Starting from Scratch

by - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hi friends. So June has been a pretty busy month for me with work and school and softball, and if you've been reading for a while, you know I had definitely struggled to find time for running last semester with school being so brutal.

But now that summer semester has wrapped up and I have a few weeks of blissful freedom before the fall semester starts, I'd like to get back into some sort of a regular running rhythm.

So much for keeping my new shoes clean. Stupid rain.

If nothing else, I'd like to be not stupidly out of shape for the five mile race I run in Rehoboth every year on my family vacation.

So, I'm basically starting from scratch with some running baby steps.

The goal is to re-introduce running three days per week over the next couple weeks with a healthy mix of softball and yoga thrown in as well.

Anxiety always runs a bit higher at the start of a new semester. Really looking forward to #yoga class tonight. #mbalife #yogalove

I'm planning to keep the runs slow and steady. Garmin isn't coming along on these workouts since I'm not overly concerned about my speed right now. I'd just like to get some of my endurance back.

After an overly aggressive interval workout last week that left me sore for longer than I care to admit, I've also realized I probably need to ease back into intensity and distance. So I'll be keeping the runs fairly short in the beginning -- probably right around 3 miles.


Over the next couple weeks, I'd like to slowly bump the distance up until five miles feels comfortable again. Once I hit that distance, I'll reassess any speed and distance goals.

I've been in a good running groove this week, but let me tell you, trying to re-build running endurance smack in the middle of summer is not the most fun thing ever.

The DC heat and humidity are brutal even when you're in good shape. When you're trying to re-find your groove, it's doubly miserable.

So the runs have been slow, the distances have been short and I'm trying to be OK with that. It's weird to feel like I'm back the very beginning with my running, when I've run marathons and half marathons in the past. But hey, this is where I am right now, and I'm just going to be OK with this and work on getting that endurance back.

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  1. Fred and Tina7:43 PM

    First, you deserve a "congrats" for making it thus far in your MBA program! Glad you presently have some downtime from school. Sounds like you're on your way to achieving a high level of endurance with a smart and measured approach. Good luck in running the five miler in Rehoboth! :)