If potato chips, peach blossoms and hot cross buns can have a day dedicated to them, running definitely deserves a day of its own. I wish I could say I ran a marathon, or even a half marathon to commemorate National Running Day, but I had to settle for 4 slow miles. Painless miles, though. Ken with his wealth of running experience, tirelessly kept pointing out issues that could have triggered my injury till the brain fog cleared and I saw the light. You see, way back when I started running, I diligently followed the videos on runnersworld.com for the foot and core strengthening exercises, which I would repeat 2-3 times a day. As cross training and free weights got added to my routine, I abandoned these exercises in the interest of time. Turns out, it was not a smart decision. On Ken’s suggestion, I’ve started doing these exercises again this week and…ah, the bliss of pain-free running! I owe you one, Ken!!! Sometimes, we overlook the most obvious things. I’ve only run twice this week, so it’s still too early to tell if the pain has completely gone, but the difference is remarkable.
Monday: 5 miles + spinning
Tuesday: Body Works
Wednesday: 4 miles
I'm keeping the mileage low this week and will most probably stick to 4 days of running.
But I am looking forward to the "Train"ing Run on Saturday. This is a much-talked about event hosted by the running club. It is a non-competitive event; people are invited to run as many (or as few) miles as they want to on the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath (the entire distance is 34.1 miles), then stay and enjoy a "fabulous picnic with hot and cold food and ice cold drinks" (according to the website). Before I injured myself, I was hoping to do 16 miles. Now, I'll be happy if I can complete the 11.3 miles I have signed up for. Choo-choo!