Recovery and Training Update


I finished my first week of marathon training!

My first run would have been 3 miles but I was STILL feeling sore from the Nike Women’s Marathon.


Racking up all the fuel points

Recovery from this race has been slower than usual for me. I’m guessing PR’ing on a hilly course will do that! I’ve been sore around my left knee; it’s nothing alarming but I’m going to go easy until I’m in the clear. I’m not running today, but I have been stretching, foam rolling and icing daily-even the days I do not run.

Another culprit of my slower recovery has to be my job as I’ve worked 2 really long, back-to-back work weeks after the race. If you’ve ever worked at a busy restaurant or bar, you know how physically demanding it can be. Ex: This past Friday I worked a 10 1/2 hour shift with no break or food, so my body (especially me knee!) was spent by the time my head hit the pillow at 5 am. My job can be good money, but after my credit card balance is $0 (I’m so close!), it’s definitely time to move in to a healthier environment.

Even after that crazy night I couldn’t wait to run on Saturday! I was up by 11, eating breakfast (and watching PLL* embarrassing obsession) by noon, and out the door around 2. (Okay, so I watchedΒ 2 episodes).


*If you know what this is, we can be friends

And it was a beautiful 5 mile run. The weather was in the upper 60’s, sunny, fall leaves on the ground and runners everywhere-my city is seriously amazing sometimes. I decided to walk 1 min after every mile just to hold back the pace as a precaution.


After the 5 miler I made myself a post-run recovery PB&B (Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich) with chocolate milk.



Sunday was a movie and rest day for me, with more foam rolling and icing. I did start planning out my training schedule for the LA Marathon, which I will hopefully run on March 9th. I’m not great at following a specific training plan 100% because sometimes they just don’t work with my schedule. Most of them are very similar anyway, so I found 2 plans-one being a Hal Higdon plan and the other is the schedule I used for my first full. I merged the 2, taking aspects I liked from each and catered them around my schedule and the races I already have planned before the full marathon.


Rough Draft

I said in my 20 Rules of Marathon Training Camp that I would like to get to yoga class 2 times a week, and my goal this week is to make that happen. I should hopefully be able to make yoga on Thursday morning, and a class on Saturday or Sunday. It’s hard to get to an early class because of my late-night schedule, but this is something I really need to do. Any one else set new goals for the week?Β 

Happy Running!



18 thoughts on “Recovery and Training Update

    • Oh no! Rest up and get well soon! I always come down with something in the Nov/Dec months, which is another reason why I have a hard time staying with a training plan 100%. Hope you are running again by the end of the week!

    • It was rough! I nibbled on a half a PB&J but that was about it..when I finally ate dinner at 4 am I barely wanted to eat anymore, I just wanted sleep!

      It’s the only TV show I really care to watch right now and I’m sucked in..I feel like a teenager!

  1. What is PLL? I am sure I know it, and am just drawing a blank… ha ha. I am going to do yoga also at least once a week. I think it will be so great, and feel so good to stretch the muscles! Way to go!

    • Haha it’s a murder mystery aimed at teenaged girls! I’m embarrassed to say I’m a huge fan πŸ˜‰ Yoga is AMAZING for everyone, especially for runners. It loosens up and stretches all of those tights muscles, and really helps to prevent running injuries!

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