Recovery running

by - Friday, September 11, 2009

Thanks everyone who left comments yesterday on the BF's guest post about his first half marathon experience! They were much appreciated.

Now it's time to get back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Yesterday I registered for the Philadelphia Distance Run. I figured it was an opportunity I really didn't want to miss, especially since it was the last time they were going to be offering the Beach to Bell challenge.

Plus Ryan Hall is running it. So I'll be able to say I ran a race with Ryan Hall.

Wednesday was the first day I got back to running after Virginia Beach. I did an easy 5K just to get the legs loosened up. I had to walk a bit on some of the hills, and my left IT band nagged a little bit, but nothing too bad.

Everything felt good after some stretching and Stick action.

I followed that up with another run yesterday that was around 3.5 miles. I ran that one a little harder, but still threw in some walking just to make sure my legs were doing OK.

I'm not sure how one trains for two half marathons so close together, so here's my game plan for the last week. I'm open to any suggestions you all might have.

This weekend: Between six to eight miles
Next week: Two runs, both between 3 and 5 miles.
Lots of stretching and Stick action to keep the legs loose and ready to go next Sunday.

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  1. Congrats on registering for Philly! I've always wanted to do that race.

  2. I've heard Philly is GREAT! Good luck.

  3. Yea, I beat Craig Alexander at IM Florida 70.3... It was my crowning achievement ;-)

  4. Anonymous11:32 AM

    awesome. I have a bunch of friends in that race!

  5. that sounds like a good plan. you don't want to do too many miles to fatigue, but want to stay on top of your game. go for it.

  6. Good luck! Keep the legs loose and healthy.

  7. Hi Jess

    Totally jealous that you get to run with Ryan Hall. Outside of my obsession with Kara Goucher, Ryan is truly my favorite runner.

    Congrats to Matt on his first half. So what is next?

    Take care of your body in between those races.

  8. I'm assuming you're not talking about the Ryan Hall I went to high school with... ;) haha

  9. Sounds like fun. I mean, it's not everyday you will get to run with Ryan Hall! ;)

  10. Ohhh I'm working that weekend, but maybe I can squeeze in the race...or at least try to take pictures of you running next to Ryan Hall!

  11. Good luck! It's tough to do two so close. I'm trying to do that myself and not doing as well as I'd like. You'll do great, though!

    By the way - my blog got deleted and I'm starting from scratch. Ugh! Anyway, I'm up and running again at a slightly different address. Hope you'll add my blog to your list again!

  12. i don't remember if i commented on BF's post (the last several days have been a blur) - but congrats to him and congrats to you for signing up for the next one. Have a blast!

  13. i'm glad you took the plunge, and am a little jealous that you can swing the trip! :)