This is what my notes look like from our flight. I jotted down everything that popped into my mind.
It feels like just yesterday that I was nervous about my first full marathon and now here I am trying to think ahead to the next race. With me there is always a next race, in fact there are a couple more on the books through the rest of the year. No spoilers here. I will share more about the latest additions to my race calendar soon.
The Colfax Marathon was an incredible experience for me. I honestly don’t know how anything could top it. Not only did I have that magical first time race experience but I picked the perfect city to race in. When we were on our flight home I immediately started thinking about what I wanted to work on to become better. I’m not a natural runner, but I have to keep reminding myself that one year ago I was so sick that I couldn’t run. I was in so much pain and was under so much stress because of it. I’m trying to be realistic in my goals and still push myself. By nature I’m a fixer, I see something broken and I fix it so it’s no surprise that I’ve made a list about a mile long on ways I can make my training better.
Yeah, I know…holy Moses! I’ve made out my training plan for Chicago and was able to incorporate most of the items from my above list. I modified Hal Higdon’s plan for Colfax and have used it as a base for my upcoming race as well. I will be following Hal’s Novice 2 plan for the Chicago marathon in October. I was pleased with the plan, but have given myself more details on cross and strength training then most people would.
I realized that I really didn’t cross train as much as I should have and it showed. There were a lot of days when I would be too tired to really cross so I would just walk. Walking is great but I really should have been spinning. I also noticed that my core wasn’t as strong as it should have been and I missed my kettlebell workouts. I am also going to try to utilize my elevation training mask more. I used it a couple times before Colfax, but I want to really break it in especially for barre and yoga workouts. I would love to run in it but I think my neighbors would shoot me haha.
As usual I need to focus on more speed work. More hills, more intervals and more fartlek runs. I don’t think anyone can get enough speed work. I also found that I really needed more of a taper. I cut back on the running but was still doing barre and yoga. I walked a lot the days leading up to the race and I went into the race on tired legs. I don’t want that to happen again.
When I was at mile 20 of the race I really wished I would have trained past the 19 mile marker. Going into Chicago I really want to have at least one run of 22 miles. My doctor has put me on supplements tailors to my thyroid health and training requirements. I can’t wait to see how my performance changes once I have been taking them more regularly. I drank coconut water during Colfax and it works so well for me. I fueled with shot bloks, but the coconut water seemed to give me more of what I needed. I really want to play around with fueling and see what works for me.
Last but not least, I need to focus on what I’m eating regardless of how much I am running. If I eat too much I won’t lose the weight I need to trim my time down. I refuse to carry around any extra weight if I don’t have to.