I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m writing for a local website called Girls on the Grid. Although I do write about running from time to time, it’s not the only thing I write. This week I wrote some tips for running in the dark– you can find my article here: http://www.girlsonthegrid.com/?p=108 and check out my super cool tips and even read my mom’s comment on it.
Speaking of the dark, I am so ready for spring. I am so tired of running in the dark, being cold and the icky fog. I know I don’t have real winter compared to a lot of you, but I like it warm. 90 degrees is my very favorite temp. Not for running, but in life. Plus, the daffodils I planted in my front yard are starting to bloom which is making me even itchier for spring. Get here!
Transitioning back to running everyday is going well. I still feel better and stronger every morning and did TWO speed sessions this week! Coach had me do 2 miles warm up, 3 at tempo pace, 2 cool down and I was pleasantly surprised by my pace during the tempo session (7:42 average). I’m a little sore today but not in a, “this is worrisome” kind of way, just in a “hey, we’ve been working out!” kind of way. And, I’m even going to try an 11-miler tomorrow. WHOA!
I’m also back on the bandwagon for core strength. Some of you have asked what I do to keep the core strong so I’m putting my routine below:
3x 70 seconds forearm plank with 20 seconds rest between planks
3×12 slow bicycle crunches (slow is more effective)
3×10 donkey kicks (check out the Chic Runner for photos and description of how to do this)
3×30 secs side planks with 10 secs of rest between. I hate these but they work.
I do this 2-3 times per week and it really works. It only takes about 10 minutes and really helps the core hold everything in place. And as you know, a strong core is key to running faster and saying injury free.
Alright, this is going nowhere fast so… have a great Friday!