Cherry Blossom Training – Week 1

3blackcatco_cucb_week1Week 1 of Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run training is in the books! I can’t say that this week was how I would have liked to start my training. I’m still nursing a sore foot from the Dopey Challenge & Disney vacation and it really affected my runs this week. I did manage to reach two of my goals (attending a yoga class and a strength training class), but I did not make it to the track workout, opting to rest instead. Speaking of which, one of my tips for new runners this week was “Learn to rest, not quit” in my very first race ambassador post on the Credit Union Cherry Blossom blog!

If you weren’t picked in the lottery but are still interested in running on April 2, consider signing up as a Charity Race Entry Participant and raise $500 dollars for the official race charity, Credit Unions for Kids, by February 15. The dollars raised for Credit Unions for Kids go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a network of 170 non-profit children’s hospitals located across North America.

I am looking forward to the Medstar Sports Educational Seminar next week on “Common Running Injuries and Options for Training Through Them.” I mean, doesn’t that sound like it was made just for me?! If that sounds like you as well, consider joining me on Tuesday, February 7 – but be sure to RSVP since this is an interactive session and they want to make sure they have enough room!

Monday 1/23:  AM: 0.31 treadmill miles (5:47.7)18:51 min/mi

Uh oh. I got on the treadmill this morning and only made it about five minutes before I decided to not push it with my foot. After running three times last week and slacking on the icing and elevating, my foot was none too happy.

PM: Yoga Basics (60 Minutes)


I did still make it to yoga Monday evening and LOVED this class. So much more my speed than the class I attended last week. The only drawback was the popularity of the class, it was packed! Which was a little distracting at some points of the practice.

Tuesday 1/24: Warm up on the Elliptical (16:11) and foam rolling

Since taking the foam rolling workshop last Saturday, I’ve made it my goal to spend some extra time foam rolling. I’ve noticed I have a few fewer aches the more that I foam roll, so I hope to continue this trend.

Wednesday 1/25:  F.I.T. (Functional Integrated Training) class (60 minutes)


This class kicked my butt in such a good way. You know those classes where you’re already exhausted and you look at the clock and it’s only been 15 minutes and you still have 45 to go? That was this class. I can’t wait to do it again next week!

Thursday 1/26: Rest

I was supposed to go to the PR Training Program track work out this evening. However, based on how my foot was feeling, I decided to rest and ice it for the evening with hopes that this weekend’s run would be better.

Friday 1/27:  Foam Rollingwp-1485789651059.jpg

Woke up late and didn’t have a huge amount of time at the gym – so as I’ve been doing, I decided to do some foam rolling and stretching.

Saturday 1/28: Elliptical (35:58) and foam rolling & stretching

Sunday 1/29:  3.00 mi (43:49)14:36 min/mi

Total mileage for the week: 3.31 miles
Not a great start to my training; but thankfully it is just the beginning! I have a better feeling about next week’s training. Again this week, I have three goals for next week’s training:

  • 1 track workout (and actually make it this week!)
  • Continue with 1 yoga class and 1 strength training class
  • Foam rolling and stretch for 30 minutes DAILY!

What are your goals this week?


Did you know that the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Social Media team is raising money for Credit Unions for Kids, supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals? I have a personal goal to raise $250 towards our team goal of $2,500 – will you help me?

Linking up this week with the Weekly Wrap, hosted by Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin!




2 thoughts on “Cherry Blossom Training – Week 1

  1. HoHo Runs says:

    Unfortunately I’ve dealt with a few foot issues over the years, and right now as a matter of fact. I’m curious, where is your pain? Good luck as you train for Cherry Blossom. It would be incredible to run that race and see all those beautiful cherry trees. The last time we were in DC, they should have been in bloom. But, they bloomed much later that year. Thanks for linking, Heather!

  2. Holly says:

    I feel similar in that my training really hasn’t gone as well as I thought it would so far. But hopefully the next few weeks will pick up and we can get back on track to run a strong Cherry Blossom!! Keep it up!! 🙂

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