Here we go… about to embark on a new training journey. I’ve been so determined to not make the same the mistakes that led to my last injury (which was also in a Boston Marathon build up a few months post-partum), so I’ve been working on getting all the pieces in place.
Training has consisted of (mostly) easy running (about 20 miles/week) since my last update. I’ve gone to yoga classes and done some yoga and core workouts at home. I’ve also been going to the chiropractor for adjustments, which started with weekly adjustments while I was pregnant and gradually tapered down to about once/month.
More recently (in the past few weeks) I’ve started adding in some short speed work (in the form of fartleks and strides) on the treadmill. Finally this past week I hit 30 miles (sort of sad that is considered a milestone but it is).
My plan is to build up to 40 miles by the end of this month, and then I’ll begin formal training for Boston with a 16 week build up. And yes, I have hired a coach. I know it might seem weird because I am a coach with my own online coaching business, but I’ll be working with another online coach for my Boston training. There are huge benefits to having a coach and I know that I need someone to keep me accountable with how unpredictable my schedule can be. I’ve already started doing some PT exercises that he sent, mostly for hip/glute and core strength as well as stability and balance.
And… I have joined a local running team, Willow Street Athletic Club. There are some fast women on the team, and it’s going to be a great year for us- I can feel it. I have enjoyed the community of women runners I’ve met through Oiselle (and I’ll continue to be an ambassador with Oiselle), but I feel like I’ve been missing that team aspect for awhile so the opportunity comes at a good time.
I’ll have another quick blog update again soon with more details about how I’ve been fixing my post-baby hip/glute imbalances. That’s all for now!