I did a 10K yesterday morning – it was my longest run since having Zoe. I had planned to do the 5K version of this run and to try to better my time from two weeks ago, but then decided to get my distance up before my speed. With a strong base of miles under me I can add some intervals and speed workouts over the winter and be fast again (i.e. back to my not-fast 8 minute mile peak from last year), whereas adding speed too early is a recipe for injury. Accordingly, since I had done a 5.4 mile run last weekend I used the 10K as a nice easy long run with water stops and a t-shirt at the end.
On the oboe, I also feel that it’s useful to have a critical mass of practice in before expecting the little fancy nuances to come easily. I’ve worked hard since about 10 days post-partum to bring my playing back to an appropriate level, and now eight weeks later I’m on my way to my first post-Zoe orchestral audition. I can’t wait to see how it goes!