I hope your week got off to a good start! I started planning out my training program for my 8km race coming up in 4 weeks. Like I mentioned in my last post, I didn’t do so well in my last 10km run (The Zoo Run) so I want to really do well on the Toronto Women’s 8km race to kind of “redeem” myself per se. My program for my 8km consists of 2 long runs that are longer than 8km (they’re 10km), 2 long runs that are exactly 8km and 2-3 short runs per week (5-7km). On my rest days I’m going to be doing resistance training and really focus on foam rolling.
I did some foam rolling of my IT band and my quads today for the last half of my workout, and holy man… I have some serious knots in my quads and my IT bands I already knew were tight which is what was causing me hip pain while I’ve been running. It was so painful; there was two points at which I had to take a break because I couldn’t handle the pain of trying to work the knots out of my legs. I can actually still feel where they are. I’m going to do a little bit more foam rolling tonight after dinner, I really want to get everything stretched out so I’m a little bit more pain free. I’m also pretty sure I need to take a hot yoga class. I actually really don’t like hot yoga. I don’t like how muggy it is and I have this fear that I’m going to barf or pass out and be really embarrassed, but I guess if it helps me stretch out everything from the waist down, it’s kind of worth it. The best part of hot yoga for me is when I walk out of the hot room at the end and can breathe in actual quality air (however “quality” Toronto air is…) because it feels basically like I’ve been like born again or something, that’s the ONLY motivation I have to go to hot yoga, and the potential pain reducing benefits.
The race and my results had me thinking about running all day, and my best friend Lauren actually sent me a text asking if I’d ever want to do another one, or if I was going to do another one this year. My initial response was “Hell no, not this year”, but I got to thinking about it and I think I might want to again. I have no idea why, the first one was obviously painful for me and resulted in shin splints and hip/ankle pain, but hey, why not. I googled “coolest half-marathons around the world” because I thought it’d be cool to do a half-marathon in another part of the world, and came across the New York City Half-Marathon (not to be confused with the full marathon which I will probably never do). I think I kind of want to do this! It’s in March, registration isn’t open yet, and it starts in Central Park and makes its way down by Times Square and finishes in Lower Manhattan.
If you’re a loyal reader then you know I went on a trip to Manhattan last year and fell absolutely in love with the city. I loved the energy, the shopping, the food, the buzz, the nightlife, it was an amazing trip and the city is beautiful. What better and cooler way to return to the city for a weekend than to do it and running a half-marathon through the city? The only thing is that it costs a bit more to register than runs here do, I’d have to pay for a flight and save a lot of money to do some shopping (obviously) and dining (obviously) and I’m praying that they confirm the date soon because it’d be very helpful if I could ask my cousin if we could use his condo again, except not as long! If you’re a newer reader then here are some pictures from my last trip to Manhattan!
So that’s definitely something to think about. Really think about. I can feel my IT band pulling right now and all I’m doing is laying in bed typing. I’d need to get new runners and probably some orthotics, some more winter running gear… you know, I’ve found running is kind of an expensive sport lol.
I’m also thinking about running the Scotiabank Toronto 5km run which is in about 3 weeks. I’ve never done a 5km before, and I’m interested in seeing how fast I can do it. Again though, it’s like $60 to register to run for half an hour. Ugh, I’ll probably end up doing it. I’m hoping that my mom, dad and sister can come down that weekend so they’re able to see me run as they never have before! At least in a race setting, so that would be really cool.
Where is the coolest place you’ve done a race before? Or what is the coolest race you’ve ever competed in?
It’s going to take me a while to decide about this half-marathon thing again…. What should I do!? I’d have to start training like, now. Oh my god….
PS - I got a few more entries to my giveaway today thanks to the wonderful Tosca Reno and the Eat Clean Diet Team retweeting about my giveaway (a big thank you to both!). If you missed it, you can check it out here. Two magazine subscriptions and three books - it's a bit insane!! You can enter here!