Today is flying by! And it's already Wednesday! Short work weeks rule.
I started my day with a warm, creamy bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla soy milk mixed in. Hooray for oatmeal season! I missed it.
I topped my oats with pecans, peanuts, cashews, raisins, ground flaxseed meal, and a big scoop of peanut butter.
And, of course, there was iced coffee.
A bunch of you guys noticed that I haven't been running very much lately”” and you're right. I haven't been running very much. You guys don't miss a thing!
Everything was going great with my training for the New York City Marathon. I ran 125 miles in July and successfully completed two 14-mile runs (one in Boston and one in Philadelphia), but then my hip started to hurt, so I took a few days off from running to let it recover. After five days of rest, I tested out my hip with a short 3-mile run. It went okay, but not great. I took it easy for another few days, and then ran 2 miles. That run did not go well, so I took a full week off, and then attempted a 5-mile run last week, which went terribly. Wah. My hip is still pretty sore.
In the past, I've suffered from a number of running-related injuries, so I know that the recovery process is often long (and frustrating), but, of course, since I am training for a marathon, I am worried about keeping up my weekly mileage. Running hurts my hip, so I'm taking some time off from it and incorporating other kinds of exercise into my weekly routine, like biking, elliptical, yoga, and various exercise classes offered at my gym.
I hope after a couple of weeks of switching up my workouts, my running fitness won't wane too much, and I can slowly build up my mileage once again. Even though running is my main form of exercise during marathon training, I know cross-training is key to preventing injuries. Now, let's hope my hip gets better ASAP!
Here's this week's workout schedule:
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Question of the Day
How often do you change up your workouts? What's your primary motivation for changing them up?