Hope your week has been going well! I for one can’t believe it’s already almost Thursday. Blame it on the post-marathon high.
Oh weird – a marathon picture? I apologize in advance, but there will be an abundance for the next few days. (Regular celebrity fodder will resume shortly.)
First off – thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for all of the support, the good-luck and congratulatory tweets, Facebook comments, emails, gchats, texts and calls. They all meant so, so much to me! I’m truly surrounded by wonderful family and friends.
After not being able to move for the better part of Monday (a slooow 3-mile walk, and purchasing a Muscle Stick at Fleet Feet helped), and getting the world’s best Sports Massage at Equinox on Tuesday, I felt a million times better today. Still a little sore, but almost back to my old self. So what else was I to do but march myself up to my Pilates studio for an 55 minute reformer class? I had my doubts, but I had little to no soreness, and I feel great after getting in a solid toning workout.
I honestly think that the reason I had an injury-free training cycle, a pain-free marathon, and was able to finish as strong as I did was all due to my training plan.
I followed Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 1 plan religiously. I was married to that thing. And let me tell you, nothing made me happier than crossing off each run as it came and went.
Some days I couldn’t wait to run, and some days I dreaded it the entire time (like the 18-mile dehydrated from wine tasting all day the day before run).
Changes I made to the plan?
- Twice a week I added a 55 minute Pilates Reformer class for strength training. (I’ve tried and failed to do weights on my own – I end up doing 15 crunches and calling it a day), and I can’t sing the praises of Pilates enough. The core, leg, booty and arm strength and toning it gave me was invaluable during the later miles of the marathon. I completely credit being able to keep good form in the later miles to these classes. It’s a great form of cross-training if it’s available to you.
- I did a Half-Marathon at the end of Week 4 and also at the end of Week 14 rather than Week 9 because it’s what my schedule permitted. I think it worked out for the better because for the Week 4 Half, I was able to see where I was at the start of training (a 1:58 PR) and by by Week 14 I was almost to the peak of my training (a 1:55 PR!) and was able to race like it was the real thing.
- Rather than two 20-mile runs I did a 20 and a 21 with Lexi because we thought it was really important to get within 5 miles of the Marathon distance. I think it helped a lot mentally too because I didn’t hit that “oh my god is it over yet, please kill me” feeling until around Mile 23.
- Even though I was dedicated to my training plan I varied and rest days and switched runs around a bit based on plans that I had. I also had a beer (or 2) before each long run, because quite frankly life’s too short to not enjoy yourself on your weekends after you work hard all week. But I’m being completely honest when I say I didn’t miss a single training run. Not a one.
- Cross-train (Pilates)
- Stick to the training plan 100%
- If I wanted to run faster, I had to train faster. It was simple. When I trained at 9:30, I ran at 9:30. Once I started training in the 8’s, I started running in the 8’s. It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t comfortable, but it definitely works.