This past week I returned to running. But not just back to running from a week long break after the marathon. Back to my old schedule. Back to basics.
Oh, and it felt goooood.
I trained with a local running store and for the past 6 months I've been following their schedule. This week I totally reclaimed my running.
And it felt goooood.
Michelle and hit the trail M-W for 4 miles each and F for 5. Tuesday cross training and Thursday rest. (on of my favorite days!) And then what I've been waiting for. The Saturday long run. 9 glorious, leisurely miles. Lucy joined us (first time I've seen her since May!) and we left from my house. My house. That means I was able to sleep until 8 minutes before the girls were to arrive. Bliss.
It feels so good to be running for me again. (me, me, it's all about ME!) While I'm very goal oriented and totally motivated by a training program... as you know, a first marathon is life consuming. That's all I thought about and talked about. It's what I was running for. And this past week, I was just running to run.
And it felt so gooooood.
I've signed up for the WR half on Dec 13th, but not following a rigorous program. Just started with 9 miles and will work my long run up by only a mile each week until I get to race day 13. Taking this one easy.
I saw my doctor again on Friday and she gave me several exercises to strengthen my quads. And other areas. I'm sure in my life I've been called weak @ss. Turns out, it's true. I do inded have a weak @ss. To be fair, she used the more medical term of weak gluteus medius. I'm excited to get healthy and hopeful this will cure my angry knee and hip. I'm looking forward to 2010 and setting some PRs!
And because I don't like to blog without at least one photo...I started my hardcore Christmas shopping this weekend and you can imagine my delight when I saw that the tree at the mall is up!