Thursday, November 10, 2011

Post Marathon Runs & Upcoming Race Plans

Now that I’m 5 days post marathon, I’m finally starting to feel human.  Whenever I go balls out during a marathon  I get pretty beat up.  I basically walk like a zombie for the next few days.  I do all of the things you’re supposed to do (Drink 3000 calorie recovery shakes, drink beer, do light active stretching, go on a naked ‘recovery run’ in the finisher zone) but for some reason my legs feel like they’re on fire for days afterwards. I’ve come to accept it as part of the punishment for setting PRs.


Since I’m feeling human, I went for a quick shake-out run this morning.  Regrettably, the only thing that was “shook out” was my colon.  So, 2.5 mile run, 0.5 mile duck walk.  Whatever, I’ll take it.


Sign Up Now, I'll wait
I’ve got a few ideas for races during 2012 but I don’t have many finalized as of yet.  (Of course, other than the best virtual race involving sweating cacti on the PLANET!)  I’m going to do Rock and Roll Arizona, but other than that I’m wide open.  The Rock and Roll group is doing $20 off any race in celebration of 11.11.11, I just might have to get down on one of those.


I've been sent a VITABand to review that will be coming up shortly.  It is a bracelet that is a combination of a medical ID and a speed-pass credit card.  Which, successfully combines my two favorite things: Not dying and not wasting time by being forced to sign or punch in numbers.  Look for the review VERY shortly.


Training Back-up Plan
Finally, I've had more than one question asking how I liked my high mileage marathon training plan.  In short: If anything, I liked that it gave me the mental confidence to continue to push further, faster.  Running a mid week 15 miler really goes to show you that running 26 miles isn't ALL that much further.  So, I'll likely do something very similar for my next "key" race in January.  I'm going to try to get at least one 75 mile week in but am going to do a bit more marathon-pace work.  I didn't like that I only had a few sessions with that in there.  With 9 weeks before the race it'll be a stretch, but I'm willing to do it.  But, if I run my legs clean off, I"m going to try strapping a rocket engine to my ass and seeing if it will propel me to a sub 3:05.  Any word if rocket-ass engines are USATF legal?

10 comments:

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i am a fan of the higher mileage, but I think it just depends on what works for everyone

ahh freeze your thorns off...SWEET

TriMOEngr said...

0.5 mile duck walk = scary!

XLMIC said...

Eugene...April 29. Be there.

3:04:59. Would that be sub enough?

giraffy said...

If you're taking votes, Lesley and I will be doing my first full in Seattle...

Jeff said...

Have you ever looked into Brooks Hanson method for marathon training? It's not for everyone, but it helped me push from 3:30 to 3:02.
For me it had the added benefit that no run is longer than 16 miles. So I'm never away from my wife and family more than 2 hours on any given run. It's a great combination of speed work and lots of milage, in my opinion.

Katie said...

I'm not sure that USATF specifically forbids rocket launchers. You might be on to something.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Imknow the headwind had an effect, but you never said whether you 'hit the wall' and if you didnt, thats a big improvement and credit to Pfitz rigt?

Beth S. said...

I think it's a great idea to do higher mileage, as long as you do the proper taper. You know, that is what has always bothered me about half marathon or marathon training plans... You don't approach the actual race mileage until race day. That's why I end up altering my training plans.

Looking forward to FYTO 5K!

Chicken said...

I'll be doing the Phoenix half, as well as taking advantage of the $20 off today! I'm a firm believer that if you can run 10 miles, you can squeeze out 13!

Adrian said...

Not sure about the rocket being USATF approved, but it would be fun to attempt, yeah?

I will be running rock n roll half Seattle in June, meeting up with lots of blog friends to do it, you should join us! I'll also be running a few tris and a duathlon through the season. Do you tri?