For the past two weeks I have pretty much been focused on
recovery being lazy. And by that I mean hardly running at all and eating all sorts of tasty, but completely unhealthy food. Ice cream is my favorite food and I might have had some everyday the week after the marathon (#dontjudge).
The first few days after the race I was incredibly sore. I’d like to think I wouldn’t have been quite so sore had I been running regularly leading up to the race, because wow. Literally every part of me hurt. Even weird things, like my arms. I did my first post race run on Friday. It was just 2 miles and when I finished I felt like I had just finished a long run. I was tempted to run again on Sunday, but in the end I decided to take full advantage of my recovery time.
The second week of recovery was slightly more structured. I was starting to miss running and was getting anxious to get the next phase of my training underway.
Monday 10/26: 4 miles
Tuesday 10/27: strength training (core)
Wednesday 10/28: 2 miles
Thursday 10/29: rest
Friday 10/30: 3 miles
Saturday 10/31: rest
Sunday 11/1: 3 miles
Most noteworthy in this week was Tuesday’s strength training session since it ties in to my next training phase, which will basically be running + P90X. It is a 90 day plan that will take me from the beginning of November to the end of January.
The running component is fairly straight forward: rebuild my running base to 40 miles per week. I will be aiming for one long(ish) run and 3-5 shorter runs per week. There will be no intervals/tempos/hill repeats, just easy mileage with a few strides thrown in each week. Maybe some form drills. The focus is volume, not speed.
The P90X component is the part I will struggle with. I have been extremely lax with strength training in 2015. I’m blaming buying a house and losing access to my apartment complex’s gym. I chose P90X because I already own it (Yay! Free!) and when the weather is terrible, I won’t have excuses such as “The roads are bad, I can’t drive to the gym.” I’m adapting the lean schedule by replacing the cardio videos with running and doubling up workouts on some days.
As I am building my mileage during this program I will slowly be cutting back on strength training. My hope is that when February hits I will be ready to start an actual training program (5ks!) but still be able to maintain 1-2 videos per week (core and yoga, most likely).