Yesterday, I completed my first in-person race since 2019. I realize that there have been races here and there since then, but I didn’t feel comfortable racing in-person until I was fully vaccinated. I was also freaking sick of virtual racing (does anyone else feel this way?).
So, I chose the Run Y-town 5-miler as my welcome back to racing in-person. This event is always organized, and the weather is almost always wonderful. Even with the course changes due to a sinkhole on the original course, it was a really fun day.
Here’s the best part: I didn’t run. I ran about two tenths of a mile total throughout the five mile course. And you know what?
I’ve been running for a decent amount of time now: almost six years! Through those six years, I have suffered multiple injuries, ran a 5k at 39 weeks pregnant, finished a marathon, and cried a lot of happy and sad tears.
Oh! And I became an RRCA Certified Running Coach. So, I’d like to think I know a thing or two about running. Ten things. I know at least ten things about running. And you know what? It’s time to permanently bust those ten running myths.
When I found out I was suffering from a stress fracture on the top of my left foot AND something with my ligament in my left ankle, my heart sunk. I was told that I was not permitted to do any weight-bearing exercise, and that left me with riding a bike (in the freezing cold) and sitting in a chair to do strength work.
If you know me, you know I do not like cycling. It has never been my thing. I enjoy spinning, but I don’t go right now because #pandemic. I don’t want to spend the money on a Pelaton as much as I’d love one. And…sitting in a chair to “exercise” would make me cry.
So, I stopped. I did nothing for four weeks. Nothing! No walking, no strength training, no cycling — I did nothing.
And you know what? It was the best decision I could have made. Here’s what I learned during my workout hiatus.
The short answer: Yes…
I’ve been giving my athletes five tips to follow as they embark on outdoor running during this challenging time. Here are my top five tips!
According to a recent article published by Runners World, The New York City Marathon blows through 2.3 million cups during race day. Read that again: 2.3 MILLION cups — on race day alone!
Don’t worry — race organizers don’t plan to eliminate water on courses or anything crazy like that. Now more than ever, though, race organizers are finding ways to reduce the waste and carbon produced during road racing events. We see more and more races using sustainable options: Runners World confirmed that the London Marathon, for example, plans to replace water bottles and cups with biodegradable seaweed pods that can be eaten or tossed — an initiative that begins in the 2020 race.
P3R is well ahead of the game, too, with its brand new sustainable race: the Heineken 0.0 5k.