This last week following Phoenix marathon has been very active, but not because of running. It has been so nice to switch gears and focus on family and friends after the long marathon build-up!
Week activities included wine night with some of my girls:
Celtics game Friday night- such an intense game against the NY Knicks! In the end, our team survived with a last second win!
My Saturday started with a flywheel class with friends, which was almost as intense as the Celtics game! My friends are incredible at spin, and really push me to my maximum. It was a great first workout post-Phoenix marathon, and I am still feeling some soreness!
Flywheel was followed by some time spent with my parents (so happy that they live only half an hour south of me!), and then we met up with so many cousins to celebrate some March birthdays!
A concert at the Middle East in Cambridge capped off the night. Our awesome friend Tom’s (my friend’s boyfriend) band was playing, and they were SO GOOD! So much dancing, so much fun.
Yesterday I was back to hitting up my favorite running paths in Boston for a short and easy-paced run. It was a beautiful day out there, and it felt like spring was in the air.
I’ve started to switch gears from the Phoenix marathon to focus on Boston, which is 6 weeks from today. Since the two races are only 7 weeks apart, I have to balance recovery from the first and training for the second. I truly have follow my body and be flexible with the training plan. As the Hanson’s Method indicates in their post-race recovery section, taking time off from running is important because it gives your body time to restore glycogen and hydration levels to normal. The marathon breaks down your muscles on a microscopic level, leaving them in dire need of time for rest and repair. Hansons recommends two full weeks off from running following a marathon, but my coaches and I have agreed that I will start to incorporate shorter, lower-intensity runs into my training in the upcoming week as I am feeling somewhat recovered from Phoenix.
In the end, I am SO EXCITED to see what the next five weeks of training brings!
How was YOUR weekend? Any races/good runs?
How much time off do you usually take after a race before training for the next?
Do you like to spin? What’s your favorite cross-training activity?
Any fun plans this week? After a busy last week, so far I have some workouts and lots of SLEEP on the schedule. Boring, I know! :)
Have a HAPPY Monday!