Training Update 4 Weeks Post Marathon

I’ve very slowly been getting back into running since the Twin Cities Marathon, but I am a-okay with that. I took nearly three weeks off due to my hip not feeling 100%, but I am now finally starting to feel like my old running self. I haven’t done any speed work and will probably wait another week to do anything of that nature. Right now I’m just enjoying the relaxed approach to running (I was getting pretty burnt out at the end of my training cycle.) and being on the no-plan plan right now.

Here’s a recap of the last four weeks of my training.

Week 1 1.2 miles

The day after the marathon, I went out for a 15 minute shuffle and ran very, very slowly. Every step resulted in jolts of pain radiating through my legs, but my coach assures me it helps with recovery. The days following, there was no way I could physically runeverything hurt! Literally every muscle in my body was sore from the marathon: my calves, hamstrings, quads, abs, back, and neck. I had to take the stairs one at a time, ease my way down onto the toilet seat, and shuffle everywhere I went.

Week 2 1 mile

I told myself I was going to take 1-2 weeks off. After a week, I was getting the itch to run, so I set out for a short run Monday morning. After half of a mile, I started to feel my hip, so I called it quits after a mile. It wasn’t painful, but it didn’t feel quite right. I took the rest of the week off to give my body some more time to rest.

During these two weeks, I did no other form of cross training. I was too busy traveling back from Minnesota, getting settled back into our routine here, and honestly I could keep myself busy with so many other things anyhow: baking/cooking, the blog, Beautycounter, my athletes, work, etc.

Week 3 12 miles

After two weeks off, I wanted to run an easy 4 miles on Monday morning, but after about a mile, my hip started bothering me again. I ran 3 miles and walked the last mile back home. Boo! I did some cross-training on the elliptical, and then on Friday I tried running again. And lo-and-behold, my hip didn’t hurt! I ran 4 miles with no issues, and then ran another 5 miles the next morning with no pain as well! I took Sunday off because I didn’t want to push it.

Week 4 21 miles

This week I ran 6 miles on Monday, 3 on Tuesday, rested Wednesday, 5 on Thursday, and 7 on Friday. I wasn’t able to run on Saturday or Sunday because Craig was gone hunting. All of these runs went well. I can tell my legs are still recovering (My hamstrings in particular felt fatigued.), but my hip was fine.

Thursday I pushed Cullen in the stroller. It has been almost two months since I last pushed him, and I realized I missed my running buddy! He’s like a friend now because we’ll chit-chat during the run. Plus he still likes the stroller, so that helps.

That’s a quick recap on what I’ve been up to on the running front. I’m hoping to hit close to 30 miles this week if everything goes as planned. Our snow actually melted, and it has been raining here a lot again, but I will take the rain over snow any day!

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Training Update 4 Week Post Marathon

I’ve very slowly been getting back into running since the Twin Cities Marathon, but I am a-okay with that. I took nearly three weeks off due to my hip not feeling 100%, but I am now finally starting to feel like my old running self. I haven’t done any speed work and will probably wait another week to do anything of that nature. Right now I’m just enjoying the relaxed approach to running (I was getting pretty burnt out at the end of my training cycle.) and being on the no-plan plan right now.

Here’s a recap of the last four weeks of my training.

Week 1 1.2 miles

The day after the marathon, I went out for a 15 minute shuffle and ran very, very slowly. Every step resulted in jolts of pain radiating through my legs, but my coach assures me it helps with recovery. The days following, there was no way I could physically runeverything hurt! Literally every muscle in my body was sore from the marathon: my calves, hamstrings, quads, abs, back, and neck. I had to take the stairs one at a time, ease my way down onto the toilet seat, and shuffle everywhere I went.

Week 2 1 mile

I told myself I was going to take 1-2 weeks off. After a week, I was getting the itch to run, so I set out for a short run Monday morning. After half of a mile, I started to feel my hip, so I called it quits after a mile. It wasn’t painful, but it didn’t feel quite right. I took the rest of the week off to give my body some more time to rest.

During these two weeks, I did no other form of cross training. I was too busy traveling back from Minnesota, getting settled back into our routine here, and honestly I could keep myself busy with so many other things anyhow: baking/cooking, the blog, Beautycounter, my athletes, work, etc.

Week 3 12 miles

After two weeks off, I wanted to run an easy 4 miles on Monday morning, but after about a mile, my hip started bothering me again. I ran 3 miles and walked the last mile back home. Boo! I did some cross-training on the elliptical, and then on Friday I tried running again. And lo-and-behold, my hip didn’t hurt! I ran 4 miles with no issues, and then ran another 5 miles the next morning with no pain as well! I took Sunday off because I didn’t want to push it.

Week 4 21 miles

This week I ran 6 miles on Monday, 3 on Tuesday, rested Wednesday, 5 on Thursday, and 7 on Friday. I wasn’t able to run on Saturday or Sunday because Craig was gone hunting. All of these runs went well. I can tell my legs are still recovering (My hamstrings in particular felt fatigued.), but my hip was fine.

Thursday I pushed Cullen in the stroller. It has been almost two months since I last pushed him, and I realized I missed my running buddy! He’s like a friend now because we’ll chit-chat during the run. Plus he still likes the stroller, so that helps.

That’s a quick recap on what I’ve been up to on the running front. I’m hoping to hit close to 30 miles this week if everything goes as planned. Our snow actually melted, and it has been raining here a lot again, but I will take the rain over snow any day!

Cullen’s 3rd Birthday

Today we celebrated Cullen’s 3rd birthday!

We didn’t have a big party or do anything extra special, but I let Cullen pick all of the activities we did today, and I know he had fun with everything. (In hindsight it was probably better we didn’t have people over because Cullen ended up being sick.)

The day started out with him sleeping in until 10 a.m. (Lucky me! It gave me time to stretch after running and take my time getting ready.) This, by no means, is normal. Cullen went to bed around 10 p.m. the night before because he actually took a nap the day before. He did wake up at 6:45 a.m. but then fell back to sleep at 7:15 a.m. because he was sick.

After getting up and having some breakfast, he proceeded to throw everything back up. Poor guy! He seemed to be fine after that, so he went back to eating and then played at home for a while.

Around 2:00 p.m., Cullen said he wanted to go to the library to check out some Dinosaur Train DVDs. He picked out some books too.

Next on the agenda: an ice cream cone from McDonald’s, which cost me a whole 60 cents. (Beats buying or making a cake because I don’t need all that dessert in my house.)

We then drove to the airport to watch the airplanes take off. We also saw a big ship on the water and took a short walk around Point Woronzof.

Afterwards went over to Craig’s parent’s, so they could wish Cullen a happy birthday. Then Cullen wanted to go home and eat, so we had dinner and hung out at home until bath time and bed time. It was a pretty low-key day, but a lot of that was due to him being sick. He still had a good attitude about it all.

Cullen is such a fun kid these day, and I really do love the age he is. I tell him daily never to grow up. Ha! I love the innocence, the wonderment of everything, and the fact he still thinks I’m the funniest, coolest person around. These are days where the terrible-twos and the threenager attitude comes out, but that’s usually due to him being tired. We have a lot of fun together, and I feel very lucky I am able to stay home with him and watch him learn and grow every day.

Here are some things Cullen’s really into these days:

  • being outdoors: hiking, going to the playground, walks with Sadie
  • Helping Craig in the garden, playing hide-and-go-seek with him
  • Going to the coffee shop
  • Stroller runs
  • Favorite foods: apples (eats at least one every day), spicy chips, cucumbers, milk, frozen peas, popsicles, chocolate, yogurt
  • Spending time on my parent’s farm in Minnesota
  • Paw Patrol, Dinosaur Train, Thomas and Friends
  • Having books read to him, puzzles, dinosaur flashcards
  • Going places and running errands
  • Playing with friends

If it is hard to believe Cullen’s already three, you’re not alone, but you are probably someone on the outside looking in. Ha! If you have any desire to read about my 43 hours of labor and delivery, this is the blog post recapping Cullen’s birth story. Or you can read a recap of his 2nd birthday and 1st birthday as well.

Cullen’s 3rd Birthday

Today we celebrated Cullen’s 3rd birthday!

We didn’t have a big party or do anything extra special, but I let Cullen pick all of the activities we did today, and I know he had fun with everything. (In hindsight it was probably better we didn’t have people over because Cullen ended up being sick.)

The day started out with him sleeping in until 10 a.m. (Lucky me! It gave me time to stretch after running and take my time getting ready.) This, by no means, is normal. Cullen went to bed around 10 p.m. the night before because he actually took a nap the day before. He did wake up at 6:45 a.m. but then fell back to sleep at 7:15 a.m. because he was sick.

After getting up and having some breakfast, he proceeded to throw everything back up. Poor guy! He seemed to be fine after that, so he went back to eating and then played at home for a while.

Around 2:00 p.m., Cullen said he wanted to go to the library to check out some Dinosaur Train DVDs. He picked out some books too.

Next on the agenda: an ice cream cone from McDonald’s, which cost me a whole 60 cents. (Beats buying or making a cake because I don’t need all that dessert in my house.)

We then drove to the airport to watch the airplanes take off. We also saw a big ship on the water and took a short walk around Point Woronzof.

Afterwards went over to Craig’s parent’s, so they could wish Cullen a happy birthday. Then Cullen wanted to go home and eat, so we had dinner and hung out at home until bath time and bed time. It was a pretty low-key day, but a lot of that was due to him being sick. He still had a good attitude about it all.

Cullen is such a fun kid these day, and I really do love the age he is. I tell him daily never to grow up. Ha! I love the innocence, the wonderment of everything, and the fact he still thinks I’m the funniest, coolest person around. These are days where the terrible-twos and the threenager attitude comes out, but that’s usually due to him being tired. We have a lot of fun together, and I feel very lucky I am able to stay home with him and watch him learn and grow every day.

Here are some things Cullen’s really into these days:

  • being outdoors: hiking, going to the playground, walks with Sadie
  • Helping Craig in the garden, playing hide-and-go-seek with him
  • Going to the coffee shop
  • Stroller runs
  • Favorite foods: apples (eats at least one every day), spicy chips, cucumbers, milk, frozen peas, popsicles, chocolate, yogurt
  • Spending time on my parent’s farm in Minnesota
  • Paw Patrol, Dinosaur Train, Thomas and Friends
  • Having books read to him, puzzles, dinosaur flashcards
  • Going places and running errands
  • Playing with friends

If it is hard to believe Cullen’s already three, you’re not alone, but you are probably someone on the outside looking in. Ha! If you have any desire to read about my 43 hours of labor and delivery, this is the blog post recapping Cullen’s birth story. Or you can read a recap of his 2nd birthday and 1st birthday as well.

Fall Favorites 2017

The leaves are falling, there’s frost on the grass every morning, and the snow keeps creeping down the mountains more each day.

Fall is here!

Don’t get me wrong, I love fall, but I am just not excited about the season that followsespecially since it puts such a damper on my running.

But for the time being, I’ll enjoy the dry pavement and the tad bit more daylighteven though the sun doesn’t rise until 8:45 a.m.!! And I’m going to enjoy all of my fall favorites: soups, squash, booties, fall running gear, and guess what: nothing pumpkin-flavored! Are you impressed?!

Lululemon Tight Stuff Tight

After posting about these tights in my Fall Running Essentials post, I ended up purchasing them and absolutely love them for running in the dark because of all of the reflective area at the bottom. They are a compression tight, so they are more snug, but that didn’t bother me. Plus, they are the 7/8th length (which I love), and they have several pockets for storing all of your running essentials. (FYI These are the ‘Midnight Navy’ colorit is a dark blue/almost purple, and I love it!!)

Acorn Squash

Fall is really the only time I make acorn squash, and this Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pistachios is one of my favorites. Plus Craig likes it too, which is always a plus. It comes together in a snap and is filled with healthy quinoa, savory feta, and the pistachios add a nice crunch.

A New Day Jacket

There is a new clothing line at Target, and it is awesome! Fun, chic, I am completely in love with this anorak jacket I bought for the fall weather. I have to admit, I didn’t know if I could pull of the olive green color, but I am totally digging it. It has a longer back, which is really cute and the cinch waist gives it a more fitted look.

Taco Soup

This is one recipe I make every. single. fall. I love that this Taco Soup is a slow-cooker recipe because it is so simple! You literally brown the beef and throw the beans, tomatoes, and seasonings into the slow-cooker, and you’re ready to go. It also makes great leftovers and freezes well.

Sorel Lea Wedge

I purchased these Sorel wedges last year, and by mid-winter, they were incredibly hard to come by online. I’m not sure if the same thing will happen this year, but I wouldn’t take your chances. I am even considering ordering them in the brown color because I love them so much.

Beautycounter

These four products are my go-to every day makeup routine: Tint Skin (foundation) + Mattifying Powder + Touchup Skin Concealer Pen + Lip Gloss (peony). It is simple yet evens out my skin tone and gives a little pop of color on my lips. I also recently received another bottle of the Rejuvenating Radiance Serum (which I am obsessed about) and the Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion (which is great for combination skin and sold out twice already)!

Lululemon Extra Mile Running Shirt

I’ve gotten picky with long sleeve running shirts. Either they aren’t really that warm, ride up, the sleeves aren’t long enough to pull over my hands, or don’t have a cute cut. This shirt has none of those imperfections. I wore this shirt plus a vest on my 24*F run on Monday (Yes, TWENTY-FOUR!) and was very comfortable. This shirt is a little thicker than many of my other long sleeve running shirts, which is perfect for me who runs a little cold (no pun intended). I also appreciate that there are cuffins (mittens on the cuffs of the sleeves), which allows me to pull the material over my hands. Plus this shirt has a cute fit, pin-tucking on the shoulder, and ruffles on the sleeve for a fun, feminine touch.

Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend

I had been seeing this seasoning blend all over my Instagram feed, so when I went to Minnesota in September, and I had to buy this Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning from Trader Joe’s. So far I’ve tried the seasoning on hard boiled eggs, avocado, added it to an oil dip for bread, and as a meat seasoning. It is super good!

This picture features two of my favorite weekend casual wear items:

Lululemon Press Pause Pullover

I am in love with this sweatshirt. I need to stop randomly grabbing things off the racks at Lululemon to try on because every time I do, I end up buying the item. Ugh! But I can’t get enough of this sweatshirt, so cozy and warm, which is a must for me here in Alaska during the winter.

New Balance Cruz Shoes

I have been wearing these New Balance shoes all the time: for work, running errands, and just for fun after a run. They are super comfortable and super cute. They come in black too!

Athlete Shout-Out

I need to give a shout-out to my athlete Sam for setting a new PR this past weekend at the Zombie Half Marathon here in Anchorage on a fairly hilly course with a wretched half mile *steep* hill that leads right into the finish chute. He dealt with an injury all summer but still managed to run 2 minutes faster. AND he ran 18 minutes faster than he did two years ago right before we started working together! Hard, consistent work pays off!

Now it’s your turn to share:

What are you loving this fall?

I am actually pretty happy I didn’t include anything pumpkin-flavored in this post. Ha! Honestly, I don’t really go for all those pumpkin-flavored food products because, let’s be honest, most of them aren’t very healthy. It is fun to indulge, but I try to avoid buying that kind of stuff in the first place.

Should I Wear Racing Flats?

I’ve blogged about some of my favorite racing flats before here, but I’ve never talked about why I like to wear them for races. As with anything, they may or may not be right for you, so here’s a little insight on whether racing flats might be something you want to consider for your next race.

Racing flats are shoes I primarily wear for speed workouts and races. I always wear them for races and occasionally for speed or track workoutsit just depends upon what I’m feeling that day and if I need to get my feet used to them again. I wear racing flats when racing everything from the 5K to the marathon and have worn them consistently for the past two years. Prior to that I just wear my training shoes for races.

Each major running shoe brand has their own racing flat:

Adidas Adios

Asics Hyper Speed

Brooks Hyperion

Hoka Tracer

New Balance 1400

Saucony Type A

These are just a few examples and almost every running shoe brand has multiple racing flats. I personally have worn the Adidas Adios and Brooks Hyperion. You can read a detailed review of the Brooks Hyperion here and a quick overview of the Adidas Adios here.

Why should I wear racing flats?

Bottom line, the reason people wear racing flats is because they are lighter than regular road running shoes. For example, my Brooks Launch (my favorite pair of shoes to train in) weighs 7.5 ounces while my Brooks Hyperion racing flats weigh only 5.4 ounces. And my Adidas Ultra Boosts (training shoe) weight 9.4 ounces while my Adidas Adios (racing flat) come in at 7.3 ounces.

Now, when you really think about it, you are shaving off a mere couple of ounces, so on one hand that’s hardly anything! BUT over the course of 13.1 or 26.2 miles, it’s a considerable less weight to carry. Plus, if your feet are lighter and you mentally feel faster because of it, that may really help your mental state on race day!

Am I fast enough to wear racing flats?

You certainly are!

If you body/legs can tolerate wearing a lightweight shoe for the distance you are running, then why not?! Who cares if you are in the front, middle, or back of the pack, you deserve to feel fast and perform your best on race day!

There isn’t much to a racing flat, so if you need a more supportive shoe with extra arch support or cushion, racing flats probably aren’t right for you. Racing flats don’t provide a lot of cushion, so if you are a heavier runner, your legs are going to have to absorb the extra shock and impact, which adds up over the course of a half marathon or marathon. Racing flats usually have very little arch support, which you may not like. I am able to fit my arch inserts into my Adidas Adios shoes but not my Brooks Hyperion.

Pros to racing flats

  • Lightweight
  • Mentally you feel faster/more elite

Cons to racing flats

  • Very little support
  • Less cushion than your regular training shoes
  • They may not get a lot of use if you don’t race too often.

Questions

Comment below if you wear racing flats and why you like to wear them.

If you haven’t wore racing flats, what other questions do you have?

Should I Wear Racing Flats?

I’ve blogged about some of my favorite racing flats before here, but I’ve never talked about why I like to wear them for races. As with anything, they may or may not be right for you, so here’s a little insight on whether racing flats might be something you want to consider for your next race.

Racing flats are shoes I primarily wear for speed workouts and races. I always wear them for races and occasionally for speed or track workoutsit just depends upon what I’m feeling that day and if I need to get my feet used to them again. I wear racing flats when racing everything from the 5K to the marathon and have worn them consistently for the past two years. Prior to that I just wear my training shoes for races.

Each major running shoe brand has their own racing flat:

Adidas Adios

Asics Hyper Speed

Brooks Hyperion

Hoka Tracer

New Balance 1400

Saucony Type A

These are just a few examples and almost every running shoe brand has multiple racing flats. I personally have worn the Adidas Adios and Brooks Hyperion. You can read a detailed review of the Brooks Hyperion here and a quick overview of the Adidas Adios here.

Why should I wear racing flats?

Bottom line, the reason people wear racing flats is because they are lighter than regular road running shoes. For example, my Brooks Launch (my favorite pair of shoes to train in) weighs 7.5 ounces while my Brooks Hyperion racing flats weigh only 5.4 ounces. And my Adidas Ultra Boosts (training shoe) weight 9.4 ounces while my Adidas Adios (racing flat) come in at 7.3 ounces.

Now, when you really think about it, you are shaving off a mere couple of ounces, so on one hand that’s hardly anything! BUT over the course of 13.1 or 26.2 miles, it’s a considerable less weight to carry. Plus, if your feet are lighter and you mentally feel faster because of it, that may really help your mental state on race day!

Am I fast enough to wear racing flats?

You certainly are!

If you body/legs can tolerate wearing a lightweight shoe for the distance you are running, then why not?! Who cares if you are in the front, middle, or back of the pack, you deserve to feel fast and perform your best on race day!

There isn’t much to a racing flat, so if you need a more supportive shoe with extra arch support or cushion, racing flats probably aren’t right for you. Racing flats don’t provide a lot of cushion, so if you are a heavier runner, your legs are going to have to absorb the extra shock and impact, which adds up over the course of a half marathon or marathon. Racing flats usually have very little arch support, which you may not like. I am able to fit my arch inserts into my Adidas Adios shoes but not my Brooks Hyperion.

Pros to racing flats

  • Lightweight
  • Mentally you feel faster/more elite

Cons to racing flats

  • Very little support
  • Less cushion than your regular training shoes
  • They may not get a lot of use if you don’t race too often.

Questions

Comment below if you wear racing flats and why you like to wear them.

If you haven’t wore racing flats, what other questions do you have?