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Relaxing and Building Endurance.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

It's been less than 2 weeks since my last race, and the first time in quite a while since I haven't been in training for an upcoming event.

While I do enjoy the official pre-race training, this is good too. I am officially in 'recovery' mode right now, so I am expected to take it easy. I'm not sure if I am doing too much running right now, but my body says I am doing fine. I take it slow, and am walking and running to ensure the knees and ankles stay injury free. But, I am putting in the miles as well. I like it. I'm burning calories and eating less, too.

I am also doing more ST lately. I'm doing lots of core work now in addition to upper body training. Less intensity and focus on race preparation gives me more energy to strength train so that's good. I'm able to do both ST and running with equal intensity. I like that. Now I don't feel like I'm putting the weight training on the back burner because I will need that energy for race day.

So, I was just thinking about how differently I approach my running during different times, and thought I'd put it to words.

My next marathon will be in November, so I do have that one run to train for, but it's quite a way off. For now, I will just enjoy my running while building up my endurance until official training starts.

I am feeling great, slimming down a bit and life is good!

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


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MASRITE 3/15/2013 3:12PM

    I'm glad to see that you're "taking it easy" right now. After all those races you did, right after the other, you needed to take a break. Glad you're enjoying your st and even slimming down. Nice!!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 3/15/2013 12:23PM

    I can relate to how you feel Vic. I just finished my last race on Sunday and so far I do not have anything to train for. I took this week off from running and feel guilty doing so, but my schedule has been too busy for me to squeeze in a run. Looking forward to hitting the pavement on Sunday for sure.

If there was some way to add an hour or two to my day, I would like to think I could get more things accomplished....not likely but still a dream. I need to look over the old planner and see how I can add more strength training to my schedule. Over the summer, I am going to do more ST since I will have more free time to do so and hopefully I will be able to drop the last ten pounds I want to lose. I really don't mind doing ST, but right now the only free time I have is when the kids are home; lately they have been playing together one moment and fighting like cats and dogs the next. I don't want to start my ST only to be interrupted minutes later. It is never a dull moment in my house with my two kids.

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SEABREEZE64 3/15/2013 7:21AM

    You are doing great. I am in recovery - maintenance mode right now. My brother, Jay, finally responded about Panama. This is what he said, "Tell your running friend that He and I were in Panama at the same time. We probably did not know each other because he was at the receiver site and I was at the transmitter site at Summit, C.Z."

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CM_GARDNER78 3/14/2013 11:20PM

    That is awesome!! Way to go!! :-) What a great way to relax a little! ;-) Keep it up!

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LINDAKAY228 3/14/2013 7:58PM

    Relaxation and recovery is so good sometimes! So is shaking up the routine by doing the ST. Awes0ome!

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CHANGINGHORSES 3/14/2013 7:25PM

    Enjoy your "relaxation". It is a different frame of mind when you run to train for a race vs. running for the sake of running for health. Strength training is a big plus! Good for you. I know that I should ST but I really just cannot get into it. My idea of ST is lifting rocks to make garden walls. I really am wimpy though and could use it. I have very strong legs but weak arms.
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ROXYZMOM 3/14/2013 3:40PM

    First off - I did a double take when I saw the word "relax" after your name on the friend feed. I have never equated that word with you, you always seem to be on the go!

I am glad you are enjoying your time off from training!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/14/2013 12:48PM

    Wonderful! This is a great read and hopefully some of that ST sinks into my little head!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/14/2013 12:39PM

    Building a good aerobic base is as important as training hard. I like to strap on my heart rate monitor during maintenance running and keep the heart rate in zone 2. It allows me to keep my miles up while also letting the body recover.

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NATPLUMMER 3/14/2013 11:50AM

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STRIVERONE 3/14/2013 11:48AM

    We share many of the same goals and I get a lot of hints and nudges from your blog.
Thank you.

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PMRUNNER 3/14/2013 11:48AM

    In between specific training is kind of like being in maintenance. The training you do is less specific and a bit more fungible. You still need to train and follow a sensible diet in support of your long term goals, but you have more latitude to do as you wish rather than what your plan dictates.

Enjoy your freedom while you line up your next challenge!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 3/14/2013 11:33AM

    Enjoy your off season

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 3/14/2013 10:37AM

    Thanks for sharing! Such a timely blog as I am about to finish the Winter Run Series this weekend and my first ever marathon training doesn't start for a month. My marathon is in October. I've been wondering what to do to guide me in the interim. I'm glad to read that someone else is "in between" goals. I like what you have to say on the subject!

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DALID414 3/14/2013 10:34AM

    Just yesterday I was in the Body Pump class thinking I should train more like a guy and focus on upper body and abs! (I increased my squat weight, but haven't increased my weight for any upper body work.)

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