Saturday, March 25, 2017

Post Marathon

Post Marathon Training Analysis

I'm pretty happy with my marathon training cycle this time around. Compared to training for my first marathon last year, I ran:

2017 Marathon Training (2016 numbers in parenthesis)

  • 17 weeks training (16 weeks in 2016)
  • 74 runs (40)
  • 540.5 miles (299.5)
  • 127 hours (73)
  • 18,544 feet of elevation gain (4,531)
  • Average 31.79 miles per week (17.62)
  • Average 4.4 runs per week (2.4)
  • Average 7.3 miles per run (7.49)
  • Average 1 hour 42 minutes per run (1 hour 49 minutes)
  • Average pace 14:06/mi (14:38/mi)
Annoyingly, these numbers include warm up and cool down because I pulled them from SportTracks' online reporting that doesn't allow reporting by active vs resting laps. But they still show a significant difference from last year to this year.

Due to injury, I didn't run at all in the 2 weeks leading up to the 2017 marathon, so I basically stopped the training at 17 weeks instead of the initial 19 scheduled.

I was much more consistent in my training numbers and my pace this cycle and it paid off with a more consistent performance in the marathon.

Post Marathon Aches and Pains

I was way more sore after this marathon than I was last year. Maybe because I pushed through when I wanted to quit and walk the rest of the way. The day after the marathon in 2016, I felt relatively fine with only minor soreness. This year, it was Friday, 5 days later before I felt that way.

This year, I had an ankle injury about 3 weeks before the marathon and only ran twice in that time period. My ankle did bother me some in the marathon, but not enough to quit. In January, I injured my right elbow carrying a heavy hand-held water bottle on the outside of my arm for 9 miles of a tempo run. It never occurred to me to switch hands. Duh.

My ankle and elbow didn't bother me enough during the marathon to quit, but a week after the marathon, both were still bothering me after the residual soreness had worn off. So I went to an orthopedic surgeon to get x-rays and an opinion on both.

The verdict? Arthritis in my left ankle, along with a small bone spur. The bone spur is likely the cause of the pre-marathon injury. I broke this ankle in 2008 during a horseback riding accident and was subsequently plated and had 3 surgeries on it. The arthritis is not necessarily surprising.

Tendinitis in my elbow. The cream they gave me for my elbow reminded me of somebody putting my arm in a fire or on a hot radiator (looking at the brothers here...). But I gritted through that pain because after the cream dried, my elbow felt 100%! Unfortunately, after 3 or 4 uses (2 days), the skin on my elbow looked like it had been burned. I discontinued the medication. I'm debating going back for something else or just wait it out. Not sure where to go from here.

Post Marathon Rest

I put my self on a mandatory 2 week rest period and when I saw my doctor, I was given another 2 weeks of no running. So I'll likely start back running sometime this week or maybe next.

Sasha grazing after a 19 mile training ride.

In the meantime, I've been having fun with my endurance horse, Sasha. She has been off work for about 5 1/2 months due to her having an issue at a ride in September, then Tanna getting hurt and taking up a lot of my time and marathon training taking up a lot of my time. I also manage to hold down a full time job.

But, now that I'm not running as much, I've started riding Sasha regularly again and having fun with that.

Next up?

Well, I need to start back doing some easy running. I have a half marathon in mid-April that I may or may not get to. It has a generous time limit of 4 hours, so I could go do it and just lolly-gag around the course. Then I need to figure out a 10k training program for my July 4th 10k. Looking even further ahead, I'll do a 1/2 this fall and then back to training for another marathon for next March. I've signed up for the 2018 Asheville Marathon that is run on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. More about that as time goes on.

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