Training this past week has been relatively nonexistent which is in line with my plan to take it easy after the marathon. Total mileage for the week was 26.2, which I did all on one day.
I’m linking up with Meg this morning for Week In Review this morning. Head over to her blog to check out this link-up!
What have I been doing in this past week? A lot of scenic walks with my trail running backpack, some yoga and mostly nothing. I did get on the bike Friday for a really easy spin, but it was cut short when I got called into work.
I have not been too sore this week other than my calves. Most days when I wake up my calves feel as if I had done a hardcore plyometrics or strength session the day before. I’m not hurting anywhere but there is this general sense of fatigue in my body. That makes sense because it was 26.2 freaking miles…and 6 months of training!
Instead of doing nothing, I have decided to do some yoga which honestly helps me from getting too tight and getting leg cramps. In the last mile of the marathon I actually felt a cramp coming on, but luckily it subsided before I had to worry about it. Since then I have felt a few of those cramps in my quads and calves, but the yoga and mobility stuff helps out tremendously.
What kind of yoga am I doing? YouTube beginner videos. Easy, breathable stuff that I can manage. If I cannot get into a deep stretch, I simply don’t and wait for the next one I can do. The first day I did yoga, I could feel the inside of my thigh being pulled to much, so I stopped. I’m babying myself and it’s working.
What is next? To be honest, I’m looking forward to just easy running and no planned workouts for now. I want to explore the trails in my area a bit and bring my pack with me so I get used to running with it. Taking it on my walks has been good for that and also to teach me to drink while I’m going.
My future plans for racing are up in the air. XC looks really alluring from my stand point and there are a lot of fast women in my area so we would have a great team. I also want to do more trails like I said, so a fall marathon followed by the Watergap 50k looks good too. Right now I am still enjoying the time of easy breathing and relaxing.
I do have a couple strength goals for this season. Listening to a recent Runner’s Connect podcast with Tina’s strength coach Drew made me see the benefits of learning good form and lifting heavy weights instead of circuit style training. I actually might contact him for some help. My goal right now is to be able to do a pull-up. I can do about 2/3 of my bodyweight right now, so I’ve got a long way to go.
That’s what’s been up this past week. A lot of fun things, just getting outside and moving my body.
What is your favorite way to spend an off-season?
Any good strength YouTube channels to watch?
Any good 50ks or marathons I should check out?