No, I didn’t run another marathon after Philadelphia, but last week I sure felt like I did. After taking a full week off from all forms of exercise besides some light yoga, I got back to some easy running and workouts last Monday. I hadn’t been to my beloved Body Pump class since the first week of August. Before that, I attended class 1-3 times a week. I even took classes while training for some of my other marathons. This time, I wanted my full focus to be on running so I just did my own strength training at home.
If you’ve never taken Body Pump, its an hour long weight lifting class with high repetitions. For each track/song, we focus on a different body part. So essentially you end up doing moves like squats for 4-5 minutes straight. Well turns out, the 3 x 15 squats with 8 lb weights that I had been doing doesn’t compare. I kept my weights much lighter than I used to, and still felt the burn immediately. But the actual class wasn’t even that bad- it was the 3 days that followed that made me want to cry.
So, here is how last week looked as far as workouts:
Sunday 11/30: Rest
Monday 12/1: 4 miles easy (First run since the marathon! It felt really weird after a week off!)
Tuesday 12/2: 3.86 miles easy
Wednesday 12/3: 2.5 miles, Body Pump; PM: 30 minutes easy yoga
Thursday 12/4: 3.13 miles easy
Friday 12/5: 3.25 miles easy
Saturday 12/6: 7.1 miles @ 8:37 pace
Honestly, before Wednesday’s class I was feeling good and totally recovered from the race. I felt like in a way it set me back. But really, its a different kind of soreness which is why I did the short easy runs the rest of the week. It felt good to move my legs and wasn’t “painful”- just sore.
I was actually sore for longer from this than from the marathon. For 3 days it hurt to go from standing to sitting! Its pretty humbling when you go from running 26 miles to taking a weight class.
One of the things I wanted to do during these weeks following the marathon was do different activities which work my body in different ways- mission accomplished for sure! I know I need to go back this week so that my body adapts to it again, but honestly I’m a little scared of being sore for days!
However, I challenged myself in an unfamiliar way last week, while also slowly getting back to running, and I guess that’s pretty marvelous!