Yesterday was my second full rest day after the Princess Half and today I get to run three easy miles!
After my first half marathon I didn’t run for almost two weeks. Part of that was because I twisted my ankle at breakfast after the half (at least it happened afterwards!) and part of it was because my legs were sore for days.
On Monday my legs were a little sore, but nothing too bad. By yesterday night my legs were feeling 99.9% back to normal and today they are ready to go … even if it will just be a nice and easy run.
My running coach and I haven’t talked super in depth yet about how I’m going to use this down time before I start marathon training this summer, but I do know that I’ll be maintaining a long run base of at least 10 miles.
I tend to start taking walking breaks after mile five and I really want to get strong enough to eliminate those. I’m not against the run/walk method at all, but I don’t think it’s the best method for me. Taking walking breaks distracts me and takes me out of my flow. On runs of 5 miles or less I really like being able to just run straight through.
I also want to work on my 5K pace. From now until the end of May there are an abundance of local 5Ks that I can enter. After May there really won’t be anything until the fall since it gets so hot here. If I want to improve my 5K pace now is the time to do it!
Plus, my coach is getting ready to run her first triathlon in April and will also be doing some local 5K/10Ks. It will be a great opportunity for us to enter the same races… even if she is a lot faster. She’s been rehabbing after a major surgery last, but she’ll still kick butt. At her prime she was winning ultramarathons so I’m sure she is going to do awesome.
Other than planning out how I’m going to use these next few months before marathon training begins, I have been thinking a lot about the Transgrancanaria 125K this weekend! Three of my absolute FAVORITE runners are racing, which means I’ll be following them all weekend on iRunFar’s live coverage!
Scott Jurek, Timothy Olson and Seb Chaigneau are three of my favorites running this race as a warmup for the upcoming ultra season. Scott probably won’t be contending for first place, but I think Timothy has a great chance of winning and maybe even Seb too. All three of them should place in the top 10.
I made this shirt last year … because I am crazy : ) My five ultra running favorites just in case you were wondering:
Someday… someday I will be an ultrarunner too : )
If you have run a marathon, how long did you take to train for your first one?
Who is your favorite runner / who inspires you the most?