Sunday, March 18, 2012

Our Recovery Week (Sort Of)

After the Mountain to Fountain 15k we both had a planned easy first half of the week to recover mentallly and physically.  Our main goals are Grandma's Marathon and the US Half Marathon Championships on June 16.  Even just a few easy/recovery days in the beginning of the week are nice to recharge our systems and stay motivated towards our goals.  To some people 6-8 miles doesn't sound like much of a break but they are easy miles and a few days like that in a row really helps the body recover.  Allison and I have found that for us these built in breaks from hard training really help us out.  I didn't do anything hard until Thursday of this week and Allison didn't do anything hard until Friday.  After racing 4 out of 5 weekends Allison actually took Monday off.  We are now both feeling great and ready to resume hard training!


In other news our daughter Camryn decided that it was time to take the training wheels off.  Her friends were riding their bikes all over the neighborhood and she was feeling like it was her time.  I worked with her for a couple of days and she got to the point where she could go pretty far by herself before bailing out.  She still needs to learn that she can stop by pedaling backwards and we didn't work on sharp turns but my guess is that she will be riding solo by the end of next week if we keep working on it.  We love our neighborhood and our kids have grown up with the many of the neighborhood kids for the past few years.  We all know each other and it has a great family atmosphere.  Many neighbors saw Camryn riding her bike and encouraged her which made her feel so big and special.  Thanks neighbors!

Allison had to work Saturday so I had my once a month "daddy day".  We both got up really early to get our runs in but you've got to do what you've got to do.  I've been getting the kids donuts when I watch them and since it was St. Patricks Day we got green ones.  They loved them!.  Bashas was also having a carnival/fair so I took the kids to do some bouncing and fun. 


St. Paddy's Day green donuts. Special plates and all!


Having some fun at the carnival!


At the Mountain to Fountain 15k I met Jake Krong from Salt Lake City.  Jake and his girlfriend Andrea North are both really fast and I can relate to them since Allison and I are a serious running couple.  They have a blog called Wasatch and Beyond which I really like.  Jake is training for the Boston Marathon and he has a good chance of being one of the top Americans.  There are good tips on training and recovery and its great to see how they have improved in the last year. 

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  1. Smart training you guys - those little "breaks" of 3-4 days of just easy running seem to do the trick a lot of time - you get refreshed w/out feeling sluggish like you haven't done anything in a while.

    So you guys are going to Carlsbad? I have thought about going out there for that, but I'm thinking no travel and just running a local track meet that weekend is probably the best strategy for Boston.

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    1. Yeah we are going to Carlsbad. Just a quick one day trip. Actually looking forward to the 5 1/2 hour drive without the kids! We will be doing a little more speed stuff for that and then I will be in marathon mode after that. Did you watch the NYC Half? We watched it online and the top two men were insane. It looked like they were sprinting the whole way. By the way I'm finding that doubles are totally helping my recovery. I've got to add them slowly though. Take care!
      Derek

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    2. Yep as long as you really allow yourself to go slow and just enjoy the second run, don't worry about pace at all, they are super beneficial in recovery and building up that aerobic engine!

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  2. Your kids are adorable and I hope you enjoyed the recovery. 3-4 days of recovery after a hard race is definitely smart.

    Good luck in all of your future races. It is so fun to follow your progress.

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