I mentioned the other day that I would be doing some different things over the next few weeks to ensure I don’t go into my tough runs with already sore legs. The changes aren’t anything extreme – just little tweaks that I think might help me. I’m no expert but I’d like to think I know my body better than anyone else and am hoping that these things will work! Sunday’s long run went really well and I’m a heck of a lot less sore today than I was last week at this time so it looks like I’m on the right track!
1. Better nutrition. I’ve been eating much better lately to help with my energy level and recovery. A lot more veggies have made an appearance onto my plates, healthier snack choices, and less sugar (fruit doesn’t count – I eat at least 3 servings a day). I still eat my treats (I love me some french fries) but I’m trying to eat a little less of the fun stuff and more of the healthy stuff that I know will get me through my runs without cramping, puking, or dying.
2. Foam rolling, stretching, physio. This is an ongoing goal for me and I still struggle to do these things every day. Lately I’ve been pretty good and I’m hoping to get better and better over the next few weeks. I went to see my PT last week and she told me I’m in good shape and things are looking perfect. I still go every other week for maintenance and will continue to do so until I leave for Phoenix.
3. Listening to my body. I have been sucking big time at morning gym sessions. Instead of beating myself up over it I have taken it as a sign that my body needs the extra rest. I get my runs in which is the most important part. I know strength training and cross training are important too but rest wins every time. The last thing I want to do is tire my body out or train when my legs don’t feel 100%.
4. More coach communication. Phaedra has been helping me out big time with this training cycle. She has me challenging myself but not killing myself and understands my body can take only four days of running/week. So far everything has been going awesome and I’ve been keeping up with my training as best as I can. With the marathon being so close, I am going to be bugging her more with advice on all kinds of things. I usually feel bad bugging people but she kind of knows what she’s doing and is super helpful when I need it. So yeah. She is going to be getting a lot more emails and text from me over the next little while.
5. Vega. This probably fits into my nutrition but I think it deserves a whole separate category! I use Vega’s Electrolyte Hydrator and Pre-Workout Energizer just about every day but I have now started taking the Recovery Accelerator after all of my tough workouts. I think it’s too soon to say whether or not it makes a huge difference but I’m going to keep using it because it tastes delicious and if Brendan Brazier uses it then it must do something. I’d like to think he knows a thing or two about nutrition and hydration! 😉
6. Strength training. This is something I was a little more consistent with before the holidays. I’d go to the gym in the morning before work for about an hour to do some strength training and then I’d do my runs after work. I fell off the wagon over the last couple of weeks but recently made my return and my plan is to continue to strength train at least three times a week. Even if I can’t make it to the gym, I’ve got some light weights, an Ultimate Sandbag, Ugi Ball, and some Lebert Equalizers at home that I can use. Janae posted about why runners should strength train here if you want to read more about it!
So that’s it! Kind of a boring post but I just wanted to answer some of the questions I’ve been getting!
I hope you are all having a great week!