Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Running Update and Two Awesome Workouts

I haven’t blogged about running in forever. And for a blogger who promises a delightful combination of eating, running, and reading, that is just not acceptable! (Just look at my cupcake - she is running.)

I wrote a post way back in November (Time flies!) about running goals. They included running a race and not getting injured. I’m ashamed to admit that I failed on both counts, which is why I haven’t been blogging about running as much as normal. 

Basically, I can only write, Welp, I appear to have hurt myself again! so many times before a) you get sick of me, and/or b) I have to burrow into a corner and cry for a bit. 

But this is not a post about my injuries. Because they are in the past. I have re-learned the same lessons I’ve learned before (Wise Words on Days Off,  The Comeback, Overexcited: Too Fast, Too Soon, How to deal with aches and pains when you’re getting back into running, and Running Smart) and now I’m looking forward. 

Forward to what? you may wonder. Well here’s the update: I did not run the Jingle All the Way 8K in December, but I am entered to run the St. Patrick’s Day 8K on March 11th. And in even bigger news, I got into the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run on April 1! So I’m excited for that.

In a joyous return to all things track, I have attended not one but two early morning workouts in the past week! (Am I becoming a morning runner??? Maybe…) 

Here’s how it goes:
  • 5:15 am: I get up, put on my running clothes, and eat a handful of trail mix or a spoonful of peanut butter.
  • 5:25: I stand on the corner outside my house and Cris picks me up to drive to the track in Ballson. 
  • 5:40-6:00: I nap in the car while Cris starts her warm-up. 
  • 6:00-6:30: I warm up.
  • 6:30: Workout time! 
  • Friday Coach George assigned us a tempo run: We ran 3 miles (jog ½ mile recovery), then 1 mile. Then a 15-minute cool-down jog. Fun times were had by all. 
  • Tuesday was an interval workout: We ran 1 mile (jog ¼ mile recovery), then 4x ½ mile, i.e. 4x800, (jog ¼ mile recovery between each). Then a 15-minute cool-down jog. 
  • Both workouts totaled to about 8 miles. 
  • 7:30: Metro back home.
  • 8:00: Proceed with day as if nothing happened. 

I highly recommend both these workouts for anyone trying to get back into the swing of things. Happy running everyone!