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!
January-April 2014 – Trained for Nike Women’s Half Marathon
April 2104 – PR-ed at Nike Women’s Half Marathon
June 2014 – CXWORX training
June-October 2014 – Trained for Steamtown Marathon
October 2014 – Steamtown Marathon
October-November 2014 – Maintained training for 13.1
November 2014- Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon
Rest of November-December 1, 2014 – Tried to maintain mileage and train for BODYFLOW
December 2, 2014-March 7, 2015 – Got sick in December, trained for BODYFLOW, went to BODYFLOW training in January , stopped obsessing and forgot about running in the cold!!
My new running buddy – Garmin Forerunner 15
After running and training, I wanted a break! I wanted to focus on my Les Mills classes and my BODYFLOW certification. I was sick of the long runs that consumed my weekend. You know, the day BEFORE the long run. You think about the long run. Where will it be? How many loops do I have to do in the neighborhood? What do I eat for dinner the night before? What do I wear? Do I wear my nutrition belt? THEN – the morning of the long run. For some of you this might not be a big deal. Sometimes I would get myself so worked up over it. Worried about my pace, worried about the weather, worried about my legs. I just needed a break!
When I got the stomach flu in December, I took a few weeks off. Then I felt guilty. I was still teaching my Les Mills classes and practicing BODYFLOW, but not running. Then a few more weeks went by without running. Who wants to run on the treadmill? Or on the snowy roads? I wasn’t signed up for a race, so it shouldn’t matter. The guilt went away, and I started loving the break. I needed the break from running. It started to feel awesome. I was able to take different Les Mills classes at the gym. The guilt started to go away and I realized I would run outside when I really wanted to – even if that meant with warmer weather!
BODYFLOW training in January
So my three month break from running cured my “running burnout”. I felt the urge to run outside this past Sunday with Amy. She is training for 2 (!) marathons this spring. She had a 17 miler scheduled for Sunday morning and I tagged along for 6. The weather was wonderful. Sunny skies and 40+ degrees. The roads were almost completely clear from our last snow storm.
Now I’m feeling that urge to run outside more often. The warmer weather really motivates me to get out there! I’m looking at a local (cheap) ½ marathon in June I might sign up for soon. I have heard it’s hilly, but I’m not worried about time. I would like to have a little motivation to start up the “long” runs again. Anything under 12 for a long run isn’t so bad! I have to remind myself to not get so worked up over pace and to just enjoy it!
I get to teach BODYPUMP and BODYFLOW tonight! I made the image above for our gym’s Facebook page. We got snowed out last week so I’m excited for double classes tonight!!