Let the training begin

san francisco bay bridge

View from my last run in San Francisco and a lovely 6 miles.

We returned home to Brooklyn on Saturday – nice to have a one day buffer between getting home and the rush rush rush of going back to school and work. We spent Sunday grocery shopping, cooking and prepping food for the week while the boys got reacquainted with their toys – a very important task.

I stayed up way too late watching the Osacrs. Did you watch? Really, I only care about the red carpet and seeing all the pretty dresses.  Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Lawrence looked amazing. Jane Fonda looked stunning in that sunny yellow dress. And Jenna Dewan Tatum looked incredible, showing off her baby bump in a gorgeous black lace gown.

Sorry I digressed. Today is back to school and back to work.

Today also marks the start of training for the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia. I found out last week that I got in through the lottery! I’m excited about it. It’s been a long time since I’ve last trained for a race. A really long time. Maybe 2005?

I kind of gave up on training and racing at that point because after the NYC Triathlon, my body basically broke down and I couldn’t breathe. My lung function plummeted for some reason (still don’t know exactly why). I figured that my body couldn’t handle it and that I would just stick to “working out” and not pushing myself too hard.

So it’s 10 weeks until race day. I feel comfortable with my running right now. On my last run in San Francisco on Friday, I ran 6 miles which is the farthest I’ve run since knee surgery last year. Progress, right? Focus on progress.

My training will consist of 3 days of running – an easy day, tempo run and a long run. I’m erring on the side of running less to be more forgiving on my knee and because I know that when I run more than 3-4 days a week, I tend to get injured and have a harder time recovering.

It will also include 3 days of cross-training / strength training / yoga. I intend to practice yoga at least once a week and strength train. Depending on how I’m feeling during any given week, I may use one of these cross-training/strength/yoga days as an extra rest day.

At least, that’s the plan.

Have you trained for a 10-miler before? What Spring races are you training for?



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  1. says

    I loved the red carpet last night! Lots of gorgeous dresses but I was disappointed with Halle Berry. Although she could wear a paper bag and make it look good!

    Good luck in training! I’m the same way – I can’t run more than 4 days a week before injuries pop up. Sounds like a solid plan! You’re going to do great!

    • admin says

      Halle’s dress kind of grew on me as the night went on but it’s true, she makes anything look good. And thanks for the support!

  2. says

    I DID watch most of the Oscars…I am such a celebrity nerd! It was fun to watch and I always wish I had a reason to wear a fabulous dress like those!

    I’m i mpressed with your training for a 10-miler. I always just go with the flow on shorter races (under marathons, that is ha ha) and don’t train but I know if I did, it would make me SO much faster in both long AND short races. Keep up the good work!
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  3. says

    That day in between vacation and getting back to the real world is so key! I always try to build that in to trips.

    I haven’t watched any Oscar coverage yet, but I will be scouring some fashion police shows today!

    You HAVE made big progress with your running–it’s so nice that you can focus on a race, now. I’ve told you I’ve done Broad St. and loved it; I’m sure you will, too. 10-milers are a great distance!
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    • admin says

      You’ve gotten me really excited about Broad St. I can’t wait. And yes! That one-day buffer is a lifesaver although I wish that the kids’ jetlag would cure itself in one day too!

  4. says

    Congrats on winning the lottery! I put my name in the NYC Marathon hat a few times and didn’t get in. Fortunately I had a friend who had a friend that got me a guaranteed entry. Gotta love your friends.

    I think your plan is spot on. For me, less always seems to be more. Best of luck! It will be a great event!
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    • admin says

      Thanks Michelle! Yes, always good to have good friends. I was thinking of you this past week as I think that my asthma has returned!! I cannot even tell you how frustrated I am about it. That and I’m totally in denial and ignoring it. Smart, right?

  5. says

    I did last September! I can’t say that I followed any real training plan. I just ran. I stopped setting specific distances and instead…jI would just end up going with the flow. It worked much better for me :) Running and numbers don’t jibe with me lol
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  6. says

    Hey friend!!! It’s been too long since I’ve been around…so glad to see you’ve set sights on a race!! I actually just announced that I’m training for my next half, so here’s to us and our kick-butt training! ;) PS: Love that you’re incorporating cross training…that was my biggest mistake last time.
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    • admin says

      I’ve been thinking about you too! I’m so excited for you and your half marathon training. I’m totally hear to support you. Here’s to kicking butts!

    • admin says

      I’m still building up speed and endurance and will probably start with intervals before going to tempo runs. I’m so scared of doing too much too quickly.

  7. says

    YES!! So excited for you! I trained for the Army 10 miler way back in the day (2007). It’s definitely an interesting distance…one that you can push yourself pretty hard for the majority of it. I think 3x/week is smart for you. Since you will be increasing your mileage of your long run and adding in a tempo run, you won’t want to do too much and start increasing days too.
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    • admin says

      Thanks Michele. I think that it will be a good distance for me for the spring and then hopefully a half in the fall and then who knows :-) I can’t imagine running more than 3 days a week right now. I would just be inviting trouble. Also going to start conservatively with the tempo runs. I’m so scared of doing too much too soon!

  8. says

    One nice thing about living on the west coast is that I got to watch the oscars starting at 5:30. It doesn’t always work this way, though, because sometimes you get the tape-delayed version like they did with the grammies.

    I love 10 miles races. I’ve only done a couple but i think it’s a great distance. Your schedule sounds pretty good, lots of cross training. You’ll do great!
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    • admin says

      Man, I wish that I could watch the Oscars starting at 5:30! I totally paid the price this morning. And thanks Debbie. Not sure I’ll actually do 3 days of cross-training every week but wanted to at least sketch it out. Definitely will be relying on how my body feels and adjusts to training again.

  9. says

    WOW! You impress me like crazy!! GREAT JOB!

    We have a TON in common.
    I too am just learning how to surf as of last summer. SO scary at times-eh?!!?

    I totally watched all the oscars-My honey is an actor!

    Looking forward to following you!

    • admin says

      Thank you! I was so excited to come across your blog! Yes, surfing IS scary at times but love it. Can’t wait to follow you too!

  10. says

    What girl doesn’t love the red carpet!? The dresses were amazing. I felt bad for Jennifer Lawrence when she tripped going up the stage. That dress was massive.

    I liek your strategy for running. I prefer training plans that have fewer runs too. I think it keeps my excitement level up. I don’t burn out.

    Can’t wait to see how you do! Keep an eye on that knee! :)
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    • admin says

      Thanks Katie and I will definitely be keeping an eye on my knee! I know, I felt bad for Jennifer Lawrence too but I she handled it well.

  11. says

    You’re gonna rock your 10 miler!! So excited to hear about all of your training. PS, I just went back and read about your knee surgery. It totally puts my minor injury into perspective–you’re so positive. I feel like I would have been a hot mess! I’m so happy for you that you’re back to it!
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    • admin says

      Thanks Ari! I appreciate that. Believe me, there were many moments during which I was a complete and utter mess! I’m just really grateful to be able to get back to the things that I enjoy. A little scared but overall excited.

    • admin says

      Me too! But then my body promptly reminds me with little twinges here and there when I start to get out of line with doing too much :-)

  12. says

    I totally feel understand the latter half of your post (I’m not really into awards shows and such…don’t have cable either). Anyway, but the whole pulling back and realizing that your body isn’t ready for where you want it to go: that’s where I’m at. I think that your plan sounds really reasonable and similar to what I’m going to be doing: three running days, two crosstrain/yoga/pilates/stretching days and some rest days. My postpartum body just isn’t ready for the kind of mileage it takes to train for the marathon I want to run. I have to wait. I am very bad at waiting. I do have half marathon planned for May and I *did* have a time goal, but now I think I’ll just be running it for fun. No time goals.
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    • admin says

      Thanks Sarah. It is frustrating and hard to pull back but I’m trying to keep it all in perspective – that I’d much rather run for a longer period of time than push myself too hard and get injured again and potentially not run again. I don’t have any time goals for this race – well, maybe one but I’m trying not to focus on it and want to just run.

  13. says

    Interesting timing on the post – I have my first 5k this weekend (after years off from running) and was looking for a 10 or 15 coming up. Not a lot to offer – most medium/good races are right now in Florida. Because by April, doesn’t matter how early the start is, it’s miserable. I guess I just can’t be as picky this year and just plan well for next year. But I am doing it all slower than I want so I can build a good base – without injury or setbacks. Hopefully anyway.
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    • admin says

      Good luck with your 5K! I had a hard time finding a race too and then the one that I found ended up being a lottery! Thank goodness that I got in. I think that you’re being smart in taking it slower and building your base.

  14. says

    I think 3 days running is plenty!! I get injured really quickly too if I run too much. Sometimes less is more!

    I missed the Oscar’s I really want to see them! My excuse to get a magazine with all the pretty dresses! :)
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  15. says

    I did not watch the Oscars but I do watch the fashion recaps.

    I’m thinking about doing my first race in May and it’s a 5K (I have to start somewhere).


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