Listening to your body

If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll probably notice I’ve posted a couple of times about cutting runs shorts or going lighter with weights. That’s because I’m working on listening to my body as I get closer to starting marathon training.

There’s been times in the past where I’ve pushed through tiredness or soreness to get my runs in, which thankfully hasn’t lead to any injuries. But after going through one marathon training cycle, I know I need to start listening to my body more and back off when I need to. Otherwise, it will lead to injury one of these times and I don’t want to risk that.

And, even though it’s hard to back off now, it’s only going to get harder during marathon training because I’ll be working towards a goal. I want to get that sub-5 hour marathon time and getting in my training will help me to get there. But it’s not going to help if I’m injured. So here’s some of the things I’ve been working on (and will continue working on) leading up to and through marathon training:

  • Foam rolling: I was doing so good with regular foam rolling while training for the Twin Cities Marathon and the second it was over, I fell off that train. So now, before I get deep into training for the Eau Claire Marathon, I’m getting back into foam rolling after every workout. And I know I really need to because of how tight and sore I am lately.

  • Working on pace: I can tell I’ve gotten faster post-marathon training because I’m running my runs at what was my marathon pace for Twin Cities Marathon (around 10:30 minute/miles). Which is not the best idea to be running all my mileage at race pace because I’m just going to wear out my body. So for the next two weeks, I’ll be focusing on slowing down to around an 11 minute mile on my runs. And figuring out what my training paces will be for Eau Claire Marathon training based on my splits for Twin Cities Marathon.

  • Core work: I’ve been a couple of extra sessions during my off-season and I can tell how much it’s making a difference since I’m feeling much more stable while running. So this is something I want to work on incorporating more so that I’ll be doing core work during marathon training as well (outside of my cross-training day).

What are some things you’re working on because of listening to your body? Let me know in the comments!