What’s Next?

Hello and Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a good weekend. I ran this weekend for the first time since Baystate! In all honesty, I really probably shouldn’t have (see below). But I was so antsy to test out my beautiful new Garmin that finally came in the mail!

Garmin Forerunner 235I opted to get the Forerunner 235 because I really wanted the wrist-based heart rate monitoring. It also doubles as a smart watch/activity tracker which I am loving so far. I had the Garmin Forerunner 10 previously, which worked really well for me for just shy of 2 years but lately, it had been showing signs of being on the decline. I had it fully charged for the marathon and it started giving me low battery warnings 3 and a half hours in! I was ready to upgrade anyway so it was kind of good timing.

I also recently received a pair of Legend Compression socks through my ambassadorship with Bibrave and I had to test them out too! SO MUCH RUNNING GEAR!

Legend Compression SocksWhile it was a very short run, my initial thoughts on the socks are very positive. I find a lot of compression socks too tight around the toes (which is why I tend to wear sleeves more often), but that wasn’t the case with these ones. I’ll post an in-depth review in the next couple weeks after testing them out a bit more.

So I ran 3 and a half easy miles on Saturday morning (I am finally back to being able to wear closed shoes, although 5 out of 10 of my toenails are a nice, dark shade of purple currently.) And then that afternoon, I was browsing around the internet and discovered the Hansons Coaching podcast! I had heard of the Hansons Marathon Method, but didn’t know they made a podcast so I was excited to check it out. Of course, the first episode I had to listen to was on marathon recovery. And the first point he made was that most runners should take 10 days – 2 weeks off after a marathon (meaning NO running). Whoops. On Sunday, I revised the error of my ways and went to a yoga class instead.

Whoops GifThe good news is that I’ll be traveling for work this week and will be way too busy to even think about running. When I get back, I’ll be past that 2 week mark and ready to dive back into things! Which leads me to my next point –

What’s next?

I’m really looking forward to getting back to working on my speed. With marathon training, I had to really focus my efforts on increasing my mileage and keeping most of my runs in my aerobic zone. That’s all well and good but I feel like I’ve been doing the same thing since last December when I began training for Delaware. Now, all I want to do is get some turn-over back in my legs by focusing on running some miles in the 7:00-7:30 range! Could I even run a mile sub-7 if I tried?? Maybe! I want to crush some 5ks and 10ks. My new watch doesn’t have any of my previous running data and it currently thinks my Fastest Mile is a 9:32 and Longest Run is 3.5 miles. Not gonna lie – I’m irrationally annoyed by this.

Luckily, Boston is a great place for running in the Fall. 🙂 There are 5ks practically every weekend and I am thinking of taking a page out of Hollie’s book and doing a lot of racing over the next few months. I’m considering targeting a half marathon PR in February.

I’m far from being done with marathons. But I’d like to give myself some time to get some speed back and THEN see what I could do in a marathon heading into a training cycle with a stronger foundation.

So that’s the plan in a nutshell for now!

What’s on your calendar for the next few months? Any Garmin fans out there?