Right now I am in what I am considering my first stage of base building. Except this first stage is a lot less “building” and a lot more “rebuilding.” I am taking things slow while I become accustomed to my new school schedule. Right now I am aiming for 3-4 runs per week and 2 yoga classes per week. I treating this as an eight week “training” block, after which I will reevaluate and set goals for another block.
My major cutback in December has made running feel very rusty. I’m easily winded and even my motivation has been lacking. But I have been diligently lacing up (and bundling up…brr! I hate winter) and getting it done. Most runs are short, just 3 miles, but I have also managed a few slightly longer runs of 5 and 7 miles. Almost all runs have been run/walk intervals, but I been increasing the running and decreasing the walking with each run. I have even had one or two runs where running feels nice and shiny and I just cruise through the miles.
Yoga continues to be really lovely. Well. Mostly. My very cheap yoga mat that I bought years ago basically turns into a Slip ‘n Slide during hot yoga. Not fun at all. Last night I bought a new mat, which was recommended by someone at the studio. Fingers crossed that this one proves more grippy.