Happy Friday! It has been a busy week (a busy month really!) and I finally had some time to sit down and write a post. Last night a group of us celebrated my friend’s birthday and we started talking about how excited we were for a big blizzard to hit Boston…in retrospect, I wouldn’t go that far, but I think we are all ready for a change of seasons to the beautiful fall!
Here are some updates on my life over the past couple of weeks:
-Most excitingly and relevant to running: last weekend I took the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) coaching certification course. The two 8-hour day course was held outside of Minneapolis, MN (the New England courses for the year were filled within minutes!), and was worth every penny. Even if I never coach, I learned a great deal to inform my own training. Official coaching certification happens after I pass a 100 question exam and become CPR and First Aid certified, so hopefully I can call myself “Coach Jane” soon!
I was very impressed with the scientifically-based running agenda and loved our instructor, Cari Setzler. Cari is a competitive runner herself, an RRCA certified coach, a writer for Women’s Running Magazine, and on top of that- a Veterinarian. She kept the class entertained with her funny and engaging style. Fellow classmates had a variety of running interests- some were specializing in 5k distances and enjoyed working with young runners while others were passionate about the ultra-distance and wanted to increase their knowledge of the sport. It was so interesting hearing their stories, and we all enjoyed talking about running non-stop. I hope to keep in touch with some of these fellow runners! Stay tuned for another post with more details on my experience and the course itself. For now, I have to get back to working on the exam!
On a run in Minnesota:
-Back in Boston, the Red Sox played a great game against the Yankees on Tuesday night (5-3 Sox). It was fun to be back at our beloved Fenway Park for the evening and to participate in the heated rivalry between the Sox-Yankees. It will never get old! The Sox are a nudge above the Yankees now in terms of the league standings, and third overall. I typically start tuning in to the games as it gets closer to the playoffs, but it was special to see a big win at Fenway this week!
-Training for Wineglass marathon this fall is at a B level at the moment. I just feel depleted with the heat! I am running my long run this morning (planning on 20- we will see what happens!) before heading out of town with my friends. I had a few good runs this week, including a speed work session on the treadmill:
Along my favorite running route :)
My week was complete after being caught in the rain during a run on Wednesday. For a brief moment it felt like fall out there along the Charles, and I had a spark of excitement. In general, I have felt sore these days and I think it’s because I’ve been adding more speed work sessions in to the mix. To help my body readapt to these workouts, I am adding in extra foam rolling, using the stick, and also going to yoga about once a week to help with the tightness. Yoga has been a tremendous mental cleanse as well. I haven’t been afraid to add an extra rest day or two into the mix as well. I’ve had to remind myself to be diligent in the little things during this time in training. That means that I will be refueling and hydrating all afternoon and into the weekend after today’s sweaty long run!
-Speaking of the weekend, I am heading up north to Vermont with three close girlfriends this afternoon! Since our birthdays are generally in the summer, we decided to celebrate them together at a new location each year. This time, we opted for a drivable location away from the cities but with plenty of summer activities and beverages in store. Stay tuned for more!
A previous girls’ weekend:
Have a wonderful weekend!
Anyone gearing up for a race or long run this weekend?
Who else loves running in the rain?
Anyone else have a summer birthday? It’s a fun time of year to celebrate!!