Trying something new.

Recovery from my most recent marathon is very different this year. I still find it weird to say that I used my Marathon as a training run for my next race. Usually I would take off at least a week or two, maybe be on the bike a little bit more or do a little more swimming than normal just to let my tired legs rest. But not this year.

Instead, I was back at it within three days. And not just that, I was out at full force. Within a few days, I had to pull off a 20 miler on the trail with about 2000 feet of elevation. This is all in preparation for what’s next. My first ultra with my husband is coming soon.

Of course, I didn’t pick a race that was going to be too kind. I had to go and pick one who’s elevation gain is borderline terrifying. Why? I’m not too sure. Winter time seems to be my “running season”, whereas spring and summer I focus more on triathlon. I knew my miles would be up after coming off of the marathon, so I figured why not?

We’ll see how it all pans out, but I’m hopeful. I figured that since I didn’t die doing that 20 miler with all of the elevation just a couple days ago, I should be able to survive. Not sure how well I’ll be walking for the first couple of days afterwards, but I think it’ll be OK. I will say that I recover much faster running on trails despite the increased elevation and challenge. There’s definitely something to running the trails versus hitting the pavement, especially as I get older.

I will also say that cross training has helped me survive without injury. I have to practice what I preach, and when I tell patients that cross training will be their best bet, I mean it. It really does cut down on overuse injuries and helps your body to recover quickly.

Before the ultra, at least we have scheduled a nice diversion. This weekend will be a fun 20 K at our first Viking dash. I’m looking forward to it. What do you have on your schedule right now?

Don’t be afraid to do something different.

Run Happy. Run Long.

#runningtruths

Amy is a marathoner and triathlete, a mother of four, an Exercise Physiologist and a Physical Therapist. She lives with her husband, Dan (also a marathoner and triathlete), and kids in Lewis Center.

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