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 couldnâ€™t run at allâ€¦I donâ€™t recommend that) heading out on a â€œfun runâ€ with the training group and struggling so much through three miles. Itâ€™s so crazy how far Iâ€™ve come since then.
Shameless plug to donate to help women and children here:
Jess, whoâ€™s been coaching me for the past two years, is also our NYJL run coach, which is a wonderful case of worlds overlapping. Sheâ€™s the one in the front in the middle.
So over the past few years, Iâ€™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 â€” 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.Â 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!Â