I’ve been known to overdo it.
After an amazing month of running practically every day; taking an indescribably magical jog on Valentine’s night;
meeting a regular Central Park buddy on Thursdays; calculating dumplings into my route;
and also running for blackberry jam-filled donuts…
…my body decided to crash. And burn.
I’ve been battling a seriously rogue wisdom tooth since last weekend and a fever since Friday night. While I was able to squeeze in a non-running workout every day last week, since the fever struck, I’ve been somewhat less than active. I haven’t been able to move for the past 3 days, and even before my hiatus, I hadn’t run in 3.
So that brings me to today. I don’t feel 100 percent, but I do feel like it’s time to turn this bus around. I need to get back into my routine, if only to finish the upcoming Cherry Blossom 10-miler strong.
Here’s the plan.
I will not push it today. Step 1, for me, is walking to and from the office. That’s 30 minutes each way. That’s 1 hour of very, very, very light cardio. Given my usual 5 miles through Central Park before work, I might as well be sitting on the couch. I do this walk every day, after all. But right now, I still feel weak, and tired, and drained. So this is enough for today. Then, I’ll get one more solid night of sleep – something that I think is paramount to step 2.
Slowly squeeze 3 miles into a run tomorrow. I just want to get my legs moving, my blood pumping, my brain back in it. I’ve really, genuinely missed running for the last week; it’s so routine to my schedule that you might as well have taken away my ability to brush my teeth or put in my contacts. Noah said he’d come along with, so I think that’ll be really great motivation.
Assuming I am 100 percent by Thursday, I’ll be ready to run between 4 and 5 miles. Nothing fancy, or tricky, or speedy. I just want to get my distance back up so that I can better position myself to finish the Cherry Blossom 10 mile run strong. That said, if my body isn’t quite there, I can scale back to 3 miles. And if that’s the case, I’ll run 1.5 miles to the miniature parks on Sutton Place to stretch and do plyometrics, then run 1.5 miles back home. If I can only do 3 miles, I’ll at least have worked my muscles too. And stared into this amazing sunrise.
5 miles. I don’t want to elaborate on this one because I’d really like to be here by Friday. Usually, I don’t care about distance, but after taking nearly a week and a half off from running, it’s important to me to be able to get 5 miles through Central Park under my belt since it’s my all-time favoritest route in the world.
Saturday or Sunday
With the D.C. race only 3 weeks away, 7 miles is a must this weekend. Typically, I’d run for a longer stretch of time, so I actually think I’m playing it safe here. 7 miles is comfortable though; I know the path, I know the sights, I’m excited for the reservoir. If my legs feel strong, perhaps I can toss in an extra half mile or so, but 7 miles is realistic. I’m setting that as a goal to be practical. Whichever day I don’t run 7 miles, I think 3 will do just fine. (Though on a weekend, when I have nowhere to go and nothing to do, that usually turns into at least 5. But I’ll just say 3 for now.)
So that’s my plan to get better and increase my strength. Next week, I’d like to be able to get back into a normal routine: 5 to 6 days, typical Stacy distance. By the following weekend, 9 miles should do the trick if I’m going to run strong during the 10-miler. D.C., here I come!