Well rest and recovery seem to do a body good – but you guys know/told me that. Looks like my time off the pavement and in the pool has really helped heal my little pinched nerve. It’s not all the way there yet (the pain/soreness still goes into my hamstring) but my doctor gave me the go-ahead to start adding some miles back in last week. Let’s discuss…
45 minute spin class + 20 minutes of my “noodle exercises” in the pool.
A few people asked what these “noodle exercises” are. Basically, I float on a noodle (resting under my armpits) and do 10 sets of 50 “bicycles” in the deep end. Literally just moving your legs like you are on the bicycle.
20 minutes of noodle exercises
60 minute Moksha yoga class
4 miles + 10 minutes on bike + noodle exercises
This was my first run in about 10 days (it felt like forever) and it was totally pain-free! I don’t remember the last time I ran on a treadmill. It was weird to be able to control my pace but kinda nice. I ran 10 minute miles then cooled down on the bike then changed into my bathing suit and hopped in the pool. Successful morning.
Noodle exercises + lotsssss of foam rolling and stretching.
I was really sore on Friday after Thursday’s run. It was a bit frustrating but I knew I had to rest and recover and adjust my plan accordingly for Saturday.
3 miles + 45 minute spin class + noodle exercises
I really wanted to go for a “long run” but made the smarter decision for the long run – aren’t I punny?
75 minute Power Flow class
So obviously I am running less, CrossFit-ing none (I put my membership on hold until after the race – but I am still a big believer in the benefits of strength training for running!) and focusing my efforts elsewhere. I am still training but I think this whole journey has really illuminated that there are so many aspects to training. Training for a marathon is more than miles. You don’t need to run a billion miles a week to train for a marathon or even just to “stay active.” Don’t get me wrong: miles are still important but fitness is like food… everyone is different! As always, figure out what works for you in order to attain optimal health. For me this is through balanced fitness (which I am clearly still figuring out), fueled nutrition, adequate sleep and stress management.
My mileage isn’t according to plan, I miss lifting, and the pool still grosses me out. But I know this is what I need to be doing right now. I love to run but I am learning that my body doesn’t love countless miles. I am focusing on continuing to train smart and trusting my training thus far. I need to trust that the strength I have built up is not going to disappear in a month. I need to focus on cross-training and recovery in the pool, with yoga and spinning. I need to eat nutritious food. I need to sleep more and stress less. I need to listen to my body. I am almost there.
My intention this week is to cross-train before hitting 18-20 miles over the weekend (cross your fingers!). Then I will taper, rest and recover before the big day. Thank you for all of your continued support and encouragement – and for visiting this space to allow me to blab about this journey to 26.2.
Questions of the day…
Are you training for a race or competition? What is your focus/training plan?
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