I’m definitely still feelin’ the high from finishing Sunday’s race – I keep replaying my favorite parts (First Avenue, Central Park South, the FINISH!) in my head and smiling to myself 🙂
The NYC Marathon was the culmination of many (many) months of hard training, and I definitely think each and every day were worth the awesomeness that was November 7. Not every run was all fluffy bunnies and rainbows, but I can honestly say I’ve learned something about myself, running or both from every day out there on the roads.
- I’m way stronger than I thought – pushing myself through many tough tempos and solo 2-3 hour runs gave me the mental toughness I needed to get through the marathon on my own
- Smart training smart pays off – increasing mileage slowly really does help ward off injuries, and so does listening to your body!
- Stretching and foam rolling are so essential for preventing injuries! I kept a consistent twice daily routine to help keep things loose and prevent injuries
- Ice baths are awesome post-long run and help reduce soreness and speed recovery
- I can fit in 10 miles before work and still get there on time
- Sodium (salt) is an important component of a hydration plan – your body can’t absorb water without salt!
- Running with buddies is über awesome and the runs I look forward to most – I’m so glad to have met some great running buddies during this training cycle!
- Speedwork is really important, and next time I’ll start marathon pace workouts, harder tempos and maybe some mile repeats (gasp!) earlier in my training plan
- Fueling is key before, during and after runs. I definitely noticed a difference in recovery when I took in protein and carbohydrates immediately after long runs, and felt great during the marathon with my fueling plan of 2 gels (miles 10 and 20) and sips of Gatorade throughout the race.
- I think I can push myself harder – the marathon was tough, but I think I had too much left at the end (though some IT band pain slowed me down).
- Spectators are awesome – the support on the marathon course was crazy, and looking forward to seeing my mom and sister cheering really got me through the last part of the race
Another thing I learned? I LOVE marathons! Stay tuned for future plans on that 🙂
As for right now, I’m working on recovering this week! I took Monday off completely and spent some time with my mom and sis before they had to leave NYC, and did some yoga on Tuesday morning. This morning I made a triumphant return to the gym for some cross training – 32 minutes on the spin bike (easy) and 20 minutes on the elliptical with some core work, strength exercises and lots of stretching and foam rolling.
The plan is to cross train this week, and I may try a short, easy run this weekend or early next week, depending on how the IT band is feelin’. Even though I’m still pretty sore (quads = owwww!), I’m itching to get back out on the roads. Soon enough 🙂
Sine I may be in denial that the marathon is over, here are some more photos from race weekend:
Lolo Jones and I (she was SO AWESOME)
Grete Waitz and I
I was such a running nerd meeting these guys (and Ryan Hall and Joan Benoit Samuelson) – they were so great!
I took mom and sis to Eataly so they could enjoy some wine, meats and cheese the day before the race (I ate pretzels and drank Gatorade – not nearly as exciting!)
Some of the lead gals
Some of the lead guys
Meb and Dathan Ritzenhein
Sadly, I think this guy beat me…
Pics from 96th and Fifth
Me after our post-marathon Shake Shack feast 🙂
Thanks so much for all of your amazing, sweet comments on my race recap. I know the post-marathon excitement will die down soon, so I’m putting together a new list of goals for the rest of the year and 2011 (hey, homegirl’s gotta stay motivated!) so stay tuned for that.
Hope everyone that ran on Sunday is recovering well!
Question: What have you learned from past training plans? Any post-race recovery tips?