On the Road Again.

Just jumping online to give you all a quick update. My first run back, after 8 whole weeks of no running was on Monday. The run was entirely pain-free. A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders because while I was incredibly excited to get back at it there was some anxiety about it as well. What if I hurt? What if the pain came back just as intense? Would I have the patience to take four more weeks off? Luckily those fears were subsided and I woke up the following day feeling wonderful. That was telling because before I could sometimes run but the following day my entire hip was inflamed; meaning I obviously wasn’t healed yet.

Both runs were short; in the 25-38 minute range and today I will cross train instead of run. The cross training plan Coach Hadley and I had seemed to work because my running “easy” pace is exactly what it was before I took time off. I wore my Garmin for both runs to get an idea but did not glance at it more than once or twice. The most important thing for the next few weeks is to run by feel and not push too hard. Endurance has been lost but with no near marathon plans I have the time to relax and not force anything.

My future plans? If all goes well I will run a Fall marathon. It’s too early for me to commit to anything but I do have a few possible races in my mind. Choosing ONE race is difficult though. I love larger races and it would be nice if it was flat-ish. I’ve run nothing but hilly marathons the last two years and while they are fun, it might be nice to try something different. Anyone want to share what Fall marathon they are planning on?

I want to thank everyone for all the kind words, messages, texts, etc. I appreciate them more than you know. Sending love to all my Boston Marathoners next Monday. A year later I am still grateful that my friends and I were safe that day and heartbroken for those who were not as fortunate. The Boston Marathon has always been a special place but now that experience will be even more incredible so enjoy every mile of it. I’ll be tracking many of you and sending lots of speedy vibes.

What I’ve been up to.

Hey everyone! In case you aren’t on the twitters, I shared the above tweet yesterday. Less than a week before I can run! To say I am excited is an understatement. Of course we will be starting off nice and easy with a few rest days the first week to see how things play out, but I’m bursting at the seams to get some of my run energy out again.

What have I been up to? I’ve been cross training every single day. The majority of the time I have been cycling but a few weeks ago I had the opportunity (Thanks to Jeff Caron- @Jeffcaronrun) to try out the Elliptigo machines. I am sure you’ve seen these around. The look like an outdoor elliptical machine but they are actually much more similar to running than an indoor elliptical is. The difference is fantastic and riding the Elliptigos on the boardwalk with Jeff and two other friends was so much fun. Here is a blog post written by a new friend, Jess Horton, on our experience: The Fit Petite: Elliptigo

I’m fortunate that our local Navy base rents the Elliptigo out so after my morning with Jeff Caron I started to rent a machine to use around my own neighborhood. I feel confident that between the cycling and elliptigo I’ve given myself a bit of a jump start back into running shape as opposed to my last injury two years ago where I was basically starting from scratch.

Using a quote from Jenny Poore- "Can't stop my flow, I'm on the ElliptiGo!"

Using a quote from Jenny Poore- “Can’t stop my flow, I’m on the ElliptiGo!”

Also last week the Mr. and I went on a vacation to South Beach with friends. The Mr. has been gone (Navy life!) for the three months prior so it was our mini celebration of having him back home for a bit. It was also our friends 5 year wedding anniversary. We had tons to celebrate and celebrate we did! We went to the amazing Delano Hotel. Highly recommended.

I swear I say this on every vacation I’ve ever been on but it was the best vacation ever! The pool and beach were gorgeous and the weather was perfect the entire time. I’ve already bought mint and strawberry plants to put in our garden this summer so I can recreate their yummy pitchers of strawberry mojitos ;) Plus we met Andy Cohen from the Real Housewives Series. (my guilty pleasure show) Here are some pictures from our trip. I kick myself because like usual, I hardly took any pictures.

I LOVED our hotel room. Overlooking the beach and all clean and white.

I LOVED our hotel room. Overlooking the beach and all clean and white.

South Beach Sunrise

Sunrise on South Beach

Hotel Room View. Love that water!!

Hotel Room View. Love that water!!

Thanks for checking in with me everyone. I will be sure to update you next week and let you know how my first few runs back go. It’s been a long 8 weeks but I am surprisingly feeling very strong. Both physically and mentally I think this setback will have a positive effect in the long run. Hope you are all having a great Spring and wishing all my Boston Marathon trainees lots of taper relaxation and confidence. Can’t wait to track you all!