This past week I finished the four-week recovery plan the Hansons method suggests following a full marathon. I’m not sure I needed it. I was sore the few days after the marathon but not too much, and I felt like I could have run later that week. But I’m a stickler to my plans, so I followed this one just like I do my training plans. That meant five short, easy runs this past week. I added three strength training sessions to that and daily stretching. I’m trying to get into the routine now of doing all the things I’ll do while training, and that includes strength and stretching.
The best run was this morning’s 5-miler at North Park with Jamie, Joanna, and Gretchen. We had lots to chat about, and it seemed like we were done with the run in 15 minutes instead of the hour it actually took. The miles fly by so quickly when you share them with friends! I look forward to many more runs with these ladies this year. Oh, and thanks to Eve for recognizing me from this blog and saying hi!
There’s not much else to say about the week and certainly no point in giving a day-by-day recap, so instead I’ll share some random thoughts.
I’ve put my first marathon behind me. It’s done, I’ve gone through all the emotions, and now it’s time to move on. One positive thing about that marathon is that it’s lit a fire in me to do better next time. I’m more motivated than I’ve ever been to put in hard work in 2017 to be as successful in my second marathon as I can with the elements I can control. If you didn’t catch last week’s post on my next running goals, I’ll be doing the Philadelphia Marathon next November.
Did you know the treadmill was invented as punishment for prisoners?
I read a non-running book! I loved A Man Called Ove and highly recommend it!
I have not been dashing in style. Because I’ve been doing such short runs and barely sweating, I’ve been wearing the same clothes for multiple runs. I’ve also started to wear my longsleeve race tees. In a recent Runner’s World issue, there was a profile of a woman who paired race tees with fancy tights, and I liked the eclectic look.
We’ve been car shopping. My car is 14-years-old and my husband’s is 21. I actually hate to give up my car and feel like I could get a few more years out of it, but we’ve agreed it’s time. Neither of us drive much and neither of us are car people, so I’m irritated I’m spending so much time comparing specs and reading reviews. And then, when we finally decided on what we wanted, we took the dog to the dealer and found he doesn’t fit in it. He’s too tall! We think we’ve narrowed it down, though, and will be buying within the next week or so.
A big thanks to Karen for kindly emailing me to point out her comments were not appearing on my blog. It was the same issue I had earlier this year–some comments got sent directly to my trash folder, where I rarely look. I restored them all and answered them, so that’s the reason for the delay if you noticed.
I spent the afternoon today cooking for the week. I made the Spinach and Artichoke Fritatta from Happy Herbivore. I love Happy Herbivore recipes because they use just a few ingredients that you can find anywhere, are easy to make, and generally don’t use any added fat or sugar. The fritatta and quiches in the book are made from tofu and are some of my favorite recipes.
I also roasted cauliflower, which I’ve been eating all the time recently. I could easily eat an entire head of roasted cauliflower in one sitting, but because cauliflower can cause gas, that’s not the best idea!
And I also tried a new recipe: Red Lentil Coconut Soup. It’s very good and not super coconuty, and thus, not a lot of fat.
This upcoming week I’ll start to build my mileage. I’m happy I’ll finally get to take advantage of the great weather–cold but not freezing, no snow or ice–and run more. The next two weeks will still be easy runs, and then I’ll start training for a mid-April half marathon.