Friday Roundup: back in action

Salvete, omnes… a.k.a. hello, all. Happy Friday!! I feel like I blinked, and it’s the end of the week (and month). Oof. #boardingschool.

Food this week was a little lackluster out of sheer exhaustion, but I did finally manage to pull together that veggie chili on Tuesday night.

Oh man. Oh man.

Oh man. Oh man.

Word to the wise: when you make this, plan on the smell of the chili powder and cumin becoming your perfume for the night. Of course, I was wearing my one longsleeve cold weather Under Armour shirt after my run…it now reeks of eau de chili.

I’ve also been engulfed by a superhuman hunger this past week, owing mostly to the fact that I’m back in action on the training front. Per exemplum…

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Monday night…

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…and lunch today. You had better believe I ate the whole thing. It was 90% spinach leaves on the bottom there, but still. Veggie minestrone (my FAVE) for the win.

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“It’s Thursday night and I’m exhausted. Eggs.”

The “roundup” that’s far more important this week is that of my exercise routine. If you’ve been following the blog (yay 🙂 ), you know that I’m planning to enter the Broad Street Run lottery on February 1st. It’s a 10-mile race from North to South Philly (past the stadiums and into the Naval Yard on Broad Street), and I don’t need to tell you that training for a race that long is a huge commitment (time-wise and physically). I took this week to begin “revving up” for longer training runs in February, as well as to return to a strength routine. Here’s what I did:

Monday: 20 minute elliptical (I didn’t sleep enough on Sunday night, so I took it easy);

Tuesday: 30 minute outdoor run;

Wednesday: 20 minute outdoor run (in the snow);

Thursday: hour-long “boot camp” strength class;

and this afternoon, I plan on hopping on the elliptical for 30 minutes.

It’s supposed to snow in the Philly area on Saturday, so I’m hoping to work another 30-40 minute run in at some point this weekend. It’s not exactly crunch time for training, though, so I can definitely afford to miss that this week. I much, much prefer to run outside, as the treadmill just plain doesn’t work the same muscles as the great outdoors. I’ve been foam-rolling the you-know-what out of my lower calves as proof.

When I first started the blog, I had just come off of an absolutely terrible 8k which I shouldn’t even have run. I took a month and a half off from running and a full month off from working out altogether, and so as I move forward in this training season, I’m simultaneously taking precautions to make sure that I build distance slowly and safely. That means wrapping my patellar tendon with pre-wrap before each run; warming up with a walk and slow jog; dynamic stretching before I set out (such as “toy soldiers”); maintaining an even pace (no speedwork just yet); fully stretching after the run (especially my quads); and icing my tendon for 15-20 minutes post-stretch (while I snack, obviously).

Why the heck am I putting myself through all of that? Runners out there, I think you’d do all of this, too, if it meant you were out there with feet pounding the pavement, a gloriously empty mind (or maybe it’s your time to think), and lungs full of crisp winter air. My fellow winter track distance coach put it this way: sometimes, he goes out on a run intending to think a problem through; by the end of the run, his mind has dismissed the problem as even relevant, and he lets go of his worry and stress. Rain or shine, running is a solace and a joy (and a challenge, but like pain, it is easily forgotten after the fact).

As Broad Street employs a lottery system– meaning I won’t know if we’re actually “in” until mid-February– I won’t be posting any sort of official training plan until after my credit card has been charged. If you’re interested in the mileage required to run a 10-mile race, check out any standard 15k plan (they’re pretty much equivalent).

Any good plans this weekend? I teach 3 of my 4 classes tomorrow morning, so while I won’t do much more than order pizza with Rich and relax tonight, I do plan on meeting up with some former colleagues for drinks on Saturday.

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2 thoughts on “Friday Roundup: back in action

  1. Waiting patiently for Broad St lottery entry. Need a “good” excuse to get down and visit… I mean get back to longer distances! Shoveling a 100 ft driveway and trudging a half mile in the snowy, icy sidewalk to the store each way is my workout for today. Back to the gym for a run tomorrow!

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