If you’ve ever trained for a race you’ve probably experienced a little something called “runger”.
What the heck is “runger” you ask? Let’s define it: “runger” = insatiable hunger you feel after running. And boyyyyyy did I have a serious case of runger this entire past week.
When you start running or heck doing any type of exercise after not doing it for awhile it sends your body into shock. You’re extra sore, tired and yep…HUNGRY!
After experiencing this crazed sense of hunger last week it really got me thinking how important it is to not let it get the best of you. Running depletes your body of its glycogen stores which can cause you to crave carbs/sugar post run. This makes it really easy to fall into that mindset of “ohhhh I had an awesome run I deserve an doughnut/pizza/giant bowl of pasta”.
I ran the SeaWheeze Half Marathon a little over a week ago and just today went on my first run…10 days later.
Immediately after the race I felt great and even the day after wasn’t super sore so I figured maybe my body didn’t get too beat up during those 13.1 miles.
Stupidly I jumped right back into my routine of doing yoga sculpt at Corepower Yoga and attempting to run… OH MY GOODNESS my muscles felt so weak I could hardly function. I was so sore and my body just didn’t feel right so instead of forcing myself to workout I laid low and stuck to walking and more gentle yoga.
This experience really got me thinking about how much recovery you really need after conquering a half marathon. Obviously everyone is different but I did some
research Googling and wanted to share with my fellow runners that way we can all run our hearts out then return to normal training without putting ourselves at risk for injury.
It’s crazy to think I only started training for the SeaWheeze Half marathon 3 weeks ago.
I was terrified going into this training cycle that I simply wouldn’t have enough time to prepare to run 13.1 freakin miles but sitting here writing this post I actually feel pretty darn confident about it.
Even while I was injured and taking a break from running I was still staying active doing yoga, lifting weights and a lot of walking. I think the fact that I didn’t just sit on my butt has made transitioning back into running way easier. Also, I truly believe when you’ve been running consistently for awhile (for me the past 2+ years) your body develops some kind of muscle memory with running and you’re able to get back into shape faster than say someone who has never ran in their life…maybe not but hey it’s just my theory and I’m going with it.
I’m so excited to say that after 2 long months of not running I’M BACK!
I’d been testing my shins/calf over the past couple weeks by speed walking and doing run/walk intervals and to my delight didn’t have any pain. I felt pretty confident that after such a long break I may be ready to return to training and wanted to test my theory with a couple short runs then did a 6 miler with my mom and Bryce last weekend and you guys…completely pain free.
Now let’s be honest here because my shins/calf may have felt great but DAMN did I feel out of shape haha! No joke, 2 miles into my run I was out of breath and my legs felt like they weighed 948759 lbs.
Getting back into shape is going to be challenging but I’m determined to come back stronger than ever and focus on a healthy training plan for the Lululemon SeaWheeze half I have coming up in August. Right now my only goal for this race is to run it smart, listen to my body, soak in the beautiful views of Vancouver and have some fun- more on my training plan and everything in the next couple weeks.
Last week I shared the unfortunate news that my right calf has been causing me a lot of pain and discomfort. Well, I attempted to ease back into training this past week and things have just gotten worse.
I’m not a doctor but I think the extra stress on my lower legs with my calf being irritated has caused my shin splints to really flare up. I’ve battled with shin splints since High School but I can honestly say I have never experienced shin pain like I did this past week.
My week of training actually started out well. I had one good run with minimal pain but then tried running Thursday and felt pain with every step and Friday didn’t even make it 1.5 miles before the pain got so excruciating I had to stop and
walk limp back to my car.
On Friday hobbling back to my car I came to the conclusion that I needed to take some time off running. I’ve been training every single week for almost 2 years and my body is just screaming at me that I need a break. I’m honestly at the point where I can hardly walk without being in pain and know if I don’t stop and take care of myself something really bad like a stress fracture is going to occur.
Balancing working full time and training for a half marathon can be challenging.
Do you run before work? After work? What if you get stuck on a project and have to skip a run?
I am not a morning person AT ALL so unfortunately most of my running has to be done after work. With that comes the added morning stress of packing to be sure to have I have clothes, fuel, sunscreen, body glide, a hat…etc.
Over the past few months I can’t tell you all how many times I forgot my Clif Shot Bloks or Body Glide and debated skipping my run. I never actually skip my runs BUT they’re certainly just a little less enjoyable when I’m missing one of my running essentials.
I’m 3 weeks into Kara Goucher’s Half Marathon training plan and all I keep thinking to myself is why the hell did I not try this plan YEARS ago.
When I started running I had no idea what I was doing and created my own training plans that were centered around a weekly long run and 1-2 recovery runs. I figured the best way to get better at distance running was to run long distances over and over again right? WRONG! I would end up blowing out my legs and being too sore for any other running.
My crazy training plans worked because I’ve now completed 5 half marathons and 1 full marathon BUT I have never felt in any of these races that I could have gone any faster. My body was so use to running the same speed over and over and over pushing the pace wasn’t even an option.
I mentioned on Monday that I have 3 half marathons coming up: La Jolla Half, Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego and then SeaWheeze. My goal for these races is going to be to achieve a PR of 1:45:00 or less so a pretty intense training schedule is going to be necessary.
With an increase in training intensity also comes necessary adjustments in my diet. I learned some VERY valuable lessons training for my marathon last year and am still dealing with the consequences of over training and denying my body necessary nutrients.
For this next training cycle I’m going to make a point to honor my body and really pay attention if I’m feeling weak, extra sore, unmotivated, pains..etc. If that happens I’m not going to feel bad taking a rest day (or two). As for food not consuming enough healthy fats was a major issue that lead to my hormones getting completely thrown off. I’ve been to many doctors appointments and have done a lot of reading on my own on the importance of healthy fats for athletes and it really inspired me to write this post.
Before you all start rolling your eyes as you read this I’ll admit as a native San Diegan I’m a baby when it comes to the weather.
Seriously, the second there’s a cloud and it drops below 60 I’m miserable.
But I’m not exaggerating that we’ve been getting SO MUCH rain this Winter. My usual running trails are flooded, some of my speed workouts have been nearly impossible due to high winds and a few times there’s even been thunderstorms. Rough life…I know haha.
So whats a girl to do in rainy weather when they have a 15k in less than a month and 3 half marathons looming in the near future?
It’s been a hot minute since I talked about running on my blog so I figured I might as well give you all a little update as I reflect upon this past year and look towards the future.
2016 was my year of running. I went into the year so inspired to crush PR’s and run my first full marathon simply to prove to myself that I could do it.
Looking back on this year I could write a 100 page essay on everything I learned about myself and the sport of running but there’s one main thing that sticks out. It sounds SO CLICHE but my main takeaway from 2016 (for both life and running) is that anything is possible if you’re willing to put in the work.