On The Road

β€œNothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” Jack Kerouac

I am in my fourth week of 100+ miles with each week accumulating more. I am tired, forgetful, achy, and I love it!!! Although the preceding come with the monster that is marathon training, I love how I am starting to feel very fit. Some mornings I have no idea how I am going to tackle a 12 mile recovery run, and then I get out there and everything starts to click. I love that.

Oh, this is random- just in case you want to see our digs in Michigan! Cute huh? Do you see the heart stones around the window? Love.

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A few Sundays ago I had my first downhill specific workout. I ran 5×1.5 miles at marathon pace to mimic the first miles of the Boston course. Have you ever done a workout like that? Well, let me tell you, it is all fun and games…until the next day. I could barely walk! This is why training downhill for a downhill race is so important. Those quads need to get beaten up. Doing these at marathon pace, I had no doubt in my mind I could hit them. That wasn’t the hard part. The hard part is holding back and learning control. I am a super spazz at the beginning of workouts and races so I am really glad we are working on this. Below are all of the clothes that I ran said workout in.

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My roll recovery R8 has become key in helping me recover. Does it sound bad to say that I like it because sometimes I am too lazy to get on the ground and use the foam roller? Ha! I was going to review it, but my very good friends Derek and Allison DeLancy have written an amazing blog post pretty much identical to my opinion, so hop on over and check it out here:

http://www.azparentsontherun.com/2013/02/roll-recovery-r8.html

 

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Lots to share and update on my Florida trip too! My blogger wasn’t working on my tablet while I was there so I have lots to catch up on! Run Happy friends!

7 Comments

  1. Sounds like things are coming along nicely Ari!!! Yeah, I’ve heard about those downhill workouts a how killer they can be … the day after haha! Anyways keep up the good work and you seem poised for a strong performance at Boston. Now that I’m done with my marathon I’ll kick my legs up and recover and let you take care of the marathoning business now πŸ™‚ Go Team Hansons & Run Happy!!! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Lee! Enjoy that time off! You worked so hard in training. Looking forward to following your next training cycle!

  2. That roller looks really interesting – I’m going to have to check it out online πŸ™‚

  3. Looks like I need to add a downhill training run like that for my Boston prep. Thanks for the advice. I’m going to have to look up that roller contraption, too… looks painfully fun πŸ™‚ Love love love your shirt by the way! and LOVE following your blog!

  4. That’s some heavy duty training, and I’m glad it’s going well! I’m sure working on learning control and holding back early in workouts and races will pay off big time in Boston (and in subsequent races). I hope your training continues to go well! Run Happy. πŸ™‚

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