Happy Sunday! Before I get started, congratulations to everyone that completed the Marine Corps Marathon today!!
I have been in recovery mode the last two weeks after the marathon. Granted my legs felt back to normal 4 days after the race, but I really just wanted an extended break from all workouts. Mentally it’s been great as I’ve had more free time to focus on other things that make me happy. Physically it’s been good because I finally feel pain free. No weird aches or pains, or overall soreness. I haven’t felt this good for months and it’s much appreciated 🙂
That being said, I don’t have too much to report for the Weekly Wrap this week, but I can share my two runs and what’s next for me in terms of workouts.
Last Saturday I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn 5 Miler race. I dropped down from the half marathon and that was a wise decision. The run actually felt pretty good – no heavy legs, etc. The hills in Prospect Park were tough, but manageable.
Yesterday I wanted to get in 6 miles, but gravity had other plans. I had a pretty hard fall about 4.5 miles into my run. I tripped and tried to catch myself, but ultimately I hit the pavement. My “good” knee took most of the hit, but thankfully I didn’t hit my head. I got up pretty quickly and then couldn’t help but laugh. However, I was able to jog half a mile back to my car. October doesn’t seem to be a good month for me when it comes to running, LOL.
I tried out this Vega protein drink after the run. I’m going to focus on getting more protein in my body after workouts and this is great! The taste was a little weird at first but I ended up liking it by the time I finished it. I would recommend it!
Other than those two runs, I really haven’t done much. I think I did my Yoga DVD once or twice, but I haven’t gone to the gym for any classes. Starting tomorrow I’m going back to the gym and will start taking classes again. I’ll also add in runs as well. On the weekends I will still continue to do long runs, ranging from 6-10 miles. Even though I’m not training, I still want to stay “half-marathon ready” and don’t want to lose too much of my fitness.
Can I just say how GOOD it feels to NOT be training for a race? I’ve literally been in training for something since February and I’m looking forward to running just for fun. Now that I’m in my “off-season” I’m going to focus on strength training and getting in more spinning classes and maybe a few boxing/kickboxing classes to help with my endurance.
What do you focus on when you’re not training for a race? Cardio or Strength?