I took a blogging break throughout August and September so that I could focus on planning our late September wedding, our short but sweet honeymoon to Newport, Rhode Island, and trips to two of my cousins’ weddings all packed into a two month period. But that whirlwind of activity wasn’t the only reason I went on hiatus. I’ve had a lot of changes in my life throughout the past year, and while I thought after getting through the last couple of months I’d want to start pouring my energy into growing this blog again, I’m not sure it’s the right space for my life right now.
Before I recap my weekly workouts and updates, I want to give a shout out to Coach Laura, who has been an incredible source of information and support throughout the past month and a half I spent beginning my marathon training plan. If you’ve been reading along this summer, you’ll know that I began having some hip pain in early July that turned into a full-on injury, and as a result, I’ve decided to focus on recovery and will be deferring my entry to the New York City Marathon until next year.
July is usually one of my favorite months. With the Fourth of July at the beginning – barbecues, ice cream, fireworks – and my birthday toward the end – cake, more ice cream, birthday candles – there’s always been a lot to celebrate. When I was younger, I was usually away at camp for most of the month. Later on, in high school and college and law school, I was studying or doing an internship. Now, I’ve spent most of the month doing the same thing I did for the first six months of the year, but like the rest of summer, it still feels a little different. If nothing else, there’s definitely more ice cream to be seen in my July monthly recap than there was in February or March or April. And that’s saying something because we all know how much I love ice cream…
Yesterday was my 25 birthday, and we spent much of the weekend prior celebrating a quarter century of my life. Aside from all the jokes about how I’m really old now, it was a lot of fun and I’m grateful to the friends and family who make every day of life special, not just my birthday.
Since I’m currently contending with a hip flexor injury, my marathon training has scaled back. I only ran twice this week, both for much shorter and easier runs, and I plan to continue resting my hip for the next week or two until I see a sports medicine specialist and get to physical therapy. I’ll keep sharing my more limited weekly workouts and updates on how I’m healing in my Monday posts.
My mileage was supposed to increase this week, after last week’s cutback, but I ended up running a little less than last week instead. My left hip has been sore lately – which surprised me when it first started to ache because up to this point, all my injuries have been on the right side of my body, including a broken ankle ten years ago, tendinitis in my knee, and a pulled hip flexor two summers ago. While having to work with and around an achy hip isn’t my first choice for the second month of marathon training, I still think overall it’s going as well as the first, because I’m focusing more on ways to stretch, strengthen, and stabilize my hip and other joints and that should be beneficial in the long run.
And the second month of marathon training has begun! This was a cutback week, so my overall mileage decreased compared to last week, but I felt good on each and every run despite a few twinges in my hip that I’ve been feeling lately. Getting to the starting line injury free is a top priority, so I’ll consider it a good week overall.
As I mentioned in my June monthly recap, this was the first month of my training plan for the New York City Marathon on November 6. My plan, crafted for me by Laura at This Runner’s Recipes, will last for five months and bring me right up to the starting line. At the end of each month, I’ll write a recap of my training and include the highlights as well as what I want to work on in the following weeks. Hopefully it will be helpful both for me and anyone else looking to do a 5-month marathon training cycle!
Happy Fourth of July to one and all! Today is the first Fourth I’ll spend in Manhattan, meeting up with some friends for ice cream and a stroll in the park and watching the fireworks over the river tonight with Brett. We went to a barbecue at a family friend’s house outside the city yesterday, so it’s the best of both worlds. I’ll recap my weekly workouts and then some scenes from Sunday.