This past weekend marked the finish of my 5th marathon. I’d like to think that the marathons have taught me something.
- Core work is key! My back was more sore than my legs when I got done with the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday.
- It is possible to run a marathon with a long run of only 15 miles. I would not recommend it unless you are an experienced runner and are doing heavy daily mileage. I think if I had been able to complete the full Hansons plan, I would have had a strong marathon finish.
- Mental strength plays a huge roll. Last week at Runner’s World, Deena Kastor talked about using positive talk to get through a hard race. (Yes, even the pros do it.) I kept telling myself I could run for one more minute each time I got tired. It totally worked.
- Active recovery helps with post-marathon soreness. I walked for 3 miles after the marathon to get home. This helped me stretch out some of the tightness in my legs. I was super tired and sore that night, but the more I moved on Monday, the easier it became to move. I am now convinced that easy movement = diminished DOMS.
- Hydration can make or break a race. I always feel like I’m hydrating well, but when I hit about 18 miles, suddenly I can’t get enough. Luckily, I’ve always had plenty of drink options at the races I’ve run, but I have to wonder if I drank more earlier if I’d feel better. Or maybe I could actually someday run a marathon that stays cool. Winter marathon, anyone?
- I haven’t had any desire to run since Sunday. I am, however, becoming a super cranky mom. Looks like there will be a run in the very near future.
- I’d love to run another marathon (that took how many days to come back???), but I’m not ready to go through training for one again. I wish I had the time and money to race so frequently that I wouldn’t need to train. Sadly, not all the case here. I’m such a failure as a Marathon Maniac LOL.
- I discovered on Wednesday night that I was down to one nuun tablet. I may have gone on amazon and bought enough more to get the free same day delivery. It arrived before noon on Thursday. Crisis averted.
- I worked out with a trainer on Wednesday. I may be able to run 26.2, but apparently I can’t do suicide sprints and jump on a block for a minute straight.
- Judging by the pictures taken of me by friends and the professional photographers, I ran Marine Corps Marathon with my eyes closed and both feet on the ground. A gazelle, I am not.
Happy Friday to all of you. Enjoy your Halloween weekend – we’ll be celebrating with Shoo as he hits double digits.