Of course I decide my body is ready to get back into long distance shape right as winter is approaching. The dark, cold and wet of Oregon are certainly coming but I'm hopeful I won't let the outside weather deter me from my goals.
|Sight of LA|
Maybe it was the combination of warm weather and sunshine, maybe it was a trip to the ocean to collect my thoughts (being born on the coast the ocean has always been a place of grounding for me) but that trip to LA was where I decided that I need to take my body back and get back to where I was last Christmas. I would rebuild my mileage base to my pre-injury days. I would kick off those extra pounds that joined my physique when I turned 40 earlier this year. It was time to get back to my happy place when my feet, my lungs and my heart were all in unison. I've missed my running cadence and it was time to reintroduce myself to my old habits.
|My beloved Pacific Ocean|
After I returned to cold, dark, rainy Portland I was still committed to my new goals so I laced up for a long run on Sunday. My long run was only 7 miles but for me these days 7 miles is a long run. It was FULL of climbs and descents though, I have to think the effort put into these 7 miles of climbing are equivalent to 9 miles of flat terrain.
|Favorite hill closed - I went anyway|
|It was awesome having the entire road to myself|
For the duration of my Sunday mileage I thought about my new training schedule. For the remainder of this calendar year I am still going to continue my every other day running schedule. Running two days back to back went out the window last March with my injury and every single time I tried to bring it back since, my hip injury represented itself. I haven't ran back to back days since June (if you don't count overnight relays -which I don't - because it's one race). My goal through the rest of this year is to consistently run Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays with a dedicated weight and cross-training schedule added back into the mix. I am best with a set schedule and it's time I went back to it. Once 2015 hits I'm going to start bringing in some back-to-back days hoping I can handle the added stress, but I want my base to be as solid as it can before I attempt this update to my routine.
|These hills were no joke!|