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 a little late getting my usual Monday running post out but I felt so passionately about sharing my thoughts on the ‘What The Health’ documentary I just had to vent and get that out early in the week.
Week 2 of SeaWheeze Half Marathon training is officially in the books and I’m thrilled to report that I had an awesome week. I realized that after having such an awful first week of training that something needed to change. After a lot of thinking it came down to simply changing my mindset and just like that my passion and joy for running came back.
I ended up doing a 6 miler, 3 miler, 5 miles of speed training then 7 miles of trail running for a grand total of 21 miles WOO HOO! Along with all that running I took 3 yoga classes which helps stretch out my sore muscles so much.
I was really tempted to not write this post since last week’s training was pretty much nonexistent.
BUT I think it’s really important as a blogger to keep it real and share both the highs and lows that come with training for a half marathon.
I’m frustrated because I was so pumped up to start training after sharing my plan on the blog last week. However, I’m really just struggling balancing my work demands and running.
I’ve always worked full time while training for half marathons and shit even my marathon but it’s always been at a desk job.
I haven’t talked about this much on my blog but back in May (during my running break) I moved into a Field Marketing position at Perfect Bar which requires an insane amount of both physical and mental strength.
Hey, hey hey!
I’m back from a wonderful vacation and now it’s officially time to whip my butt into shape for the SeaWheeze Half Marathon which just happens to be exactly 1 month from today.
As you all know I took the past 2.5 months off of running to let my shin splints and calf heal up. While my legs feel better I’m SO OUT OF RUNNING SHAPE and it’s making me really nervous about running 13.1 miles in 1 month.
So what have I been doing to prepare?
I’ve done some training runs this past week on vacation with my longest run being 5 miles. But since I’ve been home from vacation I really wanted to sit down and develop a game plan for training so I don’t re-injure myself. After spending some time
researching googling training plans to get ready for a half marathon in 1 month I finally found one from Women’s Running that sounded pretty realistic. The plan I am choosing to loosely follow (emphasis on loosely) is their “intermediate runner” plan for someone who can currently run 5-6 miles.
Should we start this post off with the good news or the bad news?
Let’s do the bad to get it out of the way!
Last week I ran the La Jolla Half Marathon and completely destroyed my right leg. My original goal was to just go out there and have a good run since it was my first half marathon in about 9 months. Well…my competitive nature got the best of me and I stupidly gave the race 110% when my body was nowhere near ready for that kind of intensity.
This entire past week I’ve been dealing with awful calf pain…we’re taking pain so intense it hurts to walk! So instead of training and working toward my real goal of a 1:45:00 at Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego on June 4th I’ve been stretching, foam rolling, icing and even went and got new running shoes with custom insoles.
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 have so much running related stuff to update you all on so we’re just going to jump right into this post okay?
In 2016 I ran all my races with 1 goal in mind: finish without dying. This year I’m a lot more comfortable with my running abilities and after last weekend’s Hot Chocolate 15k I’m feeling more confident than ever that I can chase down a half marathon PR!
My next half marathon is the La Jolla Half in just a couple of weeks. I’m not in shape enough to PR on that course especially with all the crazy hills. So the race I’m really training and working towards is the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon on June 4th.
My current half marathon PR is 1:54:23 which is pretty freakin fast! For Rock ‘N’ Roll I’m not looking to just shave a minute or two off this time I’m looking to CRUSH IT and work towards a 1:45:00. This would require me to run about an 8 minute mile for the entire race and considering my average pace on today’s 12 mile trail run was 10:30/ mile I’ve got A LOT of work to do.
Sorry this post is a day late but I was just too dead from my trip to San Francisco to write anything yesterday.
Speaking of my trip…it was AMAZING! We flew in early Friday morning and immediately headed to Blackwood for brunch and bottomless mimosas. If any of you ever go to San Francisco you HAVE TO try Blackwood’s “Millionaire’s Bacon”…it will change your life. The rest of the day was spent sipping on drinks and soaking up some sunshine.
On Saturday we headed up to Napa which is about an hour outside of the city for some wine tasting. To say we went all out for this wine tasting would be an understatement. We rented a limo, stayed at an AirBnB, got all dressed up and made it to 4 wineries! Our day ended with us climbing the Napa sign for a picture so I’ll let you all just use your imagination how the day went HA!
I woke up at 3:00 am yesterday (which for the record felt with 2:00 am with the time change) to drive up to LA to work the Hangar Half Marathon. When I arrived my caffeine hadn’t hit me, it was freezing and completely dark outside…needless to say I was a little bit grumpy.
Before the runners headed to the start line a few stopped by my booth to grab some samples and an older man came up and asked me if I was going to be running. Without even thinking I made a sarcastic comment and said “No way. I’m so happy I don’t HAVE to run this morning. Waking up this early to work was hard enough”. I expected him to laugh or walk away but his response totally blew me away. He said, “You never HAVE to run. You should always be thankful you get to run”.