L and I picked up the registration info and bib today and did an easy 3 miler, so I’m feeling ready for the Turkey Trot Thursday morning. I’m trying to determine realistic goals for this race. As my first 5k, I would love to see what I can do, but I also realize that pushing myself to the limit when I’m supposed to ease myself back into running is not wise. So I think I will aim for 8ish minute miles. Hopefully writing it here will help to hold me to that!
As I sort through the best ‘back-to-running’ plan, I stumbled upon an old book I picked up years ago at a used book sale, called “Running Pain Free”. Though it may be ancient, there is a lot of wisdom in this book. Whether you’re a newbie or an accomplished competitor, the author recognizes the drive of runners to push through discomfort, and the desire to make up for lost time when coming back from an injury, which is of course the worst thing one can do. (Guilty!) It’s not necessarily new information, but I’m trying to take it to heart and recognize that my body needs to re-adapt to each increase in mileage, even though I’m at a lower level than I used to be. For now, I’ll continue to supplement my running with spinning and weights and slowly transfer some of those sessions back to running.
In any case, it will be fun to join thousands of runners on Thanksgiving morning and I’m excited to have my husband and L cheering on the sidelines!