Happy Sunday and Happy Palm Sunday if you celebrate the Easter season. I don’t have too much to report this week as it was mainly a recovery week after the Shamrock Marathon. I decided to take the entire week off from running. I have to say, it felt good having 7 straight days off from running. When I ran the Chicago and NYC Marathons, I only took 5 days off from running so this has been my longest break. I’m hoping that my legs will feel fresh when I run tomorrow.
Technically this week started my training for the Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon. I’ll be doing the 8K and the Half Marathon during race weekend. If you want to join me on May 19-20 in Cleveland, use code KGCLE10 to save 10% off your race registration. Although I didn’t run this week, I still got in a few days of cross training later on in the week.
Monday 3/19 – Wednesday 3/21
Our flight back home was super early on Monday..like 6:00am early. Luckily it was a very short flight and I was back home by 8:30am.
I logged into work about 30 minutes after I got home. I was super thankful that I could work from home. Throughout the day, going down the stairs was super slow and painful. I actually started to research the costs of these chairs online – it was that bad, LOL.
I was so sore and tired and ending up going to sleep super early that night.
Tuesday I went for my weekly ART appointment and told my doctor all about the race. He’s an avid distance runner/Ironman so we always talking about running/racing. He was also kind enough to let me use his Normatec recovery boots after my appointment. I used them for about 30 minutes and it was wonderful. These recovery boots are experience but I’m seriously considering saving up and buying myself a pair to have at home!
Wednesday we had another nor’easter but it actually wasn’t that bad. We maybe got 6 inches of snow at the most. I considered doing a light workout, but just decided to use it as my last consecutive rest day.
My first post-marathon workout! I did a brisk 30 minute walk and then I caught up on FOUR days of the Total Body Challenge. Not gonna lie, that was hard! In total I did 70 supermans, 90 burpees, 70 push-ups and two 30-second planks. I was pretty sweaty after it was all over!
This is my normal rest day, but I still completed 50 supermans/50 push-ups and a 30-second plank for the Total Body Challenge. I also met up with two of my friends that were running a half marathon on Saturday. We went to Pieology to grab pizza so they could carbload before the race. I also carbloaded with them to show support, lol 🙂
Body Works + Abs Class (45 minutes)
This class proved to me that I’ve been slacking on strength training (taking one boot camp class a week is not enough). It was an intense 45 minutes of moves designed to work your arms, abs, legs, shoulders, butt, etc. It was truly a total body workout and I’m sore today. I also threw in 10 burpees during class for the Total Body Challenge.
Spinning (65 minutes/26 miles)
I was glad that my legs were rested because today’s spinning class was hard! We had a lot of hills/inclines, including one song that was a 8-minute climb! I haven’t been to class in two weeks so I was happy to be back.
Total Weekly Mileage: 0
Total Training Cycle Miles – 0
Grade – A
This might be the first training week I’ve ever had with 0 miles, but there’s always a first time for everything! I really tried to listen to my body and take it easy this week. Obviously I have a really good base going into this training, so taking a week off from running really won’t make a difference. I definitely didn’t feel guilty about not running this week after checking my FitBit stats from Sunday – craziness!!
This training cycle I am looking forward to incorporating more strength training. Since I had a lot more free time this week I planned out my training cycle for the next few weeks and I’ll have at least 3 strength or cross training workouts a week. I want to get stronger and tone up my body so this is a great first step.
How do you recover after a race? Do you take time off from running?