Ok, I hate the new Adele song, but it has been so long I need to get an running update out so I can clear my brain and start fresh. Hello, can you hear me? Hello, it’s me and I want to share my running stories from the past month with you… Hello…ugh
After an extended break from running, I got into the spirit of it again after completing the Detroit Marathon relay with my team from work. I ran it well, as in 6.57 miles with an average pace of 8:36, and was rather shocked at my performance considering I really didn’t run much prior to the race. Slowly, I started ramping my mileage up, but it was really inconsistent after the race. I could not decide on a plan to follow so after stumbling through a total of 43 miles on my own in October, I contacted my running coach and he graceously offered to take me under his wing again and with that…
November 2015 Recap!
I started off the month with a bang and a shiny new 5K PR at the Shelby Township Veteran’s Day Run. Granted it was 3.1 miles almost all on horrible bike trails and I fell in the first mile, but I finished in 26:44 just barely coming in under my previous PR of 26:52.
Shortly after that race I started to experience pain on the outside and top of my right foot when running on uneven surfaces. My coach sent me off to see Dr. Raj at Empower Physical Therapy and turns out the pain was from landing on the outside of my foot when running due to loads of imbalances in my hips, glutes, core and quads/hammies. I been seeing Dr. Raj 2x a week now, and amazed at the progress and strength I have gained. I am also pain free and learning some cool TRX workouts to do on my own at home.
The second week in November I headed to Las Vegas to run the Rock n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon. Yes, I totally booked this on a whim and was no where ready to rock a half, but I digress.
After battling 40-55mph whipping winds in the first 8 miles followed by rain and slick roads and headwinds from mile 10 to 13.1 I finished in 2:03 and well, was rather shocked. It was a hard run and mentally, I was thinking more 2:30 timeframe considering my lack of training, but all that working out I was doing must have paid off. It was a cool trip too as I got to meet up with some of my West Coast runner peeps at the We Run Social Las Vegas meet up.
November also included eating clean and using my fitbit surge and myfitnesspal to track my calories in/calories out, as well as getting way out of my comfort zone and running in new locations.
On one trip to Kensington Metro Park I accidentally photobombed another group of runners thinking it was the group I was supposed to meet up with. Actually, I knew one person so that lead to my confusion.
It turns out the group I photobombed are members of a Facebook group where everyone commits to running 100 miles a month (you won’t get kicked out if you don’t) and everyone is very supportive, motivating and encouraging.
I have made a lot of new running friends over the past month as a result of group runs and it has been awesome to get outside my comfort zone a bit and also run some really fun routes.
Group runs with my coach, and fellow GoalMaker runners, lead me to run hills and terrain I never would have ran before as well. I have discovered I hate the treadmill and will avoid it at all costs now, in favor of the beauty of Mother Nature, dirt roads, and hills.
I ended November feeling beyond strong and having 114 miles under my belt and December started off with a bang.
We celebrated our 17 year anniversary AND I got another shiny new 5K PR. This time I only had to deal with bike trails for one mile of the race and finished in 24:57. It felt so good to break the 25 minute mark! It was cold too so I didn’t take a proper race picture as I wanted to get covered up… Running in shorts and a tee shirt in 32F temps is not for the faint of heart but it did the job in keeping me cool and moving.
We celebrated my PR and our anniversary the same evening.
I am excited to be back on track with my running. I also have a completely different focus and mindset going forward in this new chapter since I started back.
The old runner focused on how many races I could run, aka get through, and destinations I could visit and run, the new runner is focused on PRs and seeing where I can take myself fitness wise. But, more on that later!
Stay tuned, I can’t promise the posts will always be pretty with perfect pics but I do promise to post on a more regular basis.