Last week, I basically took the week off. My 25k was last Sunday, and I needed a few days to let my tired legs heal. This was perfectly timed considering the Cubs were down to the wire in the World Series, and I was glued to my TV for every game. This was followed up with constant checks into social media to get the latest on the celebrations throughout Chicago. (Yes, basically my social media balance went out the window last week) Even though I was feeling major #FOMO for not being in Chicago, the break to my training schedule made it possible to stay up for late nights, without the worry of early morning workouts.
All kidding aside, my training went well, my race went well and it is important to me that my recovery goes well. After speaking with my Ekiden Coach, we determined I would take a couple days of complete rest, then spend the weekend doing a few easy runs and yoga to stay loose. This next weekend I have one more trail race, a 10K, so I want to maintain, but keep the legs fresh for that event.
This week (once I get past the election drama) I will sit down and map out my race plans for spring. This will allow me to determine how long of a recovery session I will take and when to kick back up the training.
Recovery is such an important part of running, that I want to make the most of it. Typically when I am done with a race, I take one of the two paths. I get caught up in the post race blues that I keep pushing so I don't miss some "great" event, or I spend too much time resting and loose a bit of fitness while gaining a few pounds. I don't necessarily want to rest more or eat what I want during this recovery cycle, so to help with that, I will create a recovery cycle plan.
My goal for this recovery cycle is work toward restoring my base for another training. This includes incorporating more strength sessions, (I want to do weight training at least 2 times a week), keep integrating at least 1 yoga session into my weekly plan, and maintain my running without pushing too hard. My focus is to restore my muscles and build back up my strength. I also will be focusing on good nutrition, which can be a challenge during the holiday, however living in the land of year round fresh produce I hope makes it easier this season.
The last month I have been utilizing the services of Ekiden Coaching and I am really hooked. My review of my coaching experience with them is listed in this blog post, and I intend on using their services again after the holidays when I start training for a spring race.
Here are a few random thoughts from the week.
If you haven’t read this Runners World article about what it’s like to be a female runner, then you need to stop and read it right now. I am so grateful they have started this conversation. Everyone I know has experienced some form of harassment while running and it can be exhausting and intimating. I hate that it makes people not feel safe running, I hate these experiences take away from someone’s hard work, and I hate that people get away with saying the things they say to runners. Harassment effects so many runners out there, and it time we take back the power from those bullies. A great follow up to this story is the Runners World podcast episode.
Last night the Los Angeles chapter of November Project had a showing of an amazing documentary of this world wide fitness movement. This documentary called Showing Up, featured the backstory on a few members from various tribes. This movie reminded me November Project has a place for everyone and if you have a tribe near you, please try it. Here in LA we have people from all walks of life, all athleticism levels and all ages. Yet on workout day none of those variables matter, we are just there to create a community of free fitness…and free hugs.
Have an awesome week! Check back next week when I review where running will take me next.