I am so happy to be back to training. Not just because it gives me more to blog about, but it just makes me happy and fulfilled.
Last night, I trekked uptown to the New York Junior League to meet up with our marathon team for a fun, social run. I remember about 10 years ago, when I first signed up for a marathon (even though I couldn’t run at all…I don’t recommend that) heading out on a “fun run” with the training group and struggling so much through three miles. It’s so crazy how far I’ve come since then.
Shameless plug to donate to help women and children here:
Jess, who’s been coaching me for the past two years, is also our NYJL run coach, which is a wonderful case of worlds overlapping. She’s the one in the front in the middle.
So over the past few years, I’ve accumulated a bunch of knowledge about running (and even have my coaching certification), but Jess works with runners day in and day out and knows a whole lot. So I loved a few of the stretches she had us do.
She also taught us a great dynamic calf stretch:
AND told us to be doing some dynamic warm-ups/cool-downs ESPECIALLY if you’re running in the morning — which I usually do. She said that could also just be walking for 5 minutes. I usually walk to the end of my block (which is approximately 20 feet) and start, but this morning I took that to mean to walk one block on both the front and back ends of my run.
2 mile warm-up (I didn’t time it)
6 x 400: I ran this on the West Side Highway path. Thankfully there weren’t too many people out, but interval running on a straight path is always interesting. Splits: 7:15, 7:00 7:11, 7:30, 7:35, 7:30.
Tonight at work, I did one of our Pilates workouts. My lower back had been pretty tight before but now it + my glutes really hurt.
Do you have any fave lower back stretches/ways to relieve lower back pain?
Also, if you are familiar with the Hamptons, do you know of any good running routes around Amagansett/East Hampton? I have 12 miles to cover Friday out there. I’m excited but wondering if there’s any more interesting route than just up and down 27…which is interesting in and of itself!