I'm a little thicker, make me quicker
October 9, 2010 5:55 PM Subscribe
Decided to run my second marathon--AZ Rock 'n Roll Marathon
. Would appreciate some advice about my unique situation...
I ran this exact marathon when I was 18 in 4:05--I crashed and burned in the last five miles. Since then, I have remained very active but have significantly bulked up going from ~145 lbs to a lean ~190 over the past four years. Now when I run it feels like I'm wearing a backpack and am a little top heavy.
-What's the best way to lose some bulk in my upper body?
-Will this just happen naturally as I continue to train?
-Will I adapt to this top heavy feeling as I continue to train?
My thicker legs now rub like crazy! My shorts bunch up between my legs and it's really uncomfortable. I have been using loads of Astroglide (whatever that anti-chafing stuff is called)--it's not helping too much. Any recommendation on how to make this less painful? Remove some of the fabric from my shorts with scissors, perhaps?
I really haven't been running for the past year or two, but am in pretty good cardiovascular shape. I realize the longer runs are the most important part of the training. For the shorter runs, should I focus on recovery (just getting more miles in) or speed and push my cardiovascular system?
The most critical part of the whole training will be my ability to recovery quickly and remain injury free. Are there any tricks to help speed-up recovery? Eat while running? Hot tub soak?
Sorry, my questions are all the place. I really appreciate any feedback. I'm still working on my exact workouts and mileages, but would like any input.
*I realize this is the 1,000th Ask MeFi question about marathon training, but I think my situation is a little unique--thanks for humoring me!