The Hansons’ method calls for two weeks of no running after a full marathon. Some runners love having two weeks off, and some hate it. I’m in the first camp!
The first week after the marathon, I let myself do and eat whatever I wanted. I did no running or strength training. The only exercise I did was daily dog walks. We walk our dog for all of his potty breaks, so even when I’m not exercising I’m at least getting a few 20-40 minute walks in with the dog every day. That first week the weather was gorgeous–cool but not super cold–so we went on longer walks than usual.
By last Sunday, starting my second week of recovery, I wanted to start getting back into a routine. First, I added strength. I wanted to start a routine that I’ll be able to keep up when I start running again most days. I decided to try shorter, more frequent sessions instead of longer sessions less often. So I did between 10 and 20 minutes of strength each day from Sunday through Thursday. I switched up lower and upper body and core exercises so that I wasn’t doing the same exercises two days in a row. I used routines from Hansons Coaching Services that are a good complement to running.
Second, I started getting back into a routine of healthy eating again. I need to lose the weight I gained at the end of marathon training when I cut back on mileage but didn’t cut back from piling in the carbs. I still haven’t weighed myself so have no idea how much I’ve gained, but with all my clothes not fitting well, I know I need to lose. About a month ago, I finally quit Weight Watchers. I used the program to lose weight five years ago and maintain the loss, but for the past year I haven’t felt like it’s a good fit for training. Plus, the program is really geared toward those new to healthy eating, and I just don’t feel like I need it anymore. Instead of following a program, I’m just doing everything that has worked well for me in the past–planning out my meals in advance, loading up on fruits and veggies, and eating sweets and snacks in moderation. Tracking has also worked well for me, so I just joined My Fitness Pal to start tracking.
Healthy eating went out the window on Friday though. Dave and I had the day off work. I drove the dog out to my mom’s house, then Dave and I drove to Cleveland, two hours away. It was a short and nice drive, but I went overboard on candy at the convenience store on the way out and ate a ton of junk. Friday was a gorgeous day and perfect to have the day off work. It was a record high of 74 degrees in Cleveland, and it was nice to walk around and check things out. The main reason we went to Cleveland was to see a band that night, Thee Oh Sees. We were walking around by the venue in the Waterloo Arts District taking pictures of all the art murals when we ran into the band on the street! We talked to them for a bit and got a picture. Cool! It was a really fun night and a great show, but we were up very late drinking and eating junk. Blah!
Saturday the weather was completely opposite–very cold, very windy, and rainy. We walked around Downtown Cleveland for a bit before driving back to Pittsburgh and then going back to my mom’s to get the dog.
Yesterday was two weeks out from my marathon, so it was time for my first run! After two weeks of no running, the Hansons’ method calls for two weeks of short, easy runs to ease back into running. So Sunday’s run was just 20 minutes. It was cold, blustery, and snowed for the first time (no accumulation), but it felt good to be out. After a hot summer and warm fall, winter weather is finally here! And that means soup season is here! I usually make a pot of soup most winter weekends. Yesterday I made Smoky Tempeh and Greens Stew, a new recipe. It’s really good, very filling, full of veggies, and low-calorie.
This week I want to add one more thing to my routine–blogging more frequently. I’ll be posting on what’s next for me with running and also want to get back to my activewear posts. I went to Lululemon Sunday and have a try-on report plus have a Fabletics review and a very overdue Athleta review.
And after the past four years of running our local Turkey Trot, I won’t be doing it this year. I’m only supposed to do a 30-minute easy run on Thanksgiving, and I don’t trust myself to run easy in a race since I’m still in my “I need redemption!” mode.