All the Way to 10K: UAE Healthy Kidney Race Reflection

20180429_102058Yesterday was my third and final race for April, and my first 10K! Despite my initial intentions when I signed up for this last year, I was not able to train for this race at all. My joint health has been sub par, so I’ve been resting from any high-impact training. My time at the gym has been spent doing yoga, planks, bridges, and bringing up my heart rate on the elliptical. So yeah, I was feeling pretty nervous facing a 10K race.

Fortunately, the stars aligned and I had a really enjoyable race. I was able to manage the discomfort in my hip relatively well, and also maintained a consistent (albeit slow) pace. Despite my less than ideal physical health, everything else was top notch–the weather, clothing, my energy levels, etc. To help me best prepare for future races, I’m adding in some notes of what I did/ate leading up to it. If it worked for me today and I had a good race, hopefully the same will apply for future races, too.

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Worthwhile Winter Running Gear Purchases for 2018

If a 10K is canceled because of a bomb cyclone, but you’re still given credit to the 9+1 program… does it count?

NYRR canceled the Joe Kleinerman 10K race for tomorrow. It is a bit of a relief, not just because I would have been running in temperatures that could result in hypothermia after 10 minutes, but because my running plan in December totally. fell. apart. I’ve been experiencing pain in my hip since my last race, and while it is getting better, it is healing at a much slower rate than I anticipated. (Already in touch with my physical therapist for a check-up.) Given that I didn’t want to risk exacerbating the potential injury, I haven’t been for a run in over a month. Eep.

My next race is in about two months time, so I hope between continuing to rest up and getting some PT, I’ll be back on the treadmill and yoga mat soon, and ready to go for the 5K in March.

Gearing Up for Winter Running

Before the announcement that the JoeK 10K was canceled, I was scrambling to find some proper running gear for frigid temps. I warm up pretty quickly, so I only own two pairs of running pants, neither of which provide much insulation. I ended up purchasing these items and hope to use on a (slightly warmer than today) winter run soon.

These items are worth the investment and will keep you warm and comfortable for running in cold weather.

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Race Recap: Race to Deliver 4M

I completed my last race of 2017 today at the Race to Deliver 4M in Central Park. It was another well-organized event from New York Road Runners, with over 5,600 runners. Unfortunately the kid races and open runs were canceled for the day, but despite the early morning rain and blustery winds, I am glad the race stayed on.

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