Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

I ran six straight days last week. I feel like I need to celebrate in some way – you’d have to go back all the way to the beginning of December to find a stretch of running that long.

The last few weeks have been frustrating. I returned from Hawaii and the Honolulu Marathon on top of the world. It was a whirlwind few days and I came home ready for Christmas, my in-laws visiting and some hard training – something I hadn’t done since before Potomac a month prior. Running felt WAY better post-marathon (Potomac Marathon) than I ever remember it feeling.

But then I missed 8 straight days of running because of the flu (what my surgeon now thinks was actually the start of the infection in my gums). Not the end of the world. I’ve missed some longer stretches of running before and know that it doesn’t really make a noticeable difference.

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After a few runs, I felt like I was getting my mojo back. And then I missed another 7 straight days of running from the tooth/gum infection.

I know I will get back to where I was. It may take a few weeks or so to get there – which I know is not a super long length of time. But it can be frustrating to feel like you have to retrace your steps to get back to a point you were already at.

So for right now, I’m just focusing on getting back into the swing of things. And it just feels lousy. There’s really no other way to explain it. I haven’t worn a garmin because pace is irrelevant. I’m working on building back up a solid base. Running on a consistent basis again. No speedwork. No long runs. Nothing too taxing yet on my body.

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Missed my sunrise runs!

Last week’s running broke down like this: 6, 8, 9, 7, 6 and 12 miles. I got outside as much as possible. It was a chilly week across most of the US but the cold, refreshing air felt surprisingly great.

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Frozen tundra lately!

The last month also threw a curveball at my 2015 racing plans. My coach and I have decided to skip a late winter/early spring marathon and just focus on Boston – which is a short 13 weeks away. I know I won’t be where I want to be by next month (which is when I was planning to run marathon #1 of 2015) and anything later doesn’t leave me enough time to recover strong for Boston.

The good news is that it opens up the racing calendar for some shorter races. I’m on the hunt for a good half marathon in March (ideally early-mid) and/or a 10 miler or 10k – something to get my racing feet wet again. Any suggestions? I am looking for a flat and fast race which does not require travel (so within 45-60 min drive of Staten Island) for these shorter races. I’ve also added my first one mile race to my calendar – The Forest Avenue Mile. It’s a local gem that I’ve been meaning to race for years!

Hope you had a great weekend!

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    12 thoughts on “Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

    1. I know that I’m going to have this “getting back into the swing of things” in a few months post-baby. I’m trying to be realistic about having a more relaxed comeback and so I’m not signing up for any races yet. It’s hard though to go from feeling really fit to getting hit with unexpected sickness and really getting down. Last winter I took three weeks completely off in December…it was somewhat injury related but it was just what I needed mentally and physically to really approach spring marathon training well. I think I might make it an annual thing: race until November and then take three weeks off between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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    2. This may be an option for a 10-miler that starts in Cape May NJ

      March 29, 2015 marks the date of the OCEAN DRIVE 10-MILER. Also a USATF-NJ 500 point Grand Prix event, the OD 10-Miler runs concurrently with the ODMarathon beginning promptly at 9:00 AM on Beach Avenue, south of Perry Street, in Cape May City. The 10-Miler Finish is at the ODM 10-Mile Mark on the Boardwalk at 18th Avenue in North Wildwood. This course is USATF measured and certified (NJ12010LMB). Registration opens on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

    3. Sounds like you’ve got lots of good stuff coming up in the next 13 weeks. Excited to see it all unfold! And I hear ya about retracing your steps. Post 50k in mid December, I got super sick….and then eventually learned I was pregnant (yay!)…and first trimester annoyances are pretty bad right now! Don’t worry though; you’ll be back at 100% in no time. :)
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    4. I’m planning to run the Philly Love Half Marathon on March 29th. It’s supposed to be relatively flat and fast. Another good option is the Michelob ULTRA Half Marathon in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, on March 21st. Good luck with your marathon training!

    5. The Unite half marathon at Rutgers in NJ is fairly flat and fun! Not sure of the date this year…March??

    6. If you are willing to go 90 minutes the philly love run half is end of March. It’s fairly flat. Not pancake flat. Some of it is the same course as the Philly marathon so you know that course. I ran it last year and pr’ed.
      Enjoy your garmin-less running. The positive part of regaining your running level is enjoying the act of running rather than the progress to be faster.
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