So, What’s Next?

Hi everyone!

It has officially been (just over) a week since the Victoria Marathon. Incase you missed it, you can view my expo recap & pre-marathon thoughts here and the race day review, too. That should bring you up to speed!

I wanted to share a (dorky) video I made last week about my thoughts on the marathon and what’s next to come.

So, to say I am a bit undecided as to what’s next would absolutely be true. Truth be told, I am looking forward to trying new workouts and finding a happy medium between running and everything else. We recently purchased a spin bike, so it will be nice to add that to the routine. Actually, here’s some of the thoughts mulling around in my head.

 

  • Cycling/spinning
  • Swimming (not so sure about this, but I know it is GREAT for you!)
  • Weight training
  • Yoga
  • Body weight exercises
  • High intensity interval training (HIIT)
  • Pilate-style workouts

Any exercise is great exercise, but at this point I am trying to be mindful of the workouts that will make me a faster, stronger runner. Getting stronger is never a bad thing, and there’s something to be said about a quality, balanced workout routine. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like the word balanced as much as the next person, but it is the only word that fit what I was trying to say. Nevertheless, I think switching things up will be good both physically and mentally. Running is great, but it definitely takes a toll on your body if you are not taking preventative measures to ward off injury. Fortunately, I have been quite diligent about things like stretching, foam rolling, massage therapy, athletic therapy, Epsom salt and ice baths – things like that. However, I do admit that I miss strength training and feeling physically strong. I mean, running makes me feel strong, too, but in a different way if that makes sense. I gotta say, I am looking forward to a bit more muscle definition and challenging myself with weights again! Lots of good things to come, but first I have to get through this marathon recovery.

Speaking of marathon recovery, I am feeling mostly recovered. Last week I took things easy. I’m-going-to-go-crazy kind of easy. I so desperately wanted to get outside for a run, but I knew that I would be prolonging my recovery. So, I took Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday off completely. Lots of icing, Epsom salt baths, and gentle walking around the house/grocery store. Does that even count? LOL. At least I got out of the house, I suppose. Thursday was my first “workout” and that was an upper body weight workout. Friday I took Nala for a half hour walk on the trail, and my legs felt good. My quads and hamstrings were super sore from the hills during the marathon, but I’m happy to say that most of those aches have worked themselves out : ) Soon enough I will be running again, but I am taking things nice and easy before I start any hardcore training plans again!

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to watch more of my awkward videos! I’m no expert, but it is kind of fun to play around and make these videos. Have a great day everyone!

2 COMMENTS

  1. Beatrice | 18th Oct 17

    Wow congratulations on the marathon! I also love shaking things up with workouts and trying new things, mixing and matching, although I must say I’m not much of a running or a spinning person, so we’re kind of the opposite, haha! I’m actually taking sports med class in high school right now and I was like ooh foam rolling, ice baths, yes, I am learning about this! 🙂 Glad to hear that the aches are going away and that you have been taking some much-needed rest. Happy Wednesday

    • Holly | 21st Oct 17

      Thank you so much, Beatrice! Your sports med class sounds like so much fun – definitely something that I would be interested in taking, even as someone who’s been out of high school for a while now! Thanks for the love <3

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