It’s been a return to the old the past two weeks. While in quarantine the past two and a half months, I have been running 6 days a week, which is an extra day a week. This was for a couple reasons: (1) I needed the mental release of running that extra day; and (2) I used to take an active rest day of aqua jogging which is very close to running without the impact, but with the gyms closed, I couldn’t do that. Since I didn’t want to lose my running fitness, I decided to, well, run. Well that six day a week run thing came to an end in June, plus another little change. Read on for the details.
On June 1st I went back to only running five days a week. I just got tired of my legs feeling like trash. I’m old, y’all! And at some point, the junk miles don’t help me build endurance but instead break my legs down. Also, while my weekly miles were in the 30 plus range, Trainer has said forever that I should only be running 25-30 miles per week. Oh what does he know. Well, I happened upon my old training journal of the year when I set some solid PRs, and…you know where this is going…I only ran 5 days a week. I want to be fast again! I want to PR again! So running only five days a week is ba.
The other two things I added back were trail running and running with peeps — socially distanced of course. Running in the Santa Monica Mountains is a treat this time of year, so I’ve been getting up there at least a couple times a week just to clear my head. The social unrest in addition to COVID-19 has been a lot. As someone who has been active in social justice work for several years, I know this kind of work is not a sprint. In whatever way you’ve chosen to effect change – whether it’s protesting, policy work, educating yourself, donating to causes, signing petitions, having those tough one-on-one conversations with people in your circle, etc. – it can wear on you. So I take self-care seriously ‘cuz I’m in it for the long haul. So in the mornings I’m up in the mountains, so that I can (attempt to) analyze city budgets in the afternoon in an effort towards reallocating funds from the police. I also through in a protest. Rest…then rise.
Now also seems like a good time to mention the whiteness of running. Distance running has been a traditionally white sport and prohibitive for people of color due to safety, access (to green space), and cost. Thus, the face of distance running has been predominantly white…but maybe that is changing. A few weeks ago an IG running page featured me when I posted about Ahmaud Aubrey; in fact, they dedicated the entire day to posting photos with the #IRunWithMaud hashtag. I mentioned this in my story, and the account owner replied to me and said that she not only felt like it was the right thing to do but that going forward she wanted her page to look like that every day; that she would seek out more women of color to join the running community. My post from this weekend about self care in these times also got featured, so I hopped onto their page, and you guys, look at the grid of 9 photos (swipe)…❤️ Wow. I’ve never seen so many black and brown women on a running page — black and brown girls run! Everyone can play a part in dismantling racism. Anyway, check them out and support their efforts to make the running community more inclusive. @inspiringwomenrunners
Another part of self-care is seeing people I adore, and I’ve run a couple of my trail runs with my running buddies. Yay.
June 1 to June 7, 2020
Total Weekly Mileage: 27
Long Run: 8 miles
June 8 to June 15, 2020
Total Weekly Mileage: 28
Long Run: 6 miles