Obviously having never run a marathon before I had no idea how I was going to feel afterward or what my fitness energy level was going to be. From all the blogs I’ve read and people I’ve talked to, everyone is so different. You have those that don’t even want to think about lacing up their shoes again for weeks afterward, those that are in too much of a world of physical hurt to run for a little while and those that are too mentally wiped out from the experience, those that get back out there the next day (aka: beastmode), and many in between.
Well as it turned out, I found myself wanting to get right back out there except that my quads had another agenda. I felt surprisingly well everywhere else but for the first several days I had a really difficult time getting up or sitting down without holding on to something for support. Even up until Wednesday night things were rough enough that when my yoga instructor had us do Garland pose I legit started laughing. It was okay though because she knew what I just did on Sunday.
For those not familiar with Garland pose…this:
I just laughed again. Are you freaking kidding me?!
That night my husband and I were watching one of the most horrible movies I’ve seen in awhile. It’s called Devil’s Due and if you like horror movies, don’t even waste your money…between that and Pompeii, within the past week I think I’ve reached bad movie critical mass for the rest of my life. Suddenly I remembered that I had a brand new Gaiam massage roller in the other room and rolling my quads would be a much better use of my time than watching that crappy movie. I went to town on those muscles! I must have spent about a half hour on each leg and when I was done I felt FANTASTIC.
Yesterday morning was the first day that I haven’t had to have my husband practically drag me out of bed. Thanks, Gaiam roller!
Anyway, I’ve been loosely following suggestions from the Hal Higdon recovery plan this week and just like with everything else Hal Higdon ever does or says, I love it. I would have had no idea about it if not for a great new blog I started reading recently called Spiritual Creaminess. (He just ran his first marathon in Pittsburgh and the great recovery advice could not have come at a better time for me! Thanks, Running Bear!!) The Higdon plan mentioned that I could attempt a run yesterday and run I did. I went 2 miles and could have done more, but I wasn’t going to press my luck.
Here’s how my Week Zero of workouts shaped up:
- Sunday: I ran 26.2 miles. NBD.
- Monday: Solo day with Betty which resulted in me getting more exercise than recommended. We did go to the pool though and spending time in the cold water felt awesome.
- Tuesday: Back to the gym. Rode the bike for 45 minutes on an easy resistance. It felt SO GOOD to get my legs moving again. Also did some core strengthening.
- Wednesday: 50 minutes on the bike and hot yoga class in the evening. (Hahahaha Garland pose.)
- Thursday: I RAN! 2 miles at an easy 8:40 pace. Then I hopped on the elliptical for 25 minutes, and did some abs and arms last night.
- Friday (Today): Rest day. I usually rest on Fridays anyway and I feel that I deserve 2 rest days this week. At least.
- Saturday: I’m planning on doing a relaxed 10K in my neighborhood and pretending that I’m at Zooma Annapolis with some of my favorite bloggers…
…who just so happen to also be the DC Trifecta aka Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney! I have half a mind to drive down there with Betty after her gymnastics class to be a cheerleader; my awesome friend Sara is running her first 10K there too! (GOOD LUCK, SARA!!!!) But in case that doesn’t happen, I’m looking forward to seeing Cynthia and Courtney at Fit Foodie in a few weeks. Just booked my hotel last night. PARTY AT SALT’S.
Today’s Friday Five topic is:
What’s in your gym bag?
And wouldn’t you know it, I don’t have my gym bag with me today to take any photos of the stuff in there, so I’m just going to have to fill in the gaps with hilarious stock images.
1. My shoes.
Always. Whichever pair they are may vary depending on what I’m trying to accomplish that day, but usually I have my daily drivers with me, AKA my Saucony Kinvara. On Tuesdays – which are my speed day – I have my Pure Connects.
Also I apparently like to take pictures of my feet in the gym bathroom. Whatever.
2. A hand towel.
No explanation necessary for this one I’m sure. I sweat a lot.
3. A bottle of water.
Lucky for me, I’m not as hydrationally challenged as that woman; when I drink my water at the gym, it goes into my mouth every time. What I don’t have (and really need) is a nice water bottle to take with me because usually I’m drinking out of throwaway plastic ones. If you have one you love, feel free to rec it here!
4. Bondi Bands
I always have at least one in my bag and sometimes more. They are my go-to headband for all my fitness activities. As I stated in #2, I get really sweaty and these bands are the best I’ve found for absorbing all that, plus they stay put on my little peanut head. I even wear them when I’m not exercising sometimes to keep my very long hair out of my face.
If you haven’t tried a Bondi Band before and would like to, next week I am hosting a giveaway so stay tuned for that!
Percy the train is just one example of the multitude of toys that always seem to end up in my gym bag by the thoughtful hand of my toddler. I’m also currently carrying around a container of bubbles and an Abby Cadabby figurine. You never know when you might need Abby Cadabby during your workout!
I hope everyone has a GREAT weekend and GOOD LUCK to everyone who is racing!
Do you have a favorite water bottle to recommend for me? Do you reverse taper after a big race?