Monday, April 4, 2016

Building a Base

It's time for me to go back to basics! It's so important to build a solid base of running before jumping into a training program. My next race is the Dumbo Double Dare, so I have plenty of time to get moving, get training, and really show up to race those races.

My goal for April is to get 3 runs in per week. I'm going to (gasp) give up the run-walk-run method at the moment and just get out to run. I'm not even (double gasp) going to strap on my Garmin or time my runs. Yes, I'll still listen to podcasts because I love using my time to better myself, but other than that, no technology. Heck, I might even go out and just listen to the world around me!

Whether you're just starting out or are a seasoned runner, building a solid base is an important first step. It allows you to have a starting point for increasing your training, and it's a great time to really focus on attaining perfect form. I suggest you map out a fairly easy distance to get started. For me, I have a flat 3 mile out and back from my house that is perfect for weekday runs. On the weekends, this month, I'm going to work my way up to the 4 mile loop, which includes one long uphill and one long downhill.

So far so good! Yesterday, I went out for 3 miles. I ran a bit, walked a bit. My knee is holding me back at the moment, so I'm going to start taping it more. I know the main culprit is my weight after having the baby. As I key into my nutrition and exercise, the scale will move, and I know that will lessen the impact on my joints.

One day down, many more to go! I'm making myself accountable to all of you! I can't wait to run fast again!!!

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