|These space blankets make you feel so freaking hardcore, I can't lie. |
I'm going to use these pictures a lot. You've been warned.
But of course, now that I'm a few days removed, I'm feeling much less satisfied with my 2:00:00 and much more eager to hop back into half-marathon training. I have a goal to crush! I'm going to use the Nike DC Women's Half as my last long training run then go for a PR at the Long Branch NJ Half-Marathon on May 5.
Despite my renewed enthusiasm for training, I can't quite start up again because my left hip flexor has been feeling tender and slightly painful. Womp womp.
As annoyed as I am with my body for not cooperating, I need to listen to it. So for now, I'm going to focus on what cross-training I can do without pain (trying the elliptical today or tomorrow), strength training, and of course yoga.
But I can still be thinking about training and what I want to do differently over the next 6 weeks, right?
More Strength Training
I generally got in two sessions a week, but one of them was often slightly lackluster. I want to aim for three if possible and make sure that I have at least two good strength workouts a week. I think this will make my legs and core stronger and will hopefully keep me from having two straight weeks of minor leg injuries like I had right at the end of training in March.
Strength training can be a Nike Training Club workout, a Refine Method or Uplift Studios class, a training session with Amanda, or a workout I put together for myself that is 30 minutes of straight work or 45 minutes with some cardio thrown in (see: any of the strength workouts on my workout page).
Much More Yoga
I really failed on the yoga front during NYC Half training. That's a mistake I don't want to repeat since I'm sure it contributed to some of the tight muscles that caused some pain. I also love yoga and relish that calm, centered feeling I get after a good class.
Now that my trainer, Amanda, is teaching close to my apartment, I'm going to have at least one class on my schedule every week. I'm going to try for two classes, but if I can't make a second class happen, then one class and one at-home practice using my yoga for runners flow or Tara Stiles's Relax download. I might even try to participate in Tara Stiles's month of yoga in April -- it seems like a cool idea!
Fewer Runs, Higher Quality
Some weeks I'd have up to six runs scheduled, following Hal Higdon's intermediate plan. While I think it worked out ok, I also think I might be slightly injury-prone, so I'm going to try to concentrate on 3-4 quality workouts a week. I'm thinking long run, tempo run, speed work, and an optional recovery run.
Those faster runs are also going to, hopefully, be with faster people. I've found that I can push myself a lot harder when I'm running with someone, so I think I'll be able to see greater speed improvements the more I run with speedy people!
|Hey speedy friend! Please get better quickly so I can chase you through Central Park!|
I'm going to make good eating a priority leading up to the NJ Half-Marathon on May 5. Obviously, there will always be fun nights of Mexican food or drinks out with friends. I'm not going to limit those since they happen once a week at most, typically.
But I am going to limit the other indulgences, like eating half a bag of tortilla chips because I just finished a long run or having a City Bakery chocolate chip cookie because I just finished a spin class (whyyyy is the UWS Flywheel right by City Bakery's UWS location???). I need to work on discerning "I deserve this!" from "my body needs this as fuel."
|For example -- had soft serve fruit for dessert Tuesday night instead of dessert at the Thai place we ate.|
How do you change your training in between races? What are your training goals right now?