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!
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.
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!
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!
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!