My stubbed toe has been on the mend and this past week I was able to run four times. This matched up perfectly with the slight change in weather and scenery. I love this time of year. It is inspiring and great for running. Really, any time the season changes, it does the body and mind good. I didn’t do any cross training this past week as I wanted to ease back into running. I couldn’t believe how sore I was after my first 30 minute run in about a month! I also saw my chiropractor for some adjustments as my back and IT band were acting up. He gave me some great exercises for strengthening those areas. I am trying to get back in the swing of a routine with both running and strength work. This week looks promising.
With the advent of fall, I realized it is probably in my best interest to skip a spring marathon and instead make a goal for a fall 2016 marathon. Having learned quite a bit during this down time, I realized I am prone to burnout and need rest in between training cycles for both mental and motivational purposes. I also think one marathon a year with other distances thrown in the mix is a good method for me. Plus, fall just features the best type of training weather. Instead of wasting good, quality training on a crappy winter and a muggy spring marathon that risks being slow due to those factors, I figured looking ahead a bit would be a good idea. So, this is where I am at right now. I hope everyone else who is training for a fall race is having a great time!
Monday: Easy 30 minute run
Tuesday: Off but did some strength work as well as really honing in on my meditation practice. I’ve been using Headspace Pro and it has been helping with quieting my mind as well as being more present with both comfort and discomfort. I’ve been doing it everyday since I’ve been injured, ranging anywhere from 5-20 minutes a day.
Wednesday: Easy 30 minute run on a golf course with some drills (high knees, butt kicks, karaokes, skipping). I was starting to feel less awkward on this one. The drills probably helped.
Friday: Off but started new strengthening exercises from Dr. Leo
Saturday: 30 minute welcome to fall run with James in the MORNING! The cool, crisp air made for a nice little date. Plus, I felt even less awkward.
Sunday: 45 minute “long” run at night. I think it is safe to say that after this run I broke through the awkwardness and felt normal running again.
Total: Approximately 13.5 miles