On Sunday, I ran my fourth marathon! I had a great experience and I’m feeling great this week. I felt so good I even smiled for the photographers! I ran the Steamtown marathon last year, but my watch died around mile 21.5 and I walked a lot at the end. This year, I started out a little slower and kept a steady pace through the race. This is a point to point race and is downhill for almost all of the first 23 miles. Just after mile 23, there is a short steep hill that I allowed myself to walk. After 24, there is a long, winding hill that goes through a neighborhood with lots of spectators. I let myself walk all of this hill. At about mile 25.5, there is another hill that leads to mile marker 26. The last .2 are completely downhill! I highly recommend this race. It is super organized and not too big – about 2000 runners. Gorgeous fall scenery and we had perfect weather.
There were a lot of factors that helped me have a great race. Even though I was just over 2 minutes from a PR, I was just so happy to finish strong. Since most of this race is downhill, I really tried to hold back and not run too fast. I didn’t look at my watch that much and I tried to feel comfortable. I stopped at a bathroom twice – just before mile 5 and 14. I guess I was hydrated, which is good! That might have been my PR right there, but I was all about feeling comfortable. I listened to my three Les Mills programs (BODYPUMP, CXWORX and BODYFLOW) and went over the choreography in my head for the current releases. This took me up to about mile 13 and then I switched over to a running mix.
I wore a race belt that had one bottle filled with 2 Hammer gels (vanilla), half a tropical NUUN tab and water. The other bottle just had water. I sipped on my gel/NUUN bottle mixture for about the first 22 miles. After that, my stomach didn’t want anything but water. I think sipping on my nutrition instead of taking an entire gel is better for me. I also had an interval timer just in case I wanted to walk. I only used it for the last two miles and had it set to 3 min run/1 min walk. I really focused on running as much as possible and only allowing myself to walk during the main three hills at the very end. Last year, I started walking at mile 18 and walked a lot to the end.
Colby had a great marathon – 3:16!
I think the fact I’ve been teaching BODYFLOW and practicing yoga on a regular basis has really helped me. The day after the marathon I wasn’t very sore. I stretched and did a little yoga. I taught CXWORX Tuesday and Wednesday night! I also walked 1.75 and ran 1.25 on the treadmill before class on Wednesday. I’ve been foam rolling and stretching each night as well. I’ve also been trying to fit in more HIIT training with sprints and GRIT classes, which is helping me train my heart rate.
With our friend Bethany – she got a PR!
My frosty after the race :)
I have another BIG weekend coming up! This Saturday I am taking an AIM 1 (Advanced Instructor Module 1) for CXWORX! About a week ago, I decided to sign up for the AIM 1 BODYFLOW that is at the same place on Sunday. So CXWORX AND BODYFLOW AIM 1 this weekend!!! I’m really excited and hope my body can hold up!
My schedule for the day:
Justin Sanchez, Heather Bedell, Ben Feliciano
Lizzy Troutman, Aaron Ellis, Kurt Gesteland
Kurt Gesteland, Susan Laney, Justin Sanchez
LES MILLS EDUCATION
Lizzy Troutman, Aaron Ellis
Kurt Gesteland, Susan Laney
*Susan Laney was my BODYFLOW trainer for my initial training in January!! She presented on the BODYBALANCE/BODYFLOW 65 DVD!!
We also signed up to take BODYCOMBAT and SH’BAM, but after six classes – it was the end of the day for me. When you sign up for an event like this, you pre-register for the classes you want to take. Classes with equipment (BODYPUMP, BODYSTEP, RPM) can fill up quickly. Sometimes two classes were offered at the same time. RPM and GRIT were held in a different room. Steph and I signed up for classes that were all in the large main room. Instructors and Les Mills fans can attend an event like this!
(Sweaty already from the first two classes!) We were given bracelets for the classes we signed up. This gave us access to the room.
BODYPUMP 94: Great tracks and I was dying using the SMARTBAR for the chest track! Unique choreography for the warm up too! Legs were dying on lunges.
BODYSTEP 100: I’m really enjoying step and it was fun to get to do release 100!
BODYJAM 73: Biggest surprise of the day for me! I LOVED THIS WORKOUT! SO MUCH FUN!! My first time taking jam!!
CXWORX 19: Great plate work in tracks 3/4. Was dying using brand new tubes!
BODYATTACK 89: Very enjoyable for me, except my muscles were dead. Clap push ups!!! I took a little time off and stood off to the side to take pictures/videos!
BODYFLOW 69: Already obsessed with the music. Long twist track. Gorgeous track 9 song (hamstrings/forward folds). Some challenging balance poses. Or my legs were just dead??