Sorry but you have to deal with just one more race pic.
Candice and I must have spent at least 35 hours together pool running. PS she is back to road running and feeling great after her stress fracture! PPS have you ever seen a cooler running tank than the guy’s in the back?!?
For five weeks I stuck to pool running like glue to get me to my marathon healthy and ready to run. You are welcome for being your pool running guinea pig.
Random things about my experience with pool running, how it transferred over to road running and what I would do differently next time (hopefully, there isn’t a next time):
-I should have gotten in two 3 hour pool running sessions over the last few weeks to help me mentally with working out for that many hours straight. We did a few two hour sessions but going from 2 hours of working out to 3.5 hours of running was definitely tough.
-Feet. Holy cow. Not running on roads for so long actually ‘allowed my feet to look cute’ (direct quote from my sister) but after just a few miles into the marathon they were completely trashed from the pounding/shoes on the pavement. Maybe don’t run a marathon first thing after so much pool running and give your feet time to gradually toughen up again.
-Pool running (and Candice) kept me mentally sane during my injury. I was still able to get a good workout in and those endorphins after our pool running workouts were pretty close to the same as if I was running on a treadmill (but still not as good as running outside). It is a good workout and it burns a lot of calories so make sure you are refueling properly.
-Cardio wise I felt awesome throughout the marathon because of all of the pool running that I did. I really strongly believe it kept up my running cardio GREAT! My breathing/lungs/heart were not the problem during the 26.2 miles. CARDIO—> pool running rocked. You can simulate speed workouts in there, tempo runs, long runs etc… I would just do those workouts according to time and not distance.
-My muscles were the problem. I don’t think that pool running can simulate hills at all and I felt like my legs were pretty dead just a little ways into my race on Saturday. My muscles definitely atrophied a little bit from taking so much time off from running. Once again, after pool running only—> take a gradual approach to hitting the roads again to build up your running muscular strength.
-NO way to simulate crazy temps and weather elements in the pool. You can’t prepare yourself for running in heat or running in wind/bad weather by pool running. I was not prepared for even a little breeze on marathon day.
-My body can only handle so many road miles before getting injured and so I am going to keep pool running in my weekly training. I will shoot for at least 1-2 times a week to squeeze in more ‘mileage’ to keep my body feeling good. Pool running is really refreshing and I never feel any aches or pains after I do it.
Will I pool run a bunch next time I am injured? Absolutely.
Will I run a marathon again after pool running for 5 weeks without any road running? You couldn’t pay me to attempt that again.
And this is what an exhausted runner and her awesome sister look like at mile 22.
Speaking of running, I really like this quote.
One of my very best friends is moving away soon. I know, super rude.
We made a really good lunch of honey/lemon chicken, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, avocado and fruit smoothies.
Night time was spent with my dearest cousin eating delicious food and
a random little outdoor concert. After we got home my other cousin from California arrived and then we watched the first episode of Walking Dead. UMMMM NO. I think I had 40 heart attacks while watching it. Never again. I closed my eyes for 90% of the episode.
And Bangs Friend left. I just don’t understand why they are choosing to live in sunny, perfect weather California over living here in Utah with me where it is 8 degrees all winter long.
Utah peeps! Check out this awesome Zumba Fundraiser Event HERE!!!
Scary shows/movies—> Love or hate?
How long do you usually take off from exercise/running after a marathon? Half-marathon? 10K? 5K?
Do you feel like you are in better cardio shape or muscular shape?
-Cardio. I need to hit the weights.
How many days a week do you cross-train?