Running? Oh yeah, I Am Still Doing That…

Well, it’s about time I posted an update, with Boston 4 weeks in the rear-view. It’s been a bit up and down since the marathon, as it often is, but more on the downward trend than up, unfortunately. I’m still running, but mileage has definitely taken a hit, partly planned, mostly from nagging pains and tweaks.

So, after Boston I took 4 days of complete rest then started building back up. Just easy pace stuff, letting my body set the distance and pace. The week after Boston I ran 50 something miles and felt pretty rusty for most of it. Before I go on, I should mention how I felt about Boston mentally, I suppose. The weather was the major theme and in a bad way. As with most people, my pace too was affected by cruel headwinds which intensified when running over the Newton hills. I can’t blame the wind completely for missing my goal time by almost 7 minutes though, running 2:36:54. I think a few factors played their part, one being an overestimation of my fitness going in, and two being a lack of proper planning in my pace over the beginning and finally the cold and rain along with the wind. I couldn’t find anyone to run with when I really could have used them too, but that was due to moving up in placement significantly from last year, one of the positives. I was also happy that I was able to keep grinding along even though I didn’t sustain the pace I wanted. And like they say, a personal best is a personal best at the end of the day.

With that brief recap given, I’ll gat back to the post Boston training and recovery efforts. Over the two weeks following Bostons rest week I increased mileage back to the low 60s and started working some fartleks back in. I’ve been struggling with some intense tightness in my right hamstring and the ever-present plantar in my left foot, though it has improved greatly! This has hampered the comeback enough that I’ve decided to drop out of VT City Marathon this weekend as a precaution against further injury. On Saturday I did get the chance to carefully run my first track 10k, certainly the highlight of May so far! I was still too tight to fully go through warmups, yet brazenly chose to push hard anyway and came away with my second fastest 10k yet, 34:14. I can officially say that I’m addicted to track now too! I’ve spoken with my awesome coach and she’s adjusted my training to work on speed as I focus on some more track over the next month. The plan all along has been to work on getting much faster over the summer before switching back to marathon training in early fall to prep for CIM in December. With skipping VCM I’ll now be able to get back to speed that much quicker. In fact, if you’re in Burlington this weekend and also not running the marathon, please join me for a track workout Saturday! Plan is for 3 x (5×400, first 4 @ 5k, last rep @ 3k pace) Should be a real butt-kicker; assuming the ART and graston work I got today accelerates the healing enough in my leg that I’m ready to attack it all out again.

That’s where I’m at! Apologies to regular readers on the long delay, post marathon blues… kills motivation every time. Thanks for reading!

4 thoughts on “Running? Oh yeah, I Am Still Doing That…

    • The faster you run on the track, the faster the pain ends, so best of luck bringing those times down! Yeah, VT was a planned drop, but a nicely supported long run and got to pace 5th overall female for the first 16! Def the right choice, even thigh I wanted to race it each time I saw the lead guys go by.

  1. Right, a personal best is still a personal best! But I totally get the disappointment in missing a goal by a few minutes… You’re wise to skip the marathon! I’m focusing on speed this summer as well. I’ve just now started to sprinkle speed back in. Track running is fun because you can go fast!! Maybe that’ll help you pick up from post marathon blues. Which I too understand. Your speed is truly impressive sir! I can only DREAM of a sub-3 marathon. Then again a sub-4 was a mere dream a year ago…here’s to pushing our limits!!

    • Exactly! I’m very happy I made the decision to skip, too. My legs feel much better than they did a couple weeks ago and the marathon would have totally derailed that. The track is really helping me get excited about running again! So much fun and nice short workouts compared to marathon training. Thank you! I was struggling to break 3:30 just a couple years ago, it’s amazing how quickly the progress can happen with consistent training. Good luck with the speed over the summer, have tons of fun!

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