Happily Recovering

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Truly resting.

Three weeks post 100 and I honestly feel great.  Would I go out and run 20 miles?  Nah.  I could, but I don’t think it’s a great idea.  While my energy level surged over the last week, I still occasionally feel fatigued (like right now as I hang out in my recliner).  Instead of pushing myself back into hard mileage, I have been resting and following the August plan Coach Chris put together.  I’ve been asked many times over the last few weeks how I have been feeling and what I have I been doing… here is what has worked for me:

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Easy workouts and climbs with friends!

Rest: Obviously.  I have slept in when my body called for it, done easy workouts starting 8 days post 100 and have generally been taking it easy. Sleep was vital to my training and has remained vital in recovery.  I am a huge fan of Onnit’s New Mood and have continued to use it for sleep.  My job is stressful and this helps to shut my brain off and leaves me well rested!

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Food: Eat the good stuff, and the salt water taffy too.  My appetite remained huge for about two weeks.  I continued eating the healthy salads and lean proteins, but didn’t stay away from white bread and candy as I craved it.  My weight has come back up to non-race standards but my muscle mass continues to grow and my pants are still loose.  My appetite is still raging because I started to hit the gym hard this week.  Here comes the after burn!

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All of the food.

Mobility and Rolling: I have a new mobility routine put together for me by Coach and really like it.  I enjoy using it before my gym workouts and as a means of getting joints moving post desk jockey work days.  I became a HUGE fan of rolling, dynamic stretching and dry needling during training.  I have not had a needling session since mid June and don’t feel the need for one right.  

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Easy runs: It’s so nice to lace up my Altras and simply cruise around with no expectations.  It’s been great for my brain and my body.  I had a hard time getting out the door for my Friday AM run but once I had been moving for about two miles I was incredibly happy!  Running really does bring me joy!  I have also been enjoying power hikes and climbing too.  I want to get back out in the Whites a bit more before winter and SEE what I missed on those runs.  I can’t wait to use my new tent and soon will be be buying my new pack and sleeping bag!

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Back at the gym and upping the weights!

 

Reading: I am drooling over possible goals for next year. I have some things in mind (most of which I refuse to talk about yet!) and have been eating up blogs and race reports.  Running Vermont opened up huge doors for me physically and mentally.  I really don’t want to stop!

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February 6-12 Training

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View from my Friday evening hill repeats

This past week represented the first time I was scheduled for five runs and mother nature was determined to make that hard!  While my mileage is lower than most of my running friends (some of which are training for Boston) I have restraints that come in the form of long work days, horse care and snow removal.  I learned how to plow this week.  My education consisted of my husband giving me a lesson on the “fishstick” controller and walking away.  I may have scared the crap out of myself last night in the backyard but I am determined to keep trying.  Anyway…. snow removal comes before workouts, so I have found myself low on time this week.  I got it done though!

Tuesday Gym Session: I have been bugging Tony long enough about his hypocrite ways regarding cross training that he FINALLY showed back up at the gym!!!

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He cried.  I laughed.  Our typical gym routine.

Wednesday Steady State Run:  I didn’t get away from my desk on this day, so I ran after work.  That day was 50 degrees, so I scooted home, put on capris and a long sleeve and headed out the door.  The air felt amazing and I had a ton of energy.  My instructions included a 10 minute warm up, 30 minutes at half marathon pace, and 5 minute cool down.  My three miles at steady state were 9:07, 8:58 and 8:53.  I was ticking away!  Warm air makes such a difference!

Thursday Double:  Huge snowstorm that day!  I didn’t make it to the gym due to the plow “lesson” so I did an afternoon living room tabata session (40 minutes: 20 sec on/10 sec off, one minute transitions between exercises – Hollow Rocks, Tricep extensions, push ups, jump squats, mountain climbers – I went through the list twice).  Three or so hours later, I headed out into the storm for 3.2 miles after I snowblowed and plowed the yard.  I would say I burned some calories that day!  The snow had lightened up a lot and I was able to run down the snow covered pavement in spikes.  It was dark and I was the only one out.  It was peaceful.

Friday Hill Repeats: Kingman was buried in snow, so the Dions got strapped on and I suffered through 2.6 miles and 230ish feet of gain for hill work.  My heart rate was as high as it was during my steady state run, so I was working for sure.

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Saturday Long Run:  I had the pleasure of being joined by some ladies (and Tony) for a Saddleback breakout.  The trail was non-existent so we took turns breaking it out on our Dions.  What took two hours last week took three this week.  7.9 miles and 1200 feet of gain on snowshoes.  I was able to run quite a bit.  I experienced an annoying foot cramp in my right foot which I think was simply a reaction to spikes and snowshoe running this week.  I failed to roll on Friday PM and paid for that the first two miles of this run. I stretched my foot and adjusted my straps and I was fine after that!

Sunday (take account) run:  Sunday runs have become a time for me to mentally and physically check in with my body and see how we did over the week.  While my mileage is low, my efforts are hard, so I am constantly taking account of how I am doing.  Sunday was 5 miles, on which I chose road.  I am still doing my stretches and exercises and pleased to report my feet and ankles did great on Sunday.  My legs were tired overall, but I still met my goal paces.  Another 300 feet of gain finished out my week.

  • Total Miles: 23.8 (2 in snowshoes, 1 in spikes, 2 on pavement)
  • Total Elevation Gain: 1936 ft.
  • Two strength workouts

In an effort to keep this post focused, I will leave you with that!  I’m forever grateful for my affiliation with Altra Running and Born Primitive for their amazing gear, as well as friends who keep me motivated, a coach who puts up with me and the health to train. So on that note, more to come from my week!  Besides… it’s time to go plow the yard again!

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