In my last Marathon Monday post, I mentioned my friend Seth, who played a big role in convincing me to register for the Walt Disney World Marathon. Seth is running the Dopey Challenge with Team Fox at Disney–5K on Thursday, 10K on Friday, 13.1 miles on Saturday, and 26.2 miles on Sunday. He’ll be racing to remember his grandfather, who passed away from Parkinson’s Disease. To help raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease research, Seth is partnering with Riverwalk Books. For every $5 you donate to Seth’s efforts in November, you will receive one entry into a raffle to win a $100 gift card to Riverwalk Books. Please consider supporting him while he trains to run 48.6 miles!
I’ve now completed my first week of training with Jess of Race Pace Wellness. On Sundays she sends me my workout schedule for the coming week, including distances and speed work for each run. I am still taking two cross training classes per week. I’m proud to report that I have completed one 14 mile and two 15 mile runs in the last three weeks. This weekend, I’ll be running 16 miles. One thing I like about Jess’s coaching style is that she encourages me to focus on effort level, rather than exact pace. This was my approach to training for my second half marathon. I tend to get frustrated if my pace isn’t as fast as I think it should be, so it’s easier to complete a workout if I’m alternating between effort levels (i.e. a Level 4 and a Level 9). I PR’d both my 1K and 1 mile last week using this method. Proof that my body is getting stronger.
Image via Flexistretcher
I’ve noticed that my legs are a new level of sore after my long runs. I’ve been a fan of foam rolling with Trigger Point for about a year now, but I found another way to stay stretched with Flexistretcher. While foam rolling is an intense “hurts so good” form of recovery, Flexistretcher harnesses the power of elastic resistance to safely improve flexibility. Using the Flexistretcher allows you to simulate sport-specific movement patterns, concentrating on improvements in execution and mobility. Working against the resistance of the band forces your muscles to respond with increased effort, which promotes the development of muscular growth, strength, and power. Flexistretcher was developed by professional ballerina turned entrepreneur Rachel Hamrick to help her regain flexibility and re-sculpt her form after an injury. As a former dancer, I’ve loved being able to regain some of the flexibility lost in my hips and hamstrings while running.
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