Training. Taper. Marathon. Recover.
Being on this mountaintop of accomplishment is making me want to keep pushing towards greater heights.
The problem is hiking down this mountain and deciding which peak I would like to climb next. I see a world of opportunity. I would love to maintain my fitness level and physique. I have a fear of gaining weight and losing endurance.
The reason I got into running as an adult was for weight management. At the age of 15, I was diagnosed with Graves Disease. My case was published in UofM medical journals due to my age. A specialist prescribed radioactive iodine. I will take hormone replacement for the rest of my life.
My weight can get out of control if I’m not careful. At 5’7.5″, I have maintained a weight of 145 over the last year or two. Spinning made me melt 2-3 dress sizes. Two days before MCM, I weighed 134. A week after, I went down two more pounds. The 4-5lb carb load weight gain did not hold true for me.
I wouldn’t mind getting back to 145 and I probably will. I plan to add strength training to my schedule along with yoga. I know they will improve my overall fitness.
Furthermore, when I train for a fall 2014 marathon I can continue with the weights. The Hal Higdon plan does not recommend strength training if a runner has not already been doing so. That’s why I didn’t add it this last training cycle. My focus was distance.
In the meanwhile, I will keep climbing these mountains and hop a few bunny hills.
I am not afraid to reach new heights. If the MCM ends up being the greatest of them all, I will always be able to look up and see that peak and hold the joy of what it took to get there.