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2016 Goals for this Motherrunner!

2016 Goals

2016 Goals

2016 Goals. Big goals and little goals.

I think I need a restart to the New Year. We rang in the New Year and then I promptly got sick which has made it hard to get motivated at all. I have basically been in bed for the past five days. I am thanking my lucky stars that the kids have been in school so that I can attempt to nurse my self back to health. Perhaps my immune system was just holding it together long enough to get through the holidays before it totally crashed. My fingers are crossed that tomorrow morning I will bounce out of bed and feel my energy rushing back in. I have so many goals for the New Year that I am ready to start chipping away at!

Now for those 2016 Goals . . .

Running Goals

  • Boston Marathon 2016: Finish this race feeling strong and confident that I ran the marathon with consistency. I don’t want to make the same mistakes that I made in 2014 by going out too fast. I plan to race a conservative first half and then to work on negative splits for the second half.
  • Big Boston Marathon Goal: Break 3:30! My PR is a 3:33 and I know that I have more in me. It’s definitely going to take a lot of hard work to achieve this time goal so once I am healthy it’s time to get focused!
  • Half Marathon: I would love to see a PR in the half marathon distance. My half marathon PR is a 1:37 on a fast and flat course when I was in peak Boston Marathon qualification shape in 2012. Maybe this could happen at ZOOMA Cape Cod in the fall?
  • Learn to push through the tough points without giving up. I have been a bit of a head case lately. I don’t want to get so focused on a time goal that I forget to love the run for what it is and to remember that it will be hard sometimes and that is ok.
  • To do another big trail race!
  • To race at least one race with my kids!

Triathlon Goals

  • Half Ironman: Now that I have completed my first Half Ironman at Timberman I hope to PR at this distance. I will have another shot this summer when I race the Timberman Half Ironman again!
  • Olympic Distance Triathlon: I want to race more. I want to PR. I want to become more comfortable with transitions.
  • Cycling: I need to improve my stamina on the bike. I need to spend more time riding the trainer this winter and just need to continue getting more miles under my belt. I still haven’t quite figured out how to push my self on the bike.
  • Swimming: I need to spend more time swimming to improve my speed. I also need some coaching to improve my form. Do more open water swimming once the water is warm enough (it will be awhile!)

Blogging Goals

  • To keep a monthly editorial calendar.
  • To become more organized with keeping track of campaigns, sponsored posts etc. by using tools such as Evernote, Spreadsheets and more.
  • To get a new blog header (still contemplating this one)
  • To have some professional photos taken for use on the blog.
  • To increase number of weekly posts to 4x per week to include (training recaps, food tips, training tips, Friday Fives, etc.)
  • To consistently use coschedule and other schedule tools to consistently release content onto social media.
  • To rework old content and to create new content based on current trends.
  • To continue to build Pinterest and Instagram through more quality pinnable images, more interaction on Pinterest.
  • To utilize Periscope in conjunction with the blog.
  • To attend at least one blogging conference.

Personal Goals

  • To spend more time on family adventures (hiking, biking, skiing, playing in the great outdoors etc.)
  • To spend lots of time playing and giggling with my kids
  • Read more books! (motivational, fluff reads, whatever!)
  • To spend more time unplugged
  • To get my sleep schedule back on track. My goal is to get to bed by 9:30-10:00 every night. I would love to become more of a morning person.
  • To laugh more with friends.
  • To make time for date nights!

Wow! That is a big list of goals! I am sure I have missed some  and who knows if I will be able to check off everything at the end of the year. This is a great place to start and gives me a great sense of PURPOSE as I start the journey into 2016>

What goals do you have for 2016? Please share with me in the comments!

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. 2016 goals.

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Team Stonyfield and the Boston Marathon 2016!

I'm going back! Boston Marathon 2016 with Team Stonyfield

I’m going back! Boston Marathon 2016 with Team Stonyfield

I’m running the BostonMarathon with Team Stonyfield!

I’m running the Boston Marathon in April with Team Stonyfield! A few weeks ago I was surprised to open my e-mail inbox to discover an e-mail from Stonyfield Yogurt with this subject heading,

“Special Invitation: Join us and run on Team Stonyfield!

Stonyfield  Official yogurt of the Boston Marathon

Stonyfield Official yogurt of the Boston Marathon

Wait a minute . . . what?!?!? I read along further . . .

“As you know, Stonyfield is the official yogurt sponsor of the Boston Marathon . . . We have loved working with you through the YoGetter program throughout the past couple of years and we think that you would be a great fit to run on team Stonyfield!

Last year I did not run a road marathon due to injury. This year however, with my body fully recovered, I was hoping to run the Sugarloaf Marathon in Maine this spring and to try for another Boston qualifier. Before even reading the rest of the e-mail I knew that my plans had changed.

My response,

Oh my goodness and yes! Yes! Yes! I am so very excited to be a part of Team Stonyfield for the Boston Marathon 2016!!!! 

I have been holding back this news for awhile and now cannot wait to share my Stonyfield Team Boston Marathon journey with you! I previously qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon in 2013 and 2014 which caused my heartache but also much personal growth for me as I dealt with PTSD in the aftermath of 2013. Running the Boston Marathon in 2014 was about healing for me.

At the starting line in Boston in 2014

At the starting line in Boston in 2014

In 2014 I needed to go back and run and prove to myself that I could run through my fears. This year I will be proud to be running the Boston Marathon with Team Stonyfield. I will be running for Stonyfield and I will also be running for those who were injured physically or emotionally on Marathon Monday, April 15th, 2013. That day will forever be indelibly marked in my brain. I am thrilled to have another opportunity to run and be “Boston Strong” again!

I will be writing about my training this winter and will be sharing Stonyfield Yogurt inspired posts and recipes on my journey to marathon Monday.

I hope you will follow my journey to the Finish line on Boylston Street this year!

Boston Marathon #BostonStrong

Boston Marathon #BostonStrong

Do you have plans to run a marathon this spring? If so, which one? What are your goals for training and racing?

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Running in 2015. Looking back at the good!

Year of Running 2015

Running in 2015. A Look Back At The Good.

Running in 2015. A Look Back At The Good.

I love taking a look back at the year and seeing everything that has been accomplished. Please take a minute to reflect with me and to look back at some of the great running moments from 2015!

Best race experience: 

The awesome Running bloggers at The Maine Half Marathon

The awesome Running bloggers at The Maine Half Marathon

This year I ran the Maine Half Marathon on my birthday less than a week after running The North Face Endurance Trail Marathon in Utah. My legs were pretty fried so I didn’t have any time goals in mind other than to just finish and to have a solid run. What made this race experience so great is that I ran this race as a part of the Rise. Run. Retreat. weekend with an awesome group of running bloggers. The energy from the weekend was positive and the other women who ran were motivated by their goals for the race. This energy was contagious. I often head to races by myself and do much of my training alone since I live in a very rural area where there aren’t many running groups (if any). I loved the feeling of knowing that the other women were out on the course not only running hard in their own race but also cheering each other on. This was definitely a tough run for me and although shorter than the trail marathon the effort felt way harder and my tired legs felt like lead but I pushed through and forced myself to pick up the pace during the last few miles. Not only was the weekend a blast but I surprised myself by running a 1:42 Half marathon!

Best run: 

The Skirt sports 13er Virtual Half Marathon

The Skirt sports 13er Virtual Half Marathon

Early in June I ran the Skirt Sports 13er (a Virtual Half Marathon). I ran in my tiny New Hampshire town at dusk and pushed hard for 13.1 miles finishing just as the sun fell behind the mountains. It was a gorgeous night for a run. I was proud of how hard I was able to push myself for  a half marathon distance on my own finishing in 1:45! I felt so alive and strong. It was great to finally be feeling strong and ready to run again after 5 months off during the winter due to a back injury!

Best new piece of running gear: 

Nathan Sports Women's Zeal Race Vest

Nathan Sports Women’s Zeal Race Vest

I received the The Nathan Sports Women’s Zeal Race Vest for my birthday from my Mother-In-Law and Father-In-Law (They know me well). This hydration pack is awesome. It was designed specifically for women with a 2 Liter bladder and 9 Liters of Storage space. There is a lot of room to stow away layers after stripping down when a run heats up. It also has an 18 ounce speed draw flask which I love because I always carry Skratch Labs Hydration mix with me in addition to water. It has plenty of pockets for energy gels and also your phone. There is also a “shock cord” on the outside of the pack that allows you to store other layers. This vest is extremely comfortable and doesn’t slide around when you run. As an added bonus the color is great and it has reflective trim.

  • Best running advice you’ve received this year: 

The best advice that I received this year was from elite runner Tina Muir at the Rise. Run. Retreat. She talked to us a lot about her experiences with running and training as an elite. She said that it is good to run without looking at your watch. We have all become so dependent on looking at our watches and the splits that we have lost the feeling of the run. It is important to learn to run your paces and to know what it feels like to run at different speeds so that you can run and listen to your body and find the pace that you are looking for.

Most inspirational runner: 

Andrea Duke, Inspirational Runner and mom of 2 with Olympic Dreams

Andrea Duke, Inspirational Runner and mom of 2 with Olympic Dreams

Andrea Duke. 36 year old mother of two. I recently read about Andrea, an aspiring Olympic hopeful who discovered a talent for running later in life and is now on an Olympic quest. I am inspired by her because I can relate to how she came to find a new love for running after kids.

Favorite picture from a run or race this year: 

The North Face endurance Challenge Trail Marathon in Park City, Utah

The North Face endurance Challenge Trail Marathon in Park City, Utah

This is definitely my favorite race picture from 2015! This year I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Park City, Utah for the North Face Endurance Challenge Trail Marathon (Thank you for the entry #TNFLOCALS!). I rediscovered my love for running in this race. Over the past few years I have felt in a running rut after dealing with some injuries and feeling emotionally stressed about running due to the tragic events at the Boston Marathon in 2013. I went into this race with absolutely no expectations for a finish time. I ran simply for the adventure and embraced the great gift of being able to run in such a fantastically spectacular place. The trails were a runners dream. Smooth switchback trails leading through the Wasatch Mountain Range with sweeping views around every corner. This photo perfectly captures the exhilaration that I felt as I ran through the wilderness in Utah (I even saw a moose!). I was in my happy place and had a run of a lifetime!

Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat:

Grinning from ear to ear at the Lobsterman Triathlon

Grinning from ear to ear at the Lobsterman Triathlon

If I could repeat any race experience it would be the Lobsterman Triathlon 2015. This was my second Olympic Distance Triathlon. I went into this race with no time goals only a goal to race hard, to have a great time and of course to finish. This was definitely my best triathlon yet. I finally feel like I am getting the hang of racing three different sports and the transitions between each one. At the Lobsterman I felt great on the run after my transition from the bike to the run. I passed a lot of people on the run and ended up as the second finisher on the run leg of the race. I definitely grinned from ear to ear as I ran and just enjoyed the course!

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be?

And Run, And Run, And Run, And Run

And Run, And Run, And Run, And Run

My words for this year in running would be:

  • running happy
  • no more injuries
  • stronger
  • driven
  • goals
  • dreaming

Please tell me about your year of running! Also, be sure to join the Link-Up with Eat, Pray, Run DC in sharing your year in running. It’s simple! Just cut and paste the prompts that I used here and write all about your year in running 2015 and add your link to the link-up! Cheers to another amazing year of running in 2016!

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Anterior Pelvic Tilt. Training Talk.

Anterior Pelvic Tilt. Why does it happen?

Training Talk: Posture and Anterior Pelvic Tilt

Training Talk: Posture and Anterior Pelvic Tilt

Anterior Pelvic Tilt has been a problem for me and my running since I threw my back out last year. It was probably a problem even before this happened. This issue was probably present during pregnancy due to the way that your body must carry the weight of a baby. Anterior Pelvic Tilt has been the source of trouble for my back causing piroformis muscle, SOAS muscle, TFL, and glute med. flare-ups. There is often a push pull going on in my pelvis as I walk and run. This causes tightness in my right hip and lower back and all of the supporting muscles. In simple terms I am not keeping my pelvis neutral and this is causing bad posture that is making my running less efficient.

Anterior pelvic tilt can cause a curvature of the spine, bad posture, lower back and hip pain, and can also cause other pain such as neck pain and headaches

This is “no bueno!”

According to BreakingMuscle.com,

“When you have a pronounced APT  you’re also lacking the ability to achieve full hip extension – and that’s huge. Opening your hips quickly and powerfully is the basis of almost all explosive movements in athletics and weightlifting. Tight hip flexors and a pronounced APT will make you run slower.”

Anterior Pelvic Tilt (pictured right

Anterior Pelvic Tilt (pictured right) Source

What causes anterior pelvic tilt:

  • muscle imbalance causing a push pull in the pelvis.
  • sitting a lot in poor posture (causes hip flexors to “shorten”)
  • poor abdominal strength
  • poor glute strength
  • weak hamstrings
  • tension in the lower back
  • sedentary lifestyle

How will I remedy this problem?

Today my fitcamp trainer Aaron at Atlas Training Systems encouraged me that he might be able to help me work to correct this problem. This should have positive effects on my running. I said, sign me up! I would love to find increased running speed and strength! Having postural issues can be tough to correct. This problem requires rebuilding strength to provide a better foundation. It will take a lot of work to regain proper posture. It is very easy to slip into an anterior pelvic tilt position when I am not thinking about it. This is even tougher to do when I am running because of muscle memory and bad habits that have developed over time.

I am excited to get to work at correcting this anterior pelvic tilt issue. This will help keep my back pain free. Hopefully some corrections in posture and strengthening will help me to become a stronger faster runner. This will be a critical piece of my spring marathon training!

Stay tuned to find out what stretching and strengthening exercises my trainer adds in to help my with my anterior pelvic tilt!

Do you have anterior pelvic tilt? What strengthening do you do to support your spine and to keep your abdominals strong? Are you currently dealing with another running injury or ailment?
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Marathon Goals for 2016. Motivation Monday.

Go Confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the Life that You have Imagined.

Go Confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the Life that You have Imagined.

Let the marathon training commence!

It’s time to begin training for another marathon!

I’m back in New Hampshire after a wonderful Thanksgiving vacation with my family and ready to hit the ground running! I am ready to get into a regular marathon training schedule again. My workouts prior to the holiday had been great in bursts but as you know sometimes life gets in the way, children get sick, other priorities come first and training takes a backseat. Also with no races scheduled my main goal for the end of October and November was to maintain my fitness, to keep a solid running base, and to begin adding in more strength with bootcamp. Mission accomplished!

Now that I am home I am ready to get dialed back into a serious training regimen and to be accountable for finishing my workouts! I am training for a marathon now after all! (I still can’t tell you which one . . .) I also have some big goals! My Marathon PR is a 3:33.34 at the Marathon Around the Lake which I am still so very proud of! I followed that marathon time with an almost identical time of 3:34 at the Boston Marathon 2013 which was the following spring. Then with injuries happened (peroneal tendonitis and back issues) and I feel like I have been fighting my way back to finding my speed again ever since.  Sometimes when I go for a run it is hard to imagine that I was ever able to run a marathon that fast.

I am ready to try again!

Let the marathon training begin!

Let the marathon training begin!

I have finally had a solid summer and fall of running races and triathlons and feel stronger than I have been in a long time. Looking back at my two fastest marathons I know that there were 3 critical things that played a role in finding my speed and becoming a strong consistent runner.

  • I followed my training plan to a T. I was consistent and did everything that my coach (Denise Goode from The Sustainable Athlete) planned. I followed pacing as planned for each workout and got in all of the mileage needed.
  • I kept a positive attitude about my running and believed in myself.
  • I took every workout seriously and always worked my hardest.

This marathon training cycle my A goal is to run a Sub 3:30 marathon. I am shooting for a 3:29. I know that I can do it if I train like I did when I first qualified for Boston. I know that I can do it if I am consistent during my training and consistent on race day. I need to stick to the training plan and make myself accountable.

So let’s get started and let’s do this! It’s going to take a lot of hard work and determination.

When you are going for a big goal how do you stay accountable?

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How to become a better runner.

How to become a better runner.

How to become a better runner.

How to become a better runner. 

As a runner this is obviously something that we all strive to be. As a runner you set goals, you plan a race calendar, perhaps you hire a coach, you get some new running kicks and running gear to prepare you for any kind of weather. As a runner you work to establish a schedule that allows you to fit in your running no matter what your daily schedule is like. As a runner sometimes you even justify wearing your running gear disguised as regular clothes because you need to squeeze in the miles during your only free moments.

Running becomes more than a passion. Running becomes an obsession and the quest in chasing time goals begins to consume every run.

Today I went for a short run after bootcamp which got me thinking about my own running and how I could get better at it.The notion of being better at running is defined by the goals that we place upon ourselves. This had me thinking a lot about whether being a better runner should be determined by those goals and whether or not the goals are met or by how we feel on the run.

I have to admit that a lot of my years have been spent chasing time goals and religiously watching my watch for carefully measured splits. While this is certainly an important part of achieving your time goals, with the intense focus on the watch often comes a loss for the feel of running. Running becomes stressed. The love for running can begin to fade away. Running can become a chore and tough workouts become feared.

After much contemplation I came to the conclusion that in order to be a better runner you must be able to hold on to the love of running while chasing your dream goals.

Here are my thoughts on how to go about becoming a better runner:

  • Pick Your favorite running routes for those harder runs. Running in a place that you love will lift your heart even when the run is hard.
  • Train with a friend who pushes you hard. Going it alone for a difficult workout never brings quite the same feeling. If you push each other through hard intervals you will know you have challenged yourself. High fives for everyone at the end!
  • Ditch the watch when you can. Becoming focused on the numbers takes away the focus on how a run feels. Running without a watch allows you to listen to the rhythm of your body, your foot-strikes and your breathing. When you run without a watch you can focus on your form. Running without a watch and forgetting about the pace allows you to slip into the zone.
  • Don’t worry about whether you are fast or slow. If you allow yourself to believe that you can never run faster you never will. We place limits on ourselves that often become realities. It’s time to break out of that mindset!
  • Run more. run happy and run long. The friends in my life who I consider to be amazing runners all spend time running because they love it. They challenge themselves when they need to to get faster but they also run for the pure joy of getting out there and they run because they love it.

Please join me in sharing your best tips for how to become a better runner in the comments below!

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Running Form. Using Your Arms.

Running Form–What should you do with your Arms and Hands When you Run?

Running Form– How to Position Your Arms and Hands

Running Form– How to Position Your Arms and Hands

Recently I received my fantastic photos from the North Face endurance Challenge in Utah. They were too good not to buy. gorgeous scenery and I actually look like I am having fun when I am running. The more I looked at my pictures though the more I began to wonder, “What is going on

What am I doing with my hands when I run?

What am I doing with my hands when I run?

“Why are my hands open like I am about going to start dancing like a robot?”

Proper running form?

Proper running form?

“Am I bracing for a big fall?”

As I looked at my pictures I began to realize that I am not efficiently using a critical part of my body when I run sometimes, my ARMS! If I am not being efficient then I must not be going as fast as I truly can. When I was little and a figure skater my coach and my mom would constantly remind me to keep my hands and arms up in a strong position but I often let them droop. Apparently floppy hand and weak arm syndrome has transferred over to my running! I must fix this! But how?

Running Form: Proper arm and hand positioning

Your arms play an important role in your running. Your arm swing will help you to set your cadence and stride. The more strength and speed that you carry in your arms the stronger and faster your running stride will be. So what does proper arm and hand positioning look like when you run?

  • Keep your hands loose. Someone once told me to imagine holding a bag of potato chips in your hand. Your hand should be closed but not closed so tightly that you would “crush all of the chips!”
  • Your palms (in a loose fist) should be facing each other (If you look at my positioning in the picture my hands are in a totally incorrect position.
  • Keep your arms at a 90 degree angle. Think of your hips a a line and keep your arms in a 90 degree angle above your hips.
  • Stay relaxed through your shoulders so as not to waste energy.
  • Swing your elbows back and forth in a line.
  • Don’t swing your arms across your body as this will cause your hips to rotate.
  • Use your arm strength to propel your run forward. Use the strength that you have in your arms!

Hopefully these tips will help you. I definitely need to do some work on my running form especially when I start to get fatigued. It can be so easy to get lazy! Perhaps making some corrections to this flaw in my running form will bring me some more speed? Here’s hoping!

Here's one where my arms are in a much stronger position.

Here’s one where my arms are in a much stronger position.

What do you need to work on with your own running form? Do you have lazy arms when you run like me?

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5 Tips for Running a Great Marathon!

5 Tips for a GREAT MARATHON!

5 Tips for a GREAT MARATHON!

Keeping things positive on the blog today . . .

The spirit of the fall marathon is in the air and if you are a runner then you already know that this weekend is the NYC Marathon! I have  never run the New York City Marathon but its definitely on my bucket list. I haven’t run a road marathon since the Boston Marathon in 2014. Now that its been awhile and since I’ve been hanging out with a lot of runners in real life and in the blog world all of this marathon talk has brought on marathon fever. I am itching to run another one and the see if I can break my PR of 3:33 and perhaps even break the 3:30 barrier. Even if that doesn’t happen the good news is that I will be 40 next fall which means that my next Boston Qualifying time will fall into the next age group. This will give me a B.Q. time cushion! Woohoo! Maybe there are some good things about being 40 after all!

Ok enough with getting off course (and to those of you running the marathon make sure to run those tangents!). I told you we would be talking about tips for running a great marathon. This is obviously from my own personal experience. And believe me I’ve run the good, the bad, and the ugly (we’re talking from Boston qualifying runs to medical tent visits!). I’ve run 10 marathons including two Boston Marathons, two trail marathons and of course many different attempts to qualify for Boston and then of course my first marathon at the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco (And yes I loved my first “medal” a Tiffany’s necklace!).

Now listen closely because this is advice that you surely won’t want to miss . . .

How to run a great marathon. 5 tips!

1. You trained for it. TRUST your training!!!! The marathon is the prize at the end. Stay focused on how hard you worked leading up to the race and know that all of the mileage and sweat and maybe even tears along the way will get you to that finish line!

2. Run your own race. If you are planning to run with a friend and not concerned about time then no worries but if you have a goal running with someone else can be difficult mentally or can hold you back physically or push you faster than you had planned on running. Remember this is YOUR race!

3. Stick to your plan. If you are planning to run for a specific time even though the temptation is there, don’t get tricked into thinking that you can run a pace and hold on if it is something that you never trained for. This is the quickest way to crash and burn. Believe me I’ve been there and have run paces that I had no business running. The pay back? Horrendous leg cramps and a terrible second half.

4. Be conservative in the first half. In all of the marathons that I have felt successful I didn’t burn it all out in the first half and then was able to reach for negative splits during the second half.

5. Listen to your body. Use your breathing, the sound of your footsteps and your own energy to establish a rhythm. By tuning into yourself you will get into that zone!

Now that you have read my tips, here are some fun tips form Rock “N” Roll Marathon:

How to Run a Marathon: Raceday Rules

Here are some awesome bloggers who will be running the NYC Marathon this weekend. Please check out their blogs for great inspiration:

A great read:

The Fastest American Woman in the NYC Marathon Is a College Freshman– The New York Times

Good luck to everyone who is racing this weekend and later this fall. My spirit is with you on the course! What are your best marathon tips?

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Post Marathon Recovery Tips

26.2 miles later. It’s time to recover from a marathon!

Tips for Marathon Recovery

Tips for Marathon Recovery

I am three weeks out from the North Face Endurance Challenge trail marathon in Utah (yes, that’s 26.2 miles at a high altitude on trails) and I am still feeling fatigued. Part of my issue with recovering from the trail marathon is that I not only did I race an Olympic Distance Triathlon two weeks before but I also ran the Maine Half Marathon the weekend after returning from Utah. All of my races went extremely well all things considered however now I am rundown and need to give my body time to recover. The great thing is that I don’t have any other races planned at this point and I plan to take some time to add in some additional cross training and to get back in the pool and on my bike.

But what are some other things that you should focus on to recover after a marathon? Why does your body need more time to recover after a marathon?

The importance of recovery after a marathon.

  • To prevent injury. Your body may have minor damage to connective tissue and even at the cellular level after running a long distance.
  • To allow your immune system to bounce back. After running a marathon your immune system is weakened making you susceptible to colds and other illness.
  • Glycogen stores are depleted after a marathon and need to be replenished.
  • You need to allow your body time to rest to prevent long-term fatigue.

Post Marathon Recovery Tips

  • Don’t overdo it! The temptation is there to get right back out there and to keep going hard. Your body will thank you if you give it a little bit of rest but make sure that it is active recovery. Take some time to go for a walk or head out on your bike for a short spin and then slowly add easy aerobic running back into the mix. Active recovery is the way to go to help flush the lactic acid out of your muscles.
  • Eat. Rest. Repeat.  Fill your body with healthy and nutritious foods to replenish what was lost when you were out there crushing your marathon goal.
  • Give your mind a break. After racing a marathon if you try to run your best or fastest race too soon you may be discouraged by slower times because you have not allowed your body enough time to recover.
  • Remember to keep your body hydrated, this will help you bounce back more quickly from muscle soreness.
  • Sleep more. Sleep is essential for giving your muscles the time that they need to recover.
  • Become best friends with your foam roller. Use the foam roller to work out any muscle soreness or tightness after working out.
  • Take time to stretch, and if you are like most runners I know that you don’t stretch enough. So just do it, please?

*Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor, tips provided here have been gained through my own running experiences and working with coaches.

What are some of your best tips for recovering after a marathon? Please share in the comments.

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I’m Running a Trail Marathon. North Face Endurance Challenge.

Adventure awaits at the North Face Endurance Challenge trail marathon in Utah!

I'm running the North Face Endurance Challenge Series Trail Marathon in Utah!

I’m running the North Face Endurance Challenge Series Trail Marathon in Utah!

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary race entry to race at the 2015 North Face Endurance Challenge in Utah. All opinions expressed here are completely my own.

Big news!

I have seized the opportunity to go to Utah next weekend to run the North Face Endurance Challenge in Park City Utah. If you didn’t know it yet, last year I became a #TNFLOCALS Ambassador. If you are wondering what that means, it means that last year I was selected to be a part of The North Face Locals Ambassador program. I am extremely honored to be a part of this program as it has allowed me to be a part of an inspired community of endurance sports athletes, climbers, and adventurers. The North Face has been generous to provide me with gear to test and to share with you my readers as well as opportunities such as this to attend the North Face Endurance Challenge Events. I have also been able to join in on focus groups for upcoming seasons of North Face apparel which has been a great experience.

The North Face Mountain Athletics Trail Running Gear

The North Face Mountain Athletics Trail Running Gear

The North Face Endurance Challenge in Utah is a weekend long celebration of running featuring several different running distances: Gore-Tex 50 mile, 50K, Trail Marathon, Trail Marathon Relay, 10K, 5K, and even a kids race. I have chosen to “run” the Trail Marathon. You are probably thinking, wait a minute, have you even been training for a marathon? The answer to that question is no, but I am in great shape from Half Ironman training this summer. Even though I am not trained at marathon distance I have completed some 20 milers this summer. I am also going to this race with not specific finish time goals other than to finish and to have a blast. I am going out to run more for the experience and for the amazing scenery that awaits. Here is a description of the course and what awaits me:

North Face Endurance Challenge Trail Marathon Race Course

North Face Endurance Challenge Trail Marathon Race Course

“This race course will not only start at the highest elevation within the North America series at 7,000 feet but it will also climb to the highest elevation of 10,000 feet. The North Face Endurance Challenge cruises along the Wasatch Back, part of the Wasatch Mountain Range in the resort destination of Park City. Athletes will navigate this world-renowned ski destination using a mix of double and single track trail, ski runs, mountain bike trails and various dirt access roads. Bring your lungs and legs and be prepared to be awe struck.”

The altitude will definitely be something to cope with and I won’t really have any time to acclimate. Hopefully there won’t be any altitude sickness. I am prepared for anything though and will race/run and be smart when I am on the trail. I am so excited about this adventure that I can hardly contain myself! It almost doesn’t seem real! I leave on Thursday and the race is on Saturday. It will be a whirlwind of travel and running but it will be incredible and I am pretty sure that my instagram feed will be overflowing with pictures of my Park City, Utah running adventures!

To make this experience even better I will be bringing my friend Bridget along with me to share in this crazy adventure. Bridget has trained with me through the miserable cold New Hampshire winters for the Boston Marathon twice even though she was not even racing. She is an accomplished distance runner and has even completed the Vermont 100 Ultra Race in under 24 hours. She will also be racing the trail marathon. We plan to get in some good running and a lot of laughs along the way!

The North Face Back Packs #GIVEPACK

The North Face Back Packs #GIVEPACK

It’s short notice but if you are up for joining me for this crazy adventure in Utah The North Face has provided me with a 15% off race code to share with you. If you can’t make it to Utah the North Face Endurance Challenge Series also has a challenge race in Wisconsin the weekend of October 3-4. Here is the information for you or a friend:”

“Run The North Face Endurance Challenge #ECSUT (Sept. 26-27) and #ECSWI (Oct. 3-4). Both events offer trail running distances from 5K all the way up to 50 Miles. Use the code: TNFLOCAL15 (all caps) for 15% OFF. challenge.thenorthface.com

the North Face Endurance Challenge Utah

the North Face Endurance Challenge Utah

I can’t wait to share my racing experience with you! Have you ever run a trail marathon? What is the furthest distance you have ever run or would like to run?

Happy trails!

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