So week 1 of getting back to running is in the books. My mom and I are hoping to run the Philly Half in November, though we haven’t registered yet. Should do that soon though…
Last week was a shock for my body. I haven’t done much of anything the past month or two because of vacation, and just lacking motivation. But it feels so good to have a training plan and end goal again. Here’s what I did last week:
Monday: Upper body strength training
Tuesday: Lower body strength training + 3 mile run
Thursday: Off (was supposed to run but didn’t get back until late – oops)
Friday: Lower body strength training + 3 mile run
Saturday: 35 min. swimming
Sunday: 4 mile run
Can we talk about swimming for a second? That is tough!! I have never regularly swam laps, and probably do so like 2 times a year, so I’m obviously not the best swimmer. My sister and I went and we did 4 laps with a kickboard, and then 4 laps freestyle…and I was spent! That’s only 400 yards!! Then I see all of you who did the NYC Tri yesterday swam 1500 meters…crazy! I want to get to that level eventually
Yesterday, my family and I were in New York showing my uncle around the city. He is visiting from Paraguay and it’s his first time here. We went to the Brooklyn Bridge, Canal St., Empire State Building, and my dad and him rented bikes at Central Park while my mom and I walked around.
While they were at Canal St., I took advantage and got my run in. I figured I’d just run up 7th or 8th Ave. all the way to Central Park. Turns out it was exactly 4 miles!
While I ran, I took some Instagram videos of my journey:
I always love running in NYC. It’s such a change of pace for me from running on long, winding roads with nothing to look at but trees (I know, I shouldn’t really be complaining about this lol). Time passes by faster when I run in the city. Lots of people watching you can do while running!
I believe I will be running the Fifth Avenue Mile again this year, and hoping to break my PR of 7:03. We’ll see though…this week I felt so out of shape and sore. But I know it will come back relatively quickly.
Do you get really sore when you start exercising again after a long break?
Do you run in a rural, suburban or urban area? Which do you prefer?
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