Thanks so much for all the kind words and excitement from the Marathon this past weekend! I love how runners share in one-another’s excitement ❤
The recovery process is not easy… especially when I feel so good! I don’t have any soreness/tightness/tiredness. I just want to do something to make me sweat!
I will try and hold off a little longer before I run… but I will start doing some cross training. I am honestly going crazy without a workout of any kind. And yes, I am actually have some big mental struggles with eating and not working out that I have not had for the last few weeks. While I am not expanding the energy I normally am on these days off, my appetite has not subsided at all– I am still eating a ton! And craving the carbs, even though I am not doing anything but sitting and studying!
A few things are helping me deal with this mental component however:
- Realizing that NO ONE should remain at “peak-race performance” throughout the year. That is a recipe for an injury, not to mention would end up being detrimental to your training. So I am telling myself to use these non-racing months (end of Nov-Jan to Feb-ish) to take time off…eat… get that period…work on strength exercise to push through those last miles of a race… and yes, get out of running shape! I think it would be great for my legs to do cross training, focus on lunges/squats/burpees/deadlifts/etc and let them slightly “forget” about running. It will feel funny when I get back into training mode for whatever race I have planned in the Spring, but I know my body, and I think my legs will really really appreciate it! So bring on the winter pounds and insulation!! My body needs it to ultimately be HEALTHY FOR LIFE.
- Eye on the goal– get my period back to signify my body is “healthy”. No matter how much weight I have put on since I started this whole recovery process… no matter how many other “signs” I have had that my body is coming back alive and being properly nourished (my hair is growing, skin color is brighter, belly rolls, energy level)… I still need to get back to menstruating. I am trying to think of these rest days (or rest months!) as the perfect opportunity to do all of this!! Long-term, Andrea, this will make you a better runner and a healthier person!
- Get back into fun cardio cross-training like spinning, stair climbs, etc. I LOVE STAIRS. Kind of like I LOVE hills! I did the a Stair Climb race last January and it was one of my favorite things! I plan on doing it again this year! And let me tell you… THAT is an entirely different kind of training! Actually… no running… but squats squats SQUATS!! Strong booty and thighs are what get you up those stairs!
I wanted to show you guys my favorite shirt I got from the marathon this weekend. I got it at the expo for 10$ and it has nothing to do with running. I loved it though!
I hope you guys have a great day and have great workouts/runs/rest days!
Do you race over the winter seasons, or do you ease back?
Do you let yourself “get our of shape” throughout the year in order to get in better shape?