I am not going to lie, I (like most of you reading this blog) tend to dread the off-season; however, I think it's best to focus on the positives of taking some time off!
1. Holiday runs: These are always a blast! I am going to try to do at least 3 holiday-themed races this year and join in on some fun group runs.
2. New indoor workouts: Hot yoga, Orange Theory, Pure Barre, spin classes, on-line workout videos - there are so many options and now is the time to give them a try!
3. Rehab exercises: This is a great time embrace those PT and strength exercises in order to avoid injuries in 2017.
4. Trail Running: I am a huge fan of trail running. This is the perfect time of year to get out on the trails - explore new parks, challenge yourself with new courses, and enjoy the beautiful scenery!
5, Setting new goals for 2017
Marathon PR? Full and/or Half Ironman race(s)? Trail races? Maybe an ultra? So many fun choices! Now is a perfect time to figure out a fun race schedule for 2017.
6. Making time for all the recipes and crafts I have pinned on Pinterest, but never actually done
Now is the perfect time to discover new recipes, make race collages and medal signs (those race bibs have to go somewhere), bake holiday treats, and create gifts for family and friends.
7. Most importantly, enjoy the holidays and spend quality time with family and friends!
What a great day for a marathon! The Indy Monumental Marathon turned out to be one of my absolute favorite races.
I wasn't sure how to pace my run since my speed has been all over the place this summer with training for IM Chattanooga. I decided to start out conservatively behind the 3:45 pace group and see how I felt.
The first half of the race ended up flying by. I ran into a girl from Cincinnati, so we ran and chatted together for the first 13 miles.
After passing the 13 mile marker I decided to pick it up. Surprisingly, my leg started to feel good with the faster pace. I haven't run <8:00min/mi pace for several months, but somehow my legs started to pick up to a 7:40 pace. I was excited to feel good with the faster leg turnover.
Note: I forgot to start my watch so I missed the first 3 mile of the race (mile 10 on the pace chart is actually mile 13).
I was happy to end my 2016 season with a negative split 3:34:36. It wasn't my fastest marathon, but it was a fun race with wonderful friends and great memories.