I found the secret to a successful recovery week.
Host a whole slew of hometown BFFs for a week immediately following your race. Overpack your schedule with fun activities that don’t involve running, drink so much you’re physically incapable of running, and decide spending every second with them is way more important than running.
Don’t feel bad about it ONE. TINY. BIT.
Ok so my body probably didn’t benefit so well from this recovery plan, but my soul sure did. <3 girlfriends.
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Questionable recovery aside, it’s time to dust off my Brooks and get back to it. Because I have FOUR WEEKS to shave 2 minutes and 6 seconds off my marathon time.
Yup, my Eugene rebound race has been decided.
It’s not ideal timing (obviously neither was my recovery) – I’d prefer to have a few more weeks to slowly come out of recovery, get back to the track parties, and get another 20 miler in – but summer marathons are sparse and the Sept 10 Boston registration date is coming fast.
And when the clock is ticking, and those dreadful final miles where [sub]3:35 became 3:37 keep haunting your post-HugeEug dreams, you get a little crazy.
Here’s hoping my confidence, stubbornness, and the [super fast] Ojai 2 Ocean course will get me through 26.2 miles in 3:34.59 or less on June 2nd.
From O2O’s facebook page
Because if it doesn’t happen at 2011’s “7th Most Likely Race to Qualify for Boston” – well, I guess there are six other races to try. But really, let’s just not even entertain that though.
(And nevermind that Eugene is currently #1 on the 2012 list)
So what’s on the menu for this abbreviated training plan?
Aint broke don’t fix it – Mon recover, Tues speed, Weds easy, Thurs tempo/hills, Fri rest, Sat LR, Sun rest
Hills! Running downhill is deceptively hard and a fast way to trash your quads before you even get to the halfway mark. I’ll be spending most of those Thursdays looking like this
Yogi reincarnation – I vow to go to (easy, restorative) yoga once a week so help me namaste
Be nice to my body – more sleep, less heavy boozing, clean(er) eating and remembering to take my vitamins (eating half a jar of gummy adult multivitamins doesn’t count)
Thread prep – I had tags on almost my entire Eugene outfit (shirt, skirt, shoes had 2 runs in them) and will eliminate a hefty amount of undue stress by starting that shopping spree early. Sooooo like tomorrow
If you’re keeping track, O2O is the same weekend as Fontana, so I won’t be getting that monster half PR I’d been planning on.
That’s alright. I mean, Hopkinton in April ’13 sounds cooler than a fresh 13.1 record anyway.