So. . . honestly, I should rename this post Monthly Reflections. Some how, the days and weeks of March just simply ran away from me. I had every intention of keeping up with my weekly blog posts. Running and life, lately, have been a mix of highs and lows and a bit in-between.
Running Lately- I was in high training mode through January and February, seeking a PR in a late March half marathon. There were some bumps in the road with consistent training through those months-life happens and the flu knocked me out for almost two weeks total! My weekly mileage was shaky and I was getting a lot of quality workouts, the long runs were only ten or eleven miles each week. Reflecting back now, on those weeks of training leading up the March 25th, half marathon, I realize now that despite having a good base of running fitness, I was lacking in the benefits that tempo runs and speed work can provide for half marathon PRs.
March 25th, 2017 Old Orchard Beach Half Marathon-Not the Race I Intended:
What went wrong that day. . . First, lesson learned- never underestimate a “flat course”. Despite inconsistent training the last few weeks, I figured I could still nail my goal time. I envisioned a flat course that would allow me to “breeze” through the miles. That did not happen. Instead after the first six miles, my leg started to feel “tired and heavy”. I struggled to maintain my pace and by the last three miles, had no fast, “leg turnover”. Interestingly, I found this article online –Disadvantages of Running on a Flat Course
Lessons Learned: I had some cracks in my “foundation” and I should I have done more research on training to run a completely flat course. Be sure to understand and do training runs that mimic the type of course you’ll be racing. Understand the demands that a particularly course will place on your muscles.Reflections: Lessons Learned from Disappointment Click To Tweet
I was disappointed and feeling a little dejected, once again, by this distance. Looking back, two weeks prior to this half marathon, I raced stronger and faster at a hilly, Run Rock and Roll DC Half.
For me, I think a course with rolling hills, suits me better. My PR is also from the hilly Annapolis Classic Half marathon last November. It’s interesting how our bodies react to various types of courses.
Any race, where you can look back and find an opportunity to see what went right, what went wrong and come out feeling like you have at least learned where to go from here- is an opportunity. Setbacks, Can Be Stepping Stones.Running: Setbacks Can Be Stepping Stones Click To Tweet
Running and Training- What’s Next (Goals):
- Get back into my consistent, five days of running
- Continue to focus on increasing muscle strength
- Be consistent with a core set of strength exercises -squats, monster walks with resistance band, kettle bell exercises and balance/mobility exercises
- Build up my base mileage again and really be better about incorporating tempo runs and shorter speed work into my weekly routine
Favorite Tool for Rolling Out My Calves– this Acuball . I bring this ball everywhere with me-school, travel and at home! The Acuball really gives a good, deep pressure to the calf area and I love how relaxed and refreshed my calves feel after a good roll.
April Race Calendar- Well, April is half way done, but I do have another half marathon on tap. The very last Sunday in April. Goals for that race?? Up in the air right now. . . the race is the day after my 42nd birthday. My race calendar after April is pretty wide open, however, I do have some ideas in the works!
Over the last year and a half, I have had blood work done with Inside Tracker twice. The results have shaped my choices in nutritional needs and more specifically, choosing the right supplements and vitamins for my body. I feel good about choosing what I know my body needs, based on in-depth blood work analysis. My most recent blood work with Inside Tracker, recommended an increase in Vitamin D, B Vitamins, and Iron. Having this information from my latest blood work helps me to make informed decisions and I am not purchasing unnecessary vitamins and supplements.
I have also included, Omega 3s and BCAAs in my supplement routine. I decided to incorporate the BCAAs to aid in muscle recovery and improve performance- BCAAs provide energy to my muscles during a workout. I am proud to say that I have been remembering to actually take my supplements and vitamins each morning!!
Aww. . . Life Lately- The last few weeks of March and then sailing right into April have flown by. I am bogged down in grades, summative evaluations and weekly track meets for my Redhead. Between teaching during the day and tutoring three times a week, life has been hectic lately. I am not always able to fit it all in, but that’s okay. Sometimes, not everything fits into place neatly.
Running Makes Me Feel Good– It reminds me to stop and reflect as I run the miles, celebrate the things around me and aspire to reach new goals.
Celebrate- Being asked back as a Zooma Run Ambassador -this opportunity means so much to me. This women’s race series has lead me to lifelong friendships through running, racing and social media. I love that Zooma has always been about encouraging and empowering all levels of women runners from diverse backgrounds. More details to come as ZoomaRun celebrates its tenth anniversary this year!!
What’s going on in your life and running lately. What has made you stop and reflect, celebrate or dig for new goals?