On The Road Again For National Running Day!

On The Road Again For National Running Day

On the road at the White House! (©RunKarlaRun.com)

Happy National Running Day! How are you planning to celebrate?

Check out runningday.org, runnersworld.com, and nyrr.org in NYC for lots of ways to get in on the action.

I’m happy to report that I’m on the road again! I’m back to running after my time-out from a bone bruise/stress fracture. Yay!

On The Road Again For National Running Day

Trail Running with Cinderella (©RunKarlaRun.com)

It’s been four very easy, very tentative weeks back on the road for me. My doctor told me to start with short runs, every other day, and to slowly work my way back up in mileage. And that’s exactly what I’ve done.

After four weeks, I finally feel like I’m starting to get back into the swing of it and edging my pace and mileage up. And so far, my foot feels fine. Fingers crossed it stays that way!

Sadly, I decided not to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon this past weekend. It would have been way too much mileage too soon. I was incredibly bummed about it. I was really looking forward to the race. But I know I made the smart, and the right, decision.

Instead, I signed up for the New Amsterdam City Swim, a charity swim to fight ALS, on June 21 to capitalize on the swimming I’d been doing while I couldn’t run. I’ll be jumping in for 1-mile in the Hudson River. Eeks! But I’ve fallen off the wagon with strength training as I’ve been running and swimming more. I want to figure out how I can make time for all three.

So here’s how my last four weeks of easing into running have looked.

On The Road Again For National Running Day

Running the National Mall! (©RunKarlaRun.com)


Treadmill: 2.25 miles super easy. This was my first run after taking time off. I’ve never been so conscious of each step in my life!

Swim: 1400 yards.

Treadmill: 2.25 miles super easy

On The Road Again For National Running Day

DC Run

Outdoors: 3.5 miles in Washington, D.C. I was visiting DC for a friend’s wedding and took the opportunity to do my first outdoor run past the White House and on the National Mall. I couldn’t ask for a better first outdoor run than that! I took this one really slowly and stopped for some photo opps.

Week 1 Total: 8 miles + 1 swim

On The Road Again For National Running Day

Airbnb Brooklyn Half! (©RunKarlaRun.com)


Outdoors: 3 miles. Another gorgeous Washington, D.C. run.

Swim: 1800 yards, a little over a mile. My Hudson swim will be just shy of a mile.

Treadmill: 3.3 miles. For the first time, I started edging back up to into my usual training pace. Still easy, but not super easy.

Race Announcing: I announced at the Airbnb Brooklyn Half and had so much fun! Cheering on more than 26,000 runners as they started the race got me really excited to race again myself!

Treadmill: 4.3 miles. Longest run yet!

Week 2 Total: 10.6 miles + 1 swim

On The Road Again For National Running Day

FusionFest (©RunKarlaRun)


Strength: 45 minute Core Fusion class at Women’s Health & Exhale Spa’s FusionFest. This actually felt easy. When I started my new strength training routine a few months ago I know this class would have kicked my butt. So it felt great to see that work pay off!

Treadmill: 4 miles. Back to my normal training pace, but felt a bit sluggish.

Zumba: 60 minute Zumba dance fitness class. This was my first time doing Zumba. It was really fun and my legs definitely felt it the next day. So I opted to do one fewer run and let my foot have a rest.

Outdoor: 3.5 miles. This was a nice, easy trail run with Phil and Cinderella. It was very humid, which really gets to Cinderella. So we took lots of walk breaks for her.

Week 3 Total: 7.5 miles + 1 strength + 1 dance session

On The Road Again For National Running Day

Running is my obsession. Oakley wants you to #LiveYours (©RunKarlaRun.com)


Outdoor: 6.6 miles. This was my first attempt at a “long” run. I was very nervous about it, and eased into it. It was hot and humid, and I had a headwind on the second half (which also means I had a nice tailwind on the first half), but wow! It felt so good to be back outdoors, working hard, and running for longer than 30 or 40 minutes. I didn’t care that it was hot or that I was fighting the wind. I was so happy!

I meant to run the entire thing easy, but I got carried away. My first two miles were really easy, the next three were at a more normal training pace, and the last mile was at my half-marathon race pace. I was just so excited and it felt so good to be working hard after a few weeks of nothing but easy runs.

On The Road Again For National Running Day

Team Oakley at Mile High Run Club (Photo: Oakely)

Treadmill: 3 mile interval workout at Mile High Run Club with Oakley. I’m announcing at the Oakley New York Mini 10K in Central Park on June 13, so they invited me to one of their team workouts. I got to run fast for the first time. We did a 4-3-2-1 ladder at 10k, 5k, mile, and all-out pace. Wheee!! What fun. And, still, my foot felt fine!

Treadmill: 3.5 miles nice and easy. After two harder workouts, it was time for a rest.

Week 4 Total: 13.1 miles

On The Road Again For National Running Day

Running with Relly (©RunKarlaRun.com)

Going Forward

Now that I’ve worked my way from 8 to 13 miles per week over the course of three weekly runs, I’d like to get back to running four days a week and keep edging my mileage up. I also want to keep swimming once a week and get back to strength training twice a week. I haven’t been to the pool in two weeks. I find that if I don’t make a point of it, it’s hard to get there during lap swim hours, whereas I can lace up my shoes and go for a run any time of day. It’s something I just have to put on my calendar and stick to.

I came down with a cold this week (boo), but aside from that I’m feeling really motivated to keep building and keep working.

The next race on my calendar is the New Amsterdam City Swim on June 21. And after that I’ll be looking to get back to some road races when I have a but more mileage under my legs. Onward and upward! Happy National Running Day!

Please consider donating to my fight against ALS at the New Amsterdam City Swim. No amount is too small!

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Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


06 2015

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  1. 1

    Wonderful to read you’re back on the road, Karla. Hope your recovery continues to go well!
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  2. 3

    So great to hear Karla! Having gone through way too many injuries myself, I know how tough it can be. Good luck!!

  3. 5

    Good to hear you’re going well (besides the cold) Karla. Your photos of DC bring back memories – really enjoyed my morning runs beside the Potomac when we were there. Sadly there was no water in the memorial – glad it’s finally been fixed!
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    • Karla Bruning

      Thanks, Ewen! DC is a fantastic running city–one of the best in the U.S. Up there with NYC and San Francisco IMHO.