READY TO RING IN THE SPRING WEATHER!
With a few glimpses of warmth here in western Pennsylvania, it is safe to say that it will be here before we know it – although Punxsy Phil has given us another 6-weeks of winter! Training has been going very well since fully recovering from my fractured tibia in early 2017 – amazing to think it took almost a year to heal! Ecstatic to report I have officially signed up for my first race since Chimera 100 (11/2016) in the Laurel Highlands 70.5 ultra-marathon this upcoming June 9, 2018 just south of Pittsburgh. A Western States qualifier, I had the distinct privilege of volunteering at the finish line last year to cheer on the competitors. A truly beautiful trail with the best Race Director and volunteers around!
My training has continued to be ‘lower’ mileage, but with a lot more intensity. I do not want to crack into the highest training weeks until maybe late-April/early-May so I can allow my body to completely adjust back into distance running. I have been doing 3 weekly runs between 6-8 miles, and a 15-20-miler over the weekend. I have also set a focus on some solid strength training, as I want to focus on core/leg strength with a focus on stretching. I have always struggled at times with IT band issues, so I have to keep the PT up, along with proper strengthening exercises.
As the race approaches, I have found with the Chimera 100, that 2-3 weeks of multi-day 15-20-mile pushes give greater strength than a really long weekend (40-50+mile runs) runs. I am excited to test this theory once again here in a few months, so stay tuned into my Instagram , FB feeds and Blog for updates!!
Oh, and baby #2 is coming here any day, so that might tie me up 😉 #teamwork
NEVER GIVE UP ON WHAT YOU TRULY DESIRE!!
MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT!!
Endurance Athletics: Challenges
As we all move forward in our lives, let us pray for the opportunities to grow in strength and love. Not only for mental and physical strength to get through the day and whatever challenges we are up against, but also never forgetting to love the incredible journey we are all traveling, and being thankful for the OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE!
“Darren exudes a passion for life and enthusiasm for challenge that is undeniably inspiring. We were extremely fortunate to have him visit Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and share his strategies for overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds. We are often told in our medical training that the road to becoming a physician is a series of marathons and it can appear daunting at times. The tools Darren shared for finding passion in the face of such challenge will not only serve our residents during their training, but continue to benefit them throughout their medical practice.”
– Rocco Addante, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center