I do this thing after races—> I know that I should take a break (which I do… I took 9 days off and then kept things slow after the St. George Marathon) and go easier.
BUT in the back of my mind I think I should be building upon my fitness from the last race and keep pushing it. I feel like I should be a step ahead when Boston training actually begins on December 28th. I kind of stress out seeing that I am losing the fitness that I built up for the last marathon.
(Probably the most attractive selfie I have ever taken… taken while running SGM)
Sure, I should have a base and all for when marathon training starts BUT I am quite injury prone and I have to shake myself and remember—> this is off-season for me! That means much lower mileage than what I do during marathon training and slower easier paces which results in losing some fitness!
My 3 Main Reasons for being okay with losing running fitness right now (I am writing this to help remind myself that this is what is supposed to be happening right now in order for the next training cycle to go really well).
1. This is my time to focus in on the little things (that aren’t really that little) like core work and my flexibility/mobility. Less miles running = way more time to do millions of squats, stretching and 8 minute abs.
2. Marathon training goes on for a long time (usually about 14ish weeks for me) and I DO NOT/REFUSE TO/WILL NOT enter into marathon training burned out mentally/physically or with some sort of injury. I just won’t this time around. I think that was a big contributor to my injury right before the Utah Valley Marathon… I started training way too early for the race and my mileage was too high (for me) for too long!
3. What better time than the holidays to take more rest days and spend time doing the million Christmas traditions that I have planned out for my little family of two. Tis the season for me to cuddle up on the couch with Brooke and watch Christmas specials as much as possible. I still want to be fit and active but less running and more cross-training.
If it is your off-season right now, it’s okay to lose some fitness and focus in on other aspects of life—> it will make your next race training so much more enjoyable and hopefully injury free!
THIS is such a good article about this topic!
This week’s spin playlist!
Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars) —> LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
Shake It Out by Florence + The Machine
Ready To Run by One Direction
Use Somebody by Kings of Leon
Give Me Everything by Pitbull
S&M by Rhianna
Trumpets by Jason Derulo
Pain by Jimmy Eat World
Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
Raise Your Glass by Pink
Bang Bang by Ariana Grande
The Monster by Eminem
All I Ever Wanted by Basshunters
Laughing With by Regina Spektor (cool-down and this song hits my soul)
I asked Brooke what she wanted for dinner and like usual, cheesy eggs were the request
I went months without seeing a movie in the theater and then last night I went to my 3rd movie in 6 days. I don’t know if you notice or not but I tend do go through phases with certain things and go crazy with them.
Gotta love our creepy eyeballs.
And then I tried these in my friend’s car on the way home for the first time ever. Deliciouso.
How do you prefer your eggs? Cheese or no cheese?
Is it your off-season? Or are you in training mode right now?
Favorite form of cross-training lately?
Current favorite Trader Joe’s item(s)?