25 Apr 2014

Race & Recovery

Posted by divamar

Ready…

Since the exciting build to the marathon in Toronto last fall, I’ve been focused on another phase of my long-term training and periodization. After going hard at it for the past few years and gearing for big races, I’ve been enjoying a season that has allowed me to be a bit less rigid in my training regime. I’m something of a broken record when it comes to the importance of balancing rest and recovery with periods of intense work, but I believe in the benefits of this mix and never waver on this. I’m convinced this cycle is essential to remaining injury free and mentally sharp and that it’s healthy to take a pause from reaching for hard goals—especially following big training blocks that require incredible discipline and physical effort like prepping for a marathon.

Advanced Mindful Strides class

Advanced Mindful Strides class

In the meantime, I’ve dedicated a lot of energy to Mindful Strides, regularly offering clinics, building my coaching and training practice and getting out to speak to groups of runners about healthy form.

Speaking to the Victoria Running Room TC10km/half-marathon clinic

Speaking to the Victoria Running Room TC10km/half-marathon clinic

Speaking to the Esquimalt 10km training group

Speaking to the Esquimalt 10km training group

Set…

The ‘time-off’ has been good for body and brain. There’s been more opportunity to enjoy activities like hiking, cycling and connecting with friends. I’ve continued to run and train (typically twice a day), but have resisted putting firm goals in the window; I’ve even relaxed a little and enjoyed the odd glass of vino!

Hitting the trails with good friends

Hitting the trails with good friends

Mar and Hilary

Mar and Hilary

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I’ve also been fortunate to draw a lot of energy and inspiration from the runners I coach. My regular Saturday morning workout group in Victoria is growing, along with the supportive atmosphere it fosters. The core members of this group are those who I coach directly, but all runners are welcome to join in on the fun.

Saturday morning training group

Saturday morning training group

Go!

With Coach Trent’s help, I’ve just firmed up a race plan that will build toward the next goal: the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon in June. We’ve decided I’ll run the TC10K this weekend in Victoria, and possibly the BMO Vancouver 8K and Oak Bay Half-Marathon from there. I’m looking forward to the hometown racing on Sunday and to toeing the line with all of my athletes, Striders, and friends in the local running community. Wishing everyone a great day out on the course! I’ll be watching for you.

As always, I am grateful to my sponsors Mountain Equipment Co-op, Saucony Canada and Rumble for their continuous support.

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