Today, I got out for my first run in the last couple weeks. After breaking my rib on July 6th, I have only run a handful of times. I now have about 8 weeks to get ready for the NYC Marathon, so I better get my ass moving!
The run this afternoon started off nice and I was enjoying myself. I did start off a little fast, probably because I was motivated to be back out there. As a nice welcome back to running, I caught my left big toe square on a curb and fell. It was my first fall during a run in a long time. I cannot even remember the last time. I was able to guide my fall onto grass so it wasn't a big deal. However, the toe smashing into the curb that began the whole fall sucked. I have a nice blood blister right in front and the whole thing is sore. I don't think its more than some bruising though.
Now that I am back from vacation and fully motivated, I am ready to really get after my nutrition, running, and cross training. Over my vacation, I read a great, quick book called: Unbreakable Runner, by T.J. Murphy and Brian MacKenzie. It's a great book that goes into a foundation towards debunking the whole theory of needing to log tons of miles to race successfully. It is about combining important running, good nutrition, running mechanics, and Crossfit like workouts to achieve better results and health than 50-100 mile weeks.
I like a lot of the stuff in the book and will definitely take a bunch from it. I am going to start adding a good foam roller routine and more reoccurring body weight work. Form drills as well as a focus on nutrition will be a part of the weekly plan as well.
I am looking at the next few months as a great lead into next spring. I plan to take less time off in the winter than ever before. Also, I am going to make a big effort to control the nutrition long term. In the next week, I plan to review my racing year so far and to play out a strong, structured nutritional plan.