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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