|Graston tools used to scrape my IT Band and Hip today. OUCH!|
I really need to remember to keep up with my body maintenance BEFORE I start noticing things falling apart. You know, that little thing called preventative care? Being proactive. Yup, I suppose we could all be better at that. But today's trip to the sports chiropractor was actually just in time. The first part of my marathon training has all been easy running and building a base but the last two weeks of gradually adding some quality workouts has definitely had its wear and tear on my body even though it is still mostly easy paces. As the mileage increases and the quality workouts are more plentiful, my body has started to say:
"Hey lady! You think you're going to get away without any work on core, strength, or proper replacement of shoes and still come out of this thing injury free?! Ha! You better take your head out of la-la rainbows and butterflies land and start taking better care of me or I'll have to knock you down. And we all know how much we don't like injury."
As painful as it was to get some Graston on my left IT band and hip, I'm glad I did. Getting adjusted always helps too. And it was all just in time for my workout today that I was looking forward to all week:
8 miles: 8:14; 7:18; 7:21; 7:29; 15 sec stretch on my left leg; 7:13; 7:24; 7:24; 8:37
Overall, this workout was fun. Moderate effort. And a confidence builder. I had a bit of a hard time finding a 7:20 pace (body wanted to go faster or slower) but I found my zone for the most part. No rain and a nice 40 degrees made for perfect running weather.
This week was a cut back from last week's mileage and no long run with this week. The rest of the week looks like:
Tuesday: 7 miles Easy
Wednesday: 10 miles. First 5 easy; 6:56; 7:10; 6:59; 2 easy
Thursday: left leg giving me some warnings so cut back. Was going to take day off but then did only 3.5 recovery pace.
Friday: 10 miles easy
Sat: 8 (listed above)
Sunday: 13 easy
I'm really loving keeping things simple and going with the flow here. Happy to be in a good happy place with running and to be feeling strong. Glad for a coach to give me workouts so I don't have to think too much. And thankful for a gradual build up with my training. I'm not super hungry for a specific time in this marathon and I have no desire to race any races as part of the marathon training. I'm sure there will be another season in life when I'm in that mindset but for now I'm just enjoying this process of having something to work on. Quietly content. And it is fun feeling stronger, getting faster, keeping the weight on, having that tired feeling at the end of the day...all while being excited every day to RUN!
Oh, and in a couple of days I'll have a new pair of these:
|Brooks PureFlows 2|
What are some important things you try to remember to include in training as preventative care so that you can stay injury free? For me, I try to get more regular adjustments, keep my shoes updated, be conscious of my form, and try to remember at least SOME core and strength work even if it is a fairly lame attempt.
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