Where do we go from here? And a #RunTheBoom #Fitsok Winner!

This post was written for publication last Sunday. I thought it better to post it as is rather than edit it to the present day.

Where do we go from here?

As of today, I’m quite impressed at how I’ve been able to recover from Grandma’s Marathon. It seems like this time around, it was a bit easier. Boston, by far, seemed like a more taxing race recovery wise. It could be because I just forced myself to get out there the day after Grandma’s and keep moving, albeit slow as molasses. I probably could have done the same after Boston….if I weren’t hungover, and if we didn’t have to spend the day traveling home.

Still, even after I got home from Boston, I opted to take the time off. I didn’t attempt to run until 3 days after that marathon. This time, I just got right back on the horse.

It wasn’t an easy marathon. If you read my race recap you already know that. I didn’t have much residual soreness. In fact, stairs nor toilets were a challenge. This tells me that it therefore wasn’t a particularly hilly run. I did, however, have my share of restless leg syndrome. And I have a bruise developing on my big toe. I think they refer to it as “turf” toe. Whatever it is, it wakes me up in the middle of the night just throbbing. I’m not quite so sure what to do about it, lest taking an NAISD. Tonight, I’ll try a little Aspercreme to see if that takes care of it.

#runtheboom

My next half marathon will be the Red, White & Boom on July 4th. I’m not looking for any miracles, here. I’m just looking for a long run on what will likely be a hot morning. I pumped out 11 miles this morning, with little fan fare. I took it slow, and aimed to keep my heart rate below 165. I was fairly successful, with the exception of having to climb some hills in the summer heat. Then, the heart rate gets difficult to control…period.

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As of today, I’m registered to run the Kansas City Marathon in October. This is the one I’d love to ace. I have heard that it is a hilly run, but they are changing up the course this year. I know I’ll research it well, and then train for it accordingly. I have some ideas and some new workouts I want to incorporate for this run. I will have a methodology as far as training is concerned. But I have some hurdles as well.

The biggest is my weight. I know many will tell me I don’t have a weight problem. I’m 5’4” and am sitting at 122 right now. I also know a lot of this is muscle, as I resistance train 3 days a well. It is fairly obvious that I’ve got some musculature unlike the typical 50-year old grandmother. I can tell by the second glances I get on days where I don a tank top. The last thing I want to do is jeopardize that muscle, but if it is in fact the reason why I can’t get back down to 113, where I’d rather be for a marathon run, then I’m willing to cut back on that training. I could turn it into something more cardio by decreasing my weights and increasing my reps. I will take that into consideration.

The second hurdle is keeping my heart rate in check by doing heart rate training. I’ve started and stopped this at least 5 times before I ran the Chicago marathon. I have to keep it going this time around. I believe I could become a much more efficient runner if I could master this. It means running long, slow, methodical training runs without worrying about my pace. To keep my heart rate in the 150s right now means 9:30 miles. This is much slower than where I’d wish to run a 10 or 12 miler. But I understand that it is important for me to train my heart to be more efficient in the long run.

I’m involved in a Facebook running challenge that has me streaking for the month of June. This is another reason why I forced myself to get out there the day after Grandma’s marathon. I didn’t want to let my team down, although I was fully prepared to, until I knew the outcome of my condition post run. Somedays I curse myself for getting involved in these challenges. Other times, I’m grateful for it has kept me on my feet, even if it means moving at a snail’s pace.

As I take this voyage towards marathon number 7, I plan to keep you, as well as myself, updated on my progress and the new training techniques I’ll be adding. I would like nothing better than to PR this sucker, which would mean a sub 3:30 marathon time. Oooofda. Today it feels unattainable, but I’ve got 3.5 months to get it done, right?

Let’s see what we can do.

 I’m looking for Ken C! Ken, you won a pair of Fitsoks! Please message me your mailing address at your earliest convenience!

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