What's next on Candice's running schedule?
First I should mention I am back to running. After my marathon, I took a week off. After lots of hip, butt and thigh stretching and strengthening exercises for my IT band, I was planning on getting back at it the Thursday after my marathon, but my achilles tendons (yes both of them) were bothering me. I don't know if it was extra-delayed-onset-muscle-soreness, but I spent the weekend icing both my my heels. So Monday morning I strapped my girls in the jogger and we were off. I walked the first five minutes because I read it could help warm up my muscles and possibly help prevent IT band issues. The first two miles were great; no soreness. And my legs felt pretty good. But at almost exactly two miles, my left knee started feeling warm. The most significant thing about this is that it was my LEFT knee!! It was my right leg that bothered me during my marathon. So I walked the last 3/4 mile home. The plan for the ITB issues is: lots of stretching, strengthening exercies, new shoes, invest in a foam roller, and short (3-6 mile) runs mostly on the treadmill (since it's easier on my legs).
As far as races go, the next one I have planned is on Thanksgiving. It is the 4-miler I mentioned in my last post that I have run the past two years. The plan as far as training is to focus on speedwork and tempo runs to see how much I can improve my time. I haven't started thinking about a specific time goal yet; my training (as well as how quickly my ITB issues subside) will help me determine that.
Last but not least, I signed up for my next marathon! I will be running the Ogden Marathon on May 15, 2010. I'm sure there will be some shorter races between now and then, but I am so excited to have a spring marathon on the calendar!!