Marathon Recovery and Weight Issues

Marathon Recovery and Weight Issues

Well, I am slowly coming out of my post marathon funk.  Don’t get me wrong- I was and still am THRILLED with my new marathon PR but it’s hard to come down from a runner’s high like that back to everyday reality.  I did a little mix of cross training (elliptical) and running last week and so far this week.  I have been experiencing some slight knee discomfort which has been a little annoying. I know I just ran a marathon a week and a half ago (on a hilly course) so I am trying to listen to my body and take it easy.  Sometimes the stubborn runner in me does not want to listen to my body… But I know deep down it’s the right thing to do.  I have run a total of four times now and each time has been better.  I don’t want to overdo it because I want to get better so I can start training again! 

I love using Daily Mile to record my workouts and I love the whole running/ community/ support system it offers but I have to be careful not to compare myself to others.  So and so ran xx number of miles this many days in a row and got in xx number of miles for the week.  Or, after so and so’s race they were out running mile repeats the next day in record time, etc.. Every runner is different and every runner needs to recover and train at their own pace.  Sounds simple enough but for some reason I have had to remind myself of that more this time around. 

And in other reality news, it’s not as much fun eating whatever you want when you’re not running as many miles.  Shocking discovery, I know.  I had finally hit my pre-baby weight thanks to my many marathon training miles but now I am wanting to consume the same amount of calories as I was pre-marathon.  Obviously this is not going to work since my mileage is no where near where it was during training.  I am not a fast food/ junk food person but I struggle with portion sizes and desserts.  It seems like every night one of my kids wants to bake something and I can’t say no.  Brownies, cookies, cakes… My kids have the appetite of a bird even when it comes to sweets so I am usually the one who winds up eating most of our goodies.  Over the past week and a half I have found myself eating and snacking when I wasn’t even hungry.  It’s just been a habit.  I am trying to eat healthier and make better choices starting today.  We’re about halfway through the day and so far so good.  I’ve resisted the chocolate no bake cookies we made last night and eating huge spoonfuls of peanut butter. 

The weather has been GORGEOUS and I spent the morning outside with two of my little people. This was even better than running in it.  After we played in the front yard we had our first picnic table lunch of the season on our back deck.  I just love spring!

My little man LOVES being outdoors. 
My baby girl is going to be 4 next month.  When did she grow up?
Our picnic lunch.  I used the automatic timer so we are all a little crammed in this one!

So these are my random running and not running related ramblings for today.  I am working on my updated racing schedule and will post more on that soon.  I’d really like to squeeze in a HM (half marathon) in the next two months but not sure if that is going to work out.  We’ll see!

11 thoughts on “Marathon Recovery and Weight Issues

  1. Loving your thoughts here Tia. Sorry your knee has been having some discomfort. I hope you’re feeling 100% soon. I know that feeling coming down after training so hard for something for so long. Kind of like the baby blues after having a baby.
    You know, I just couldn’t do DM. I started it but it ended up taking more and more time and being just another thing that I shouldn’t be spending time on. And so true about not comparing ourselves and how easy it is to start doing that. I’ve read a lot about people doing speed work and lots of shorter 5k and 10k type workouts and I get to thinking “oh my, my plan calls for more threshold/tempos and marathon pace runs and less speed work…am I doing enough??” but I just have to remind myself that I’ll get there…I need to stick to the plan and trust that there is a reason for this…I’m training for 26.2 not a 5k or 10k. WE are all different…yes.
    Good luck with the your eating and getting all that under control…tricky after we are so used to consuming so many calories.

  2. I know how you feel! I can’t stop baking chocolate cake, but i don’t have the PR to go with it. haha!
    Seriously, you look terrific Tia. And you will be back up to marathon mileage before long. If it makes any difference, I have always held on to a few extra pounds while I was still nursing. Maybe your body needs a cookie here and there 🙂

    Great photos! I love knowing how to use the timer too. Your kids are gorgeous!

  3. OH Tia…I struggled with this awhile ago…comparing my training to others, but it’s like you said…we’re all different and there are many avenues to get to the same location:)
    You are doing AMAZING so you’re doing SOMETHIGN right!!;)

    I LOVE sugar and lately I HAVE been a fast food junkie. not cool. I need to get this under control.

    I am already nervous about coming down off my marathon training high after Boston…so I’m taking 2wks off and training for a half…if I don’t have something to train for, i’m very unmotivated:(
    do you have any other races on the horizon?
    hang in there and have a great week! you deserve to relax for a while!xx

  4. I can understand how hard it is going from marathon eating to non! I hear ya about mindless eating! Way too easy to go through a lot of calories. I have had to finally crack down. The first week was the hardest, but it gets easier! I love vanilla yogurt with dark chocolate cocoa powder. Yum! And btw, you look amazing!

  5. hope your knee feels 100% soon sweet lady! :))

    there’s so much anticipation that leads up to the marathon when it’s over I don’t think you’re alone in regards to “post marathon funk.” it takes me about a week to assess, analyze my race(s) & then I tuck it away & exhale. YES, the eating part I totally understand. grilled cheese crusts from our kids sandwiches don’t count right?…just the stuff we actually put on OUR plate. lol :)) I used to be really hooked on sugar. But, what’s worked for me is having healthier choices at my fingertips. Chobani, apples w/pb, trail mix…less guilty & very filling.

    I think you look great!! You seem to have a very healthy approach to running, nutrition. YOU just had a baby not too long ago AND rocked a 3:15 marathon!! just keep doing what you’re doing. You have great ethics, balance and you’re a great example to me & the running community Tia! I’m looking forward to meeting you (hopefully) in NYC and I’ll see you in BOSTON next year!! :)) Happy Fridaaaay! xo

  6. I always struggle to adjust my eating when I’m not training hard… my body still wants those treats and spoonfuls of pb, I really don’t feel that much “less” hungry! Glad you’re having a healthy day today! 🙂

  7. I am with you on the idea that the running blogging community and daily mile are so great, but what is not so great is how we can become caught up in comparing ourselves. I am totally guilty of this too. What you said is so right-keep doing what is right for ourselves and our bodies.

  8. Yes, I don’t do daily mile for just that reason–I’m bad enough with the comparisons without it.

    And I’m also with you on the post-marathon eating thing. Now that I’m injured, I can tell my appetite is less–but my *cravings* are still there! Ugh. I’m actually weighing myself daily to try to stay on top of it.

  9. I am so glad to know that others moms struggle with the post marathon “what to do now” problem. I have committed to my eating now that we have returned from vacation. Can’t wait to hear what you upcoming race schedule looks like!

  10. Thanks!! I meant to reply to everyone individually but the last few days have been busy! I appreciate your encouragement and comments so much. Thank you all!! 🙂

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