Pumpkin’s Marathon Recovery Log 5.21-6.6.16

Happy Monday! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I wrote a training log.

So Fargo Marathon has come and gone, and it’s been just over two weeks since my marathon disaster. I think I’m just about healed, both mentally and physically, from that day. Looking back, I think what largely contributed to me not reaching my goals was a combination of heat (which I did my best to prepare for) and mental weaknesses. Leading up to race day, I did what I could to get my mind prepared for the marathon. I did visualization techniques and I engaged in a lot of positive self-talk. But it had been 3 years since I toed the line for a marathon, and I think I just forgot how LONG a marathon can feel- especially when you’re struggling physically early in the race. I think I had a bit of marathon amnesia in terms of how hard the mental battle can be. At the end of the day, I think I was physically ready for the race, but mentally less prepared. I feel like I would have missed my goal regardless of my mental strength, but I think I could have done much better if I was able to quiet the negative voices in my mind.

Physically, my body felt like it bounced back fairly quickly following the race, with the exception of a flare up of tendinitis in my right calf. I’ve had really bad tendinitis in the past, so I’m being careful to take good care of this to avoid a major flare up. As a result, there has been very little running happening in the past two weeks. I’m itching to get back to some regular running, but also trying to be mindful of what my body needs (something I struggle with). I have been doing a lot of biking on my road bike and getting chiropractic care on my sore leg.

What’s next? I’m still trying to figure that out. I know I don’t have another marathon training cycle in my right now, and will likely wait until next year to run another full. I would like to do some shorter distance races and work on building my speed and endurance in the meantime. I plan to put my name in for the lottery for Twin Cities 10 mile that takes place in October, and run some 5k and 10k races as well.

Week of ย 5/22

Sunday: day after marathon. hobble around the house.

Monday: less hobbling.

Tuesday: my first time on my road bike since last Fall. A quick 25 mile ride with a few friends on a beautiful night. Average HR around 122. According to my Fitbit, I spent about half of the ride in Fat Burn zone an half in Cardio zone.

Wednesday: nothing

Thursday: nothing

Friday: nothing

Saturday: Biking 38 miles. HR average approximately 110.

Week of 5/29

Sunday: nothing

Monday: biking with friends. Thought we were going out for 30ish miles, but ended up going 56 miles. Biking is usually pretty easy for me, but on this particular day I was way under fueled for such a long ride, and ended up bonking pretty hard around mile 40. My HR was in peak zone for about half of the ride, which is high for me for biking.

Tuesday: nothing

Wednesday: nothing

Thursday: a.m. went for a walk/jog/ hike through the trails at a nearby park. I was itching to run, but trying to mind my chiropractor’s advice. I explored the trails, did a little jogging to get my HR up, and just enjoyed the beautiful morning. 4.16 miles total, with average HR of 120. P.M. went for a group bike ride- 30.63 miles. Average HR 120.

Friday: Spin class. My first spin class since the beginning of January. It was intense and a total sweat fest. 63 minutes of cycling, with an average HR of 152.

Saturday: nothing

Week of 6/5

Sunday: 25 miles of biking with friends. A very windy day, so the first half of the ride was nice and difficult. 135 average HR.

Monday (Today!): I held out as long as I could, and even though my chiropractor encouraged me to not run before my next appointment, which is tomorrow, I was feeling pretty good and wanted to test my leg out to see where I was at. I did 4 miles at what I felt was an easy pace, but my HR was much higher than it had been at that same pace a few weeks ago. I’ve obviously lost a bit of my running fitness over the past couple of weeks, but it felt good to get out there again. My leg was a little bit sore, and I think I need to be careful not to run too hard on it until my tendons settle down.

we have a nice park with mountain bike trails just up the road from my house. Enjoyed a hike/jog there for the first time!
biking is my other favorite activity. Every Thursday night in the Summer is reserved for group rides with a bunch of incredible women!

I'm a college mental health counselor, runner, cyclist, wife, and mom to two strong-willed children. I started running in 2011 after the birth of my last child after years of love-hate relationships with fitness. My favorite distance is the half marathon, but I love the challenge of tackling the marathon. My biggest challenge is the mental aspect of racing, but my greatest strength is I'm stubborn and never give up! I'm a free spirit, an open book, and try to be authentic both in real life as well as in my internet life. Running has given me a place to face my fears, chase goals, and stay humble. Side note: I love cats and coffee and tacos.

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  1. I can’t believe you just jumped back into biking with mileage like that! Serious props! Also, I’m a bit disappointed there are no graston bruise pics in this training log… ; )