Marathon Recovery

Some people say that after a race, you should rest a day for every mile you ran.  Resting for 26 days?  Yeah, that’s not going to happen.  I have another race soon!  So I had to find a better plan.  Since I used a modified Hal Higdon plan to get me to the marathon, I’m following a modified version of his marathon recovery plan.

One interesting thing I learned – it can take 2-3 weeks to recover from running a marathon.  Admittedly, I walked at least ten miles of the marathon due to the heat and my sister’s injury, so I fully anticipate recovering a bit more quickly.  That said, I’m trying to be careful.

So for what Higdon calls zero week, the week immediately following the marathon, I was mostly a slug.  I stretched a bit and massaged a particularly stubborn knot in my calf.  By Thursday, I hopped on my bike.  I cleaned the house and took down the Christmas tree.  And on Sunday, I set out for a nice easy 5-6 miles.

This run was not all I hoped it would be.  It was only 6 miles!  Shouldn’t that be easy after training for 26.2?  But I just felt sluggish.  I couldn’t get into my running groove.  I kept looking at my watch and realizing just how slow I was going, but couldn’t convince my body to speed up.  All in all, it was a frustrating run, but it was still good to get it in.

But I guess that’s what marathon recovery is all about.  I’m trying to ease back in a bit more this week, adding cycling as a more regular bit of crosstraining, seeing as I have a triathlon in a few months.  I’m also planning to hit the Team Fight group swim tonight.  It kind of terrifies me, but I’m going to do it anyway.

The major key to this plan is to take everything easy.  I might seem like I’m doing a lot, but each workout is going to be light.  Low stress.  Easing back in.  No time for injuries, after all!

Review – RACER Wall Frames

A couple of weeks ago, the lovely folks at RACER contacted me about reviewing their wall frames, perfect for race bibs.

My first thought was “Well, my race bibs are mostly in a binder, so I’m not sure this is for me.”

My second thought was “Wait, I am running a marathon soon, and that bib needs to be highlighted!”

Right before I left home for Christmas, this arrived in the mail:

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Simple, lightweight, and very shiny and hard to photograph.  But that’s not a knock against it.  The frame comes in two pieces – the black back and a clear plastic cover that snaps over the top.  The red logo is simply a piece of paper taped onto the back – so you can remove that.

The great thing about the size of the frame is that it will fit all sizes of bibs, something a lot of bib hangers don’t do.  You can also use it for pictures or other memorabilia.  They advertise that it’s a great way to hang an 8×10 photo along with your bibs.

So, anyway, I ran a marathon.  You might have read something about that.  And then I came home and framed my bib.

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Looks pretty snazzy, doesn’t it?  And no, my wall isn’t wood paneled.  I took the picture on the floor, after hunting down a spot where I wouldn’t get terrible glare (though you can see it anyway).  Also, I can’t find my camera post-marathon, so you get cell phone photos.  Trust me, these things are great in person.

On their website, RACER offers a gallery of ideas for your frames.  I have to admit, the framed bibs look pretty awesome hung together.

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I don’t know that I will be buying a frame for every race I do (because I do have a slight racing problem), but I think it could be a fun way to collect the special bibs.  Maybe I could frame all of my PR bibs, or all of my marathon bibs.

And if you want to start your own gallery, check out RACER.  Frames are just $19.95.

Guest Post – WDW Marathon Meetup Recap

I mentioned in my marathon recap that I ran much of the race with my sister and with Colleen.  Well, Colleen attended the WDW Marathon Meetup the Friday before the race and agreed to write a recap for my blog.  And she shared pictures!Personally, I think she needs to write more – I loved reading this.  But you can always follow her on Twitter at @CBamaRun.  Thanks, Colleen!

Last weekend I was in Orlando, FL for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend festivities. I was there to run the marathon, but a few days before leaving, I also found out I would get to partake in the RunDisney Marathon Meet-up!

I arrived super anxious and excited to a very quiet Hollywood Studios.

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When we first got there we were handed our shirts to wear for the event. In previous events I had seen that participants received nice RunDisney tech shirts, so I was a little disappointed to see that these were “special” 20th anniversary cotton shirts. But, before I knew it Mickey, Goofy, and Donald were out in front of us and I had forgotten about the cotton shirt blues. We all formed lines with which character we wanted. Some people took photos with all of them, I however just got a picture with Mickey. I had never taken a photo with Mickey before and I felt since I was running the Mickey Marathon and not Donald or Goofy I should just get a photo with the main mouse.

Shortly after all the character madness ended we were greeted by a cast of all-star athletes. Among the group were Jeff Galloway, Runner’s World columnist Bart Yasso, and tv host Dick Beardsley. After introductions we broke up in to two separate running groups. Desiree Davila, Adriano Bastos (8 time WDW Marathon winner), and Joan Benoit Samuelson took those that wanted to run at a 9:30 mile pace and Jeff Galloway, Dick Beardsley, and Bart Yasso took the rest of us, the run:walk:runners who wanted to maintain a 12:00 mile pace

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We set off in to the park running for 45 seconds and walking for 15. I managed to keep up at the front of the pack the majority of the time, and I was really proud of myself for that. We ran down to Rock N’ Roller coaster, up to the hat, back around all that stuff (sorry I don’t know technical terms…), back through the behind the scenes part, through Muppet town, and then made the same loop back and ended in the stadium (home of Lights, Motors, Action). My GPS reads that it was a 2.4 mile run and just about 25 minutes. My only only only complaint is that those darn cotton shirts were kind of miserable. It was SO hot and the cotton only made it worse. Other than that, the entire run was amazing, and one of my better ones. I guess it takes running with an olympian and a little Disney magic to make me go?!

When we got into the stadium there were (delicious!) breakfast bagels waiting for us. I had an awesome bacon, egg, and cheese bagel as well as OJ and water. Maybe it’s just because I’m a broke college kid, but, free food is the best food.

Once everyone had a chance to eat and cool off a little bit we sat down and someone was beginning to introduce the panel when Joey Fatone, former member of N*SYNC, came cruising in!

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Joey talked to us about his training for the races (read: very little). His wife had previously done the Goofy challenge and wanted to this year, but broke her foot. So Joey figured he’d just do it for her! We had the chance to ask him questions. No, N*SYNC is not getting back together. One woman raised her hand and said they went to high school together and she brought her yearbook for him to sign.

Following Joey we got to hear about fitting yourself for the right shoe, be it stability, neutral, or minimalist. We also got to hear the astounding news that the New Balance shoe, specifically designed for Disney, sold out in a matter of hours at the expo. 1,000 pairs were made and were split for WDW Marathon expo and the Tink expo. The shoe sold out so quickly that they had the ones in LA for Tink overnighted to Orlando. People sure do go crazy for RunDisney! 🙂

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They showed a promo of the shoe, and Jeff Galloway was wearing them – but didn’t realize Mickey was on the heel piece. So he took of his shoe to look!

Following the shoe talk the panel of runners sat in front of us. Jeff Galloway, Bart Yasso, Dick Beardsley, Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson and Desiree Davila. We had the opportunity to ask them questions, though I can’t remember what was actually asked. I do  remember a few quotes!

“Three aspects that need focus in your life: Mind, Body, and Spirit. Life is all about balance.” – Joan Benoit Samuelson
“The lady at Starbucks curses my name every Wednesday. One piece of advice. Never have a workout named after you!.” – Bart Yasso (Yasso 800s)

“Disney is the only place in the world where you hear someone say ‘I’m “only” doing a marathon.” -Desiree Davila

“Someone ask Bart about that naked marathon.” – Dick Beardsley

“Rest is just as important as work.” -Joan Benoit Samuelson

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 Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson

After the panel, I think we all thought it was over, but who appears? DREW CAREY! And man, he’s just as hilarious as he was when I used to watch Whose Line is it Anyway?! He’s about a quarter of the size but the same size of funny. He told us about his realization that he needed to get healthy so he started running and eating right. He also advised us to always put the Plinko chip down the middle. Also, if you win a Spa from the Price is Right, they don’t install it for you. You will have a box labeled “Spa” sitting on your front yard. Good luck with the rest!

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The RunDisney crew wrapped it up with some give aways of New Balance shoes, running bags, vinalmations, and an entry into next years marathon. Following the meet up we were able to talk to all of the panel, Joey Fatone, Drew Carey, and the Fab 5. I was running late to meet up a friend to play in the parks so I only met a few people. But it was one of the best times I’ve ever had!

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10 year old me’s wildest dreams came true getting to meet Joey Fatone!

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So What’s Next?

So the marathon is over.  And that means I have to start thinking about what’s next on my schedule.  And I have to make a training schedule.  I haven’t done that in a few months.

This next training schedule’s going to be complicated as well, since I’m going to be working up to a sprint triathlon in June, as well as running four halfs before that (man, that sounds scary writing it out).

Because I’m not doing a half-ironman (which would involve a 13.1 mile run) , I need to create my own hybrid training schedule.  I’ve found a good triathlon plan that I think I want to use, and then I simply plan to lengthen the runs.  I’m not sure how this will play out when it comes to race day for the half marathons, but I’m not aiming to set any new PRs.  My focus this spring is strictly the triathlons.  It will be interesting to see how the cross-training affects my race times.  I would love to see some surprise improvement, but with some of those halfs being in warm months, I’m not expecting much.

I’m also going to be training a bit with Team Fight, which means following their workouts on Thursday afternoons.  I’m excited that they have bike clinics and the like.  I need to learn more about biking and swimming, so this is going to be an entertaining adventure.

I’m toying with a February 2014 marathon.  But we will see what happens with that.  I might be crazy.