Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Week That Was: May 5 - May 11

First off, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all the feedback on my race last weekend. I am pretty sure I have responded to all the emails/texts/tweets/comments. You guys are amazing! 


This week was all about recovery. My legs did not handle the half marathon very well. I actually didn't start feeling like myself again until Wednesday! 


Monday was rough. I did some more of my Yoga + Creativity (which I will have a review up in two weeks). I told you guys, I'm trying to get better at Yoga! 


I ended up with an awful migraine on Monday that took me out for about 24 hours. First one in five months, guess I was due for it. 


Wednesday was the day I could finally break out my new shoes! I had heard amazing things about the Mizuno Wave Rider 17. I knew I needed a little more of a shoe for marathon training, so I decided to give them a try. 




Wednesday and Thursday were both very warm runs. Five miles each. I'm working on slowing my pace down to get ready for marathon training and I'm running with a hand held water bottle. 




Friday ended up being a rest day because Saturday I worked a track meet all day! 




I was in Ohio for the OVAC Track Championships. I had a really great time. I also got to see a Shuttle Hurdle Relay. If you have never heard of it, google it. It is fantastic! We had two races left, boys and girls 4x4, and then we got delayed for over an hour because of thunderstorms. We played songs about rain. It was kinda funny. 




So I woke up Sunday and was really excited to run. Coach Jeff has been telling me for weeks that I really need to do the run/walk method for marathon training. I wasn't really sure until we did it together a few weeks ago. So, I decided to set the watch at 8:30 run/1:00 walk. 


I'm not gonna lie, I felt really good. Tied my shoe too tight to start, but I hit each mile on 9:30 pace. Can't lie, it was awesome. I felt really good when I was done too. I did really well with my hand held water bottle and even tried out Honey Stinger Chews and they were awesome! Pink Lemonade was so refreshing! 




So I made myself proud this week by actually taking it easy! I've had time to catch up on things I avoided the past few weeks and got to spend some time with hubby. 


How do you get back in to running after a big race? Do you use the run/walk method?



10 comments:

  1. GREAT JOB Stef! Made me proud reading your blog and hearing you're giving the run/walk method a try and it felt for you. We'll do some some longer training runs with the run/walk and see how you feel after an 18-20 miler. I betting you'll feel pretty good. Keep up the good work!
    Coach

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    1. Thanks Jeff! I'm looking forward to it!

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  2. I just started out very slow this week and did a lot of cross training. This upcoming week i go back into full marathon training mode! Let me know how the hand held water bottle works. I am debating on getting one

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    1. So far so good! I would recommend one for summer marathon training!!

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  3. The new shoes together with the ProCompression socks...AMAZING!

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    1. Even in my head I couldn't have had the colors match that well!

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  4. Congrats on getting back out there!

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    1. The miles aren't going to run themself!

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  5. Cool! I'll be really interested in hearing how the run/walk program works for you.

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    1. I'm hoping it helps. Marathon training is tough and I want to just make it out alive through the summer months!

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