Not to steal from Cely’s blog, but I literally had to go run off the reeses today. I’ve told you guys about my obsession with Easter candy (specifically Robin’s Eggs Whoopers), but I haven’t mentioned that I start to hoard it once it’s first stocked in the stores.
Reeses eggs, jelly beans, robin’s eggs, and gum drops galore. This past month I’ve been going through bags of candy like it’s my job. That’s why I’m kind of happy that Easter is over. No more Easter candy! And there’s not much in the foreseeable future in terms of holiday eats…
Ok, well I take that back 😉
My biggest fear of taking time off running to let the swelling in my knee go down has been that I would gain a few pounds. Because, let’s just be honest here: I can’t control my eating. Most people just say, “just reduce your calorie intake while you’re recouping and you’ll be fine!” Easy for them to say!!!! I can’t give up my favorite foods and nighttime binging for anything.
So it’s nice that I’m getting back on track with the running. As I mentioned last week, my 7 mile run was certainly not the 16 miler I would’ve run had I not had a rare reaction to an Orthovisc lubricant injection. BUT, I’m bouncing back and have actually put together a “return to running” training program that will get me to running the Alexandria Half Marathon on May 27th with my twin sister!!! This training program was something I initially put together for my sis to follow to help her get back into running (she’s run multiple marathons and was actually the one that got me into running in the first place, but she took some time off and is now returning to it). I just modified it a bit so that I could fit it into my endurance level.
So instead of running a long run of 16/17 this week, I ran 10 on the treadmill. Why 10? Well, I knew the jump up from 7 to 10 would be ok for me, especially because I’m not recovering from a true “injury”, and that I had only taken 3 weeks off from running so my past endurance has held up a bit. I’ve wanted to do some of my first long runs on the treadmill to ease back into things but I’m hoping to do my mid-week run outside this week. Also, look at how empty the gym was!!
Another reason I wanted to run 10 was that I like to follow a simple formula. I want the total miles of my weekday runs to equal my long run. Most training programs follow that rule in some way and I find it easy to incorporate into my “return to running” plans when I’ve needed to take some time off. The next two weeks of the return to running plan I created, which will hopefully help me get back to 30-35 weekly miles and a long run of around 16 miles by the end of May, looks like this
Slowly yet surely!
Tons of questions for you today:
How far did you run this past weekend? If you’re not a runner, were you able to get out and be active?
Do you have a favorite treadmill or exercise machine? If someone is on it do you wait until they get off or use another machine?
–I will wait 25 minutes max if someone else is on my TM (because even though the treadmill is at the gym, it’s mine) . If I walk in and see that someone is on it I automatically get annoyed. I’m protective of it. We’ve logged some really good miles together! 🙂
What is your favorite candy?