Finally Training Again

Finally a week that I don’t have 1000 issues.  I have hadn’t the smoothest transaction coming back into running.  In case you need a brief recap on my post marathon training:

I deliberately took 2 weeks off running because wanted my body to heal. Week three I had a strange bruise that I was positive was a stress fracture…but it wasn’t and magically went away. Week four I pulled a muscle around my knee from running in the cold.  The 23 degrees combined with tight muscles and trails caused my muscles to go into directions they shouldn’t have.

So here we are at week five and I’m finally starting to get back into running. I am happy that I’m able to run and up my mileage again.  By week four I had started to miss running (the previous three weeks I had no interest to run at all).  It really isn’t a big deal (in my opinion) to take off four weeks versus two.  It was probably better for my body.

Monday: 6 miles untimed
1 hour elliptical
Tuesday: 6 miles untimed+core
Wednesday: 7.8 miles with Oiselle teammate, Jen+core
Thursday Off
Friday: 7 miles untimed
Saturday: Surf and Santa 10 miler (1:10.46) no warm/cooldown
Sunday: Elliptical

Here is the 6 mile lake loop that starts from my house.


I have wanted to do the Surf and Santa ten miler for the past 2 years but it has never worked.  I nearly thought it wouldn’t work out again this year since I hadn’t been running but I made the executive decision to do it anyways.  I fully admit it probably wasn’t the most intelligent idea but I didn’t plan to all out race it and just go with it.  Was I expecting a PR?  No, not really.  Sadly I knew even one of the hardest races I’ve done (hello Mountain Goat 10 miler) would produce a faster time.  I had a lot of fun seeing friends though.

Everything else went smoothly and it honestly just feels great to be in the running and race scene.  I’m excited to work towards the Lake Effect Half Marathon and possibly race a half marathon in later spring for a PR.

So in short I want to begin building my milage up and find local races in NJ/Philly.  I don’t expect to PR for a while but I do hope I’ll be able to continue to meet more people in the area.

Questions for you:

What are your favorite core exercises?  (Do you use an APP?)

What is a bucket list race you’ve always wanted to do?

Some in VA Beach are: Surf and Santa, VA is for Lovers 14k, Crawlin Crab and Dismal Swamp Stop…

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  1. Right now I’m doing kettle bells for core with great results plus yoga. My bucket list runs will be to run races in Ireland an England. Happy miles to you.

  2. Bucket List race is def. the ROME Marathon!!!! I really want to do that race one day and enjoy Rome after and eat all the gelato!!:)

  3. I am so bad at working my core; I do yoga once a week and bootcamp a few times a week, which usually includes some ab exercises. I need to remind myself to do planks independently though!
    My main bucket list race is any race in Europe… and I just registered for one!

      1. The Cork City Marathon in Ireland on June 2, which will be my first marathon. I might be a little more than terrified! I get crazy butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it…

  4. Gotta love those mysterious bruises and aches that come out of nowhere and disappear in the same way. Glad to hear that there was nothing majorly wrong with your foot 🙂 As for core work, I’d probably have to go with snowboarding for the best overall workout for that, but I also love using the stability ball. Jacknifes hurt so good.

  5. It’s probably better to take more time off than not enough; you’ve given your body the chance to rest and recover, and the downtime will make a difference (both mentally and physically) when you start up again. And I wouldn’t discount PRs so soon–you may surprise yourself. 🙂 Oh, and for #corewhoring, I’m all about planks. 😉

  6. Glad you are back at it as well!

    I want to run the Dublin Marathon. I WILL run it within the next couple of years.

    (The Crawlin’ Crab HM has the cutest medal ever, Mar ran it this year, I’m so jealous of it).

  7. I actually like the Fitblender 10 min ab and oblique routine. It seems easy while you’re doing it, but I feel like it targets the transverse abdominus which I guess is better for runners. Not that I really know what I’m talking about but it makes me feel like I’m doing something smart!

  8. it is nice to see such a balance, I know you are good at doing what is best for your body. too bad we are not in the same cities because boy will I need a treadmill buddy tomorrow am

  9. I’m glad you’re getting back into training again, Hollie. That’s awesome to hear. And dream races…. I would love to run the Outer Banks marathon. Nice and flat!

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