Back in Action and Team Challenge Training

I’m back baby!  Well sort of.  I’m not where I used to be, but I’m running again which is definitely a start.  I’m glad I listened to my physical therapist and took those 3 weeks off to rest.  I’m running pain free and feel much better.

On Thursday, I went to my first training practice with my Team Challenge group.  This was a track practice held at a high school and it was the perfect place for me to get back in the swing of things.  It’s a flat, cushy surface to minimize any strain on my legs.  I stretched and did 3 laps before training got started.  I had met a few of my teammates at a bowling event a few weeks prior, but it was great to meet some more of the crew.  We started with the following drills for about 25 yards down and back: high knees, butt kicks, high skips, and cross side steps.  This was followed by 8 rounds of high knee speed hurdles that were killer!

Hurdles...boooo

We then began our run.  We did 4 sets of 2 laps with a 3 minute rest in between each.  I was able to maintain about a 12:30 minute-mile for all of the laps, which I was very happy with since this was my first run in 3 weeks.  My endurance has definitely declined, but I’m glad I kept up with the Spinning classes in the off time because it could be much worse.  I also had no pain in my psoas.  I will repeat NO PAIN!  That rest thing really pays off 🙂

I should also mention that this was my first run with my new Brooks Ravenna 3’s and I LOVE them.  Super comfy and I felt so much lighter in them.  I can’t continue to stress enough how important it is to get fitted for proper running shoes on a regular basis.

Brooks Ravenna 3

Running with coaches watching your form and yelling out your time was very new to me.  Running has always been a very solitary activity for me and is a way to relax a bit to let my mind wander.  But I must say that having coaches on hand is really nice.  Coach Janis noticed right away that I was swinging my arms incorrectly.  Apparently I have been crossing my arms in front of me as I run, which is a big no no.  She told me to hold my arms at a 90 degree angle and pretend like I’m holding a carton of eggs.  Keeping my arms apart like this will help my momentum and move my body forward more easily.  And boy did it work!  I have to say that it was hard to keep my arms in that position since I’m not used to it, but I really felt like it was easier to move.  Coaches rule!

After our track practice, we all headed back to the Team Challenge/CCFA office for a sports nutrition seminar from a local specialist in Sports Dietetics.  This was very insightful and I’ll be highlighting it in more detail in a later post…so stay tuned!  I stopped for tacos on my way home from my favorite spot Bartaco since I felt I deserved a reward after my pain free run.  Probably not what the nutritionist had in mind as a post race meal, but hey, I have a weakness for tacos.  YUM!

Pork Belly & Red Snapper Tacos!!!

I felt good the next day, but my quads were sore from not being used for a while.  That’s a good pain though.  I took Friday and Saturday off due to other obligations, but I also don’t want to push myself to hard in the beginning.  I want to make sure I give my body enough rest between runs so I don’t re-aggravate my injury.

Sunday morning I went out for my second run of the week and all was good.  I ran along the Long Island Sound, which is one of my favorite spots and I feel so lucky to live right down the street from it.  I had intended to do 5 miles, but around mile 2 I had to turn around and head home due to a minor GI emergency.  That was a difficult 2 miles home, but I managed to get through it and end up with a good time.  My average pace was 13:24 for the 4.1 miles, which included quite a few walking breaks.  Not too shabby for just getting back into the swing of things!

Gorgeous morning for a run along the Long Island Sound!

Now that I’m back to training, my goals for the week are the following:

  • Tuesday: 2.5 miles
  • Wednesday: Spinning (15 miles)
  • Thursday: 3 miles
  • Sunday: 6 miles

What is your training schedule for the week?

Here’s hoping for another week free of pain and continued improvement of my endurance!

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3 Comments

  • Great post! It always feels good to get back into the routine. I was sidelined by winter laziness followed by a round of strep throat back in January/February, but now I’m back into my running routine. My training schedule is similar to yours, this week Wed 2.5 mi, Fri 2.5-3 mi, Sun 6 mi. Hope your week is a good one!

  • Congratulations on your pain free runs! That is awesome and I’m sure it feels really good too.

    Sounds like you have a great plan for the week. I’m kind og playing it as I feel this week as I’ve been having some diet issues, but I hope to get some good miles and a nice long run this weeekend.

    Can’t wait to hear more about the nutritionist.

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