I feel so unfit.
I ran a marathon 3 weeks ago and yet I feel like I am more unfit than I’ve been in years! How can that possibly be?
Running the Trick or Treat 5K on Sunday, although I wasn’t wearing a watch, I felt like we were pushing the pace and when Emily forged ahead, I knew I wasn’t going to follow. Yes my knee was hurting, but also my lungs were starting to burn.
Is it the two week taper? Or the two week recovery post marathon that has been detrimental to my fitness?
Obviously when improving your endurance fitness, your speed can suffer. It’s a different kind of pressure on your body, to push it to run 18, 19, 20 miles than to take a HIIT 30 minute cardio and weights session in a gym. It’s aerobic vs anaerobic fitness, plus you’re using your fast twitch muscle fibres used in rapid movements like jumping and sprinting. A HIIT workout is all about your recovery, whilst your endurance tests your ability to find a pace and stick to it for miles and miles.
To improve at a certain type of fitness, you need to train for that type of fitness. Although I included weekly speed session into my marathon training, I know I’ve lost a lot of my anaerobic fitness and strength. Mentally I’m finding it hard to push through these types of workouts too.
Incorporating speed work as well as explosive style movements like squat jumps, burpees, and split lunges into marathon training can help maintain your anaerobic fitness even as the mileage increases. As much as I loved Barre classes while training for Chicago, I think personally I need to add some more weights/HIIT training in there too.
I’m currently making very good use of my Classpass membership and attending classes at Paola’s Body Barre, GymClass, 1Rebel and Boom Cycle last week, and have got workouts booked at Core Collective, Ride Republic and Project Fit this week (along with My November Project). I’ve been thinking about sharing these workouts regularly on here to show you what I’m getting up to – would this be of interest? I currently share most of it on twitter/instagram but am missing the regular workout recaps that come with marathon training!