Life After the Half Marathon: What’s Next?

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | fitness

Sep 30

Hey there!  It’s the start of another week…why can’t the weekends last a little bit longer?  Hopefully you were able to make the most of it.

Now that the Rock and Roll Philly Half Marathon is over, I am trying to figure out what the heck to do with my life when it comes to running and fitness!  Training for the race brought so much structure to my fitness life and kept me consistent.  I’m actually sad that it’s all over.   Now that I don’t have a training plan, what do I do to keep in running shape?

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Getting Back to Basics

For me, it’s all about having the right balance.  Being “injury-prone”, it is essential that I make sure that I’m doing the right things to keep my body strong, healthy, and in balance.  It’s important not to focus on one area too much while neglecting others.

Running

While it would be awesome to keep up a 3-4 day a week running schedule, it’s just not possible for me right now.  I’ve been a Saturday morning runner for ages, but when I was training I was surprised to learn how much I enjoy running on Sundays.  I’d like to keep doing longer runs on Saturdays  and have 2-4 mile runs on Sundays.  Running during the week is just not an option for me until this exam is over!

Strength

This is definitely an area that I need to work on.  I have so many exercises from my running coach and physical therapists that I could write a book!  I plan to get back to using the Nike Training Club app on my phone and following some of the 15 or 30 minute workouts.  Not only do I want to work on my lower body (squats and lunges anyone?), I want to start adding some weights.  I’m thinking of squeezing this in on mornings before work every couple of days.  I did 10 push ups Monday morning and it was a struggle…not good!

Yoga

I love yoga!  Since focusing on running these past few months,  I have only practiced a handful of times, which really makes me sad!  With all of the stress of studying for the PE, I definitely need yoga back in my life!  Not to mention yoga is great for core strength, flexibility, and balance.  I’m hoping to get back to those 10:30 am classes at the studio on Sundays, and possibly do one half hour class at home on Yogadownload.com during the week.

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Upcoming Races?

While not the cheapest way, the best way for me to stay motivated to run is to sign up for a race.  So I am thinking about what kind of races I want to do in the next few months.  Here are some of the events I’m pondering:

Workouts for the Week:

Monday 9/22:  The day after the half marathon: Are you kidding?  Rest! My whole body was aching!  Hips, glutes, calves, hamstrings, FEET!

Tuesday 9/23:  Another day of rest.  Things felt a lot better but I knew I’d be back to normal by Wednesday.

Wednesday 9/24:  Core and More Class.  It was fun as always, but for some reason all that jumping was a little hard on my calves and I felt a bit fatigued.  I didn’t have any muscle soreness at this point.

Thursday 9/25:  A rainy day, and a lazy day.

Friday 9/26:  Busy day of studying and errands.  I’d like to think I got in at least 10,000 steps!

Saturday 9/27:  Planned to go for a run but instead got my hair did…which took several hours!  Not that I’m complaining!

Sunday 9/28:  Bret and I finally went for our run.  It was more of a run/walk/hike around Forbidden Drive.  We just love it over there, but it was surprisingly hot and humid which made things uncomfortable.  Still, we made it to 5 miles and avoided lots of horse poop and mountain bikers.

Loving it out on the trails

 

How do you adjust to life after training for a big race?  Any good races in the Philly or DC/Maryland area that you recommend?  

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