Since the marathon, I have received all sorts of questions about my training, recovery, future plans, and much more. I figured some of you might want to hear my answers too, so I decided to create a little post-marathon Q & A on CNC. I hope you find my replies helpful!
What was your post-marathon meal?
Oh, man, it was such a bummer. I originally had big plans for a post-marathon celebration, but I was so exhausted, I ended up going home and laying on the couch. I had zero appetite, but I knew I needed to eat, so I practically force-fed myself some food from the Whole Foods hot bar. It wasn’t the post-marathon marathon that I envisioned, but I made up for it the next day with a batch of homemade oatmeal raisin cookies and a bottle of wine!
How is your recovery going?
Right after the marathon, I was in rough shape. I felt terrible. Everything on my body felt terrible. I actually woke up in the middle of the night because I was in so much pain. (I took Tylenol and went back to bed.) The next day, I was pretty sore, but I actually felt better than the previous evening. I took a couple of walks with Quinn and Murphy on Tuesday and Wednesday to get the blood flowing in my legs, and, on Thursday, I got a massage. By Friday, I was feeling a whole lot better– no soreness, no aches or pains, and I actually wanted to work out. Prior to that, I had no interest in exercise, but I figured if I wanted to move, I should ease back into it. So, on Friday afternoon, I had my first workout back at KFIT and it was awesome!
Can you tell me more about your pre-training?
Sure thing! I was really worried about getting injured during marathon training since the training for my previous two were a total disaster with injury after injury. For my pre-training for the Boston Marathon, I increased my long run time by 5 minutes for two weeks in a row and then planned a “step back” week when I gave my body a little break. So, for example, I would run for 70 minutes one week, 75 minutes the next week, and then drop down to 60 minutes the following week. I did this for a couple of months with the goal of being able to run for 90 minutes. In addition to a long run, I would do a couple of shorter runs (2-4 miles) during the week.
What was your fueling and hydration strategy for marathon?
I ate a packet of GU every 45 minutes and drank water or Gatorade every other water stop.
Do you think the weather affected your marathon performance?
I honestly don’t know. The weather definitely wasn’t great, but I was so excited about race day, I didn’t even notice it after awhile. I spent a lot of time fiddling around with my Spibelt, gloves, GU, iPhone, and headphones because my hands were frozen and just wouldn’t work, so I suppose that slowed me down a little bit?
Will you run another marathon?
Good question! After Boston, I really wanted to register for another marathon, but I will probably hold off for awhile. Marathon training was really time-consuming and kind of tough on our family at times, so I’m going to focus on shorter distances in the future. Oh, yea, important to note, even though I don’t want to admit it, all of the running was really hard on my body, especially with my UC stuff. I had (mostly) minor symptoms the whole second half of my training. Boo.
What’s your next race?
Do you think your training plan helped you get to marathon day injury-free?
Absolutely!! Running 3 times per week was just the right amount of running for my body. The workouts were challenging, but they didn’t push me over the edge either. I highly recommend Megan’s training plan if you’re thinking about running a marathon in the future!
Will you share your marathon training plan?
I’d love to, but Megan runs a coaching business, so reach out to her if you’d like to work with her. She also has training plans for other distances too!
Did you gain weight this time?
I didn’t. I actually lost weight. I’m thinking about writing a blog post about this in the future because I did a lot of things differently with my diet this time around. Keep a lookout for it!
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