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Sunday, September 18, 2011

.. ok, actually steaming. Running buddy and I did 18 yesterday, and it rained for the first 10. Also, Fall arrived with a bang! We went from a high of 90 on Thursday, to a high of 60 on Friday! Saturday morning was in the 50s, with that lovely rain. So when we took a break to fuel up, we noticed we were both literally steaming all over! On the plus side, it felt so great to run in the cooler temps, and I got to try out my new arm warmers (they came off around mile 11).

I chose the route I did 18 on a few weeks back. It's a really nice route, nearly all greenways, and I switched two of the legs so that we ran past the mall on the last 3rd of the run, giving us a chance to fill up our bottles, if needed. Usually, the 4 bottles on my belt will last me about 2/3s of the run, and then I can suck those same bottles dry again on that last 3rd. I didn't even empty them all the first time, due to the cooler temps. 60s, I have missed you so!

I've also missed running quite a bit! My weekday runs have slacked off a little bit, as Hub and I have adjusted to his new schedule. I'm thinking about sticking with my group runs of 5-6 miles in the evenings, but throwing in another 2-3 after dropping off the boy at school in the mornings. As for the weekend runs, 2 weeks I substituted a bike ride for my LSD, and last weekend, a family emergency put my run on hold. So, it felt great to get back out and totally nail a long run!

The bike ride, I threw in because I thought my hips or something had gotten out of alignment again, and I figured I should avoid the added impact. Turned out, everything's in the right place, but I seem to have strained my hamstrings a bit. Right up in there, where they connect to the hips. Man!

My PT's words were "respect the injury". She knows what I'm training for, and knows that flat-out stopping probably isn't an option, but I do need to be a little kinder to my hammies. The plan:
*take it easy on the hammie-strengthening exercises on my non-running days.
*stretch cautiously, and massage those puppies to keep them loose.
*sitting on something soft while I'm working
*ice baths after a run.

I actually tried the ice bath for the first time after yesterday's run, and THEY SUCK. But it felt pretty good after, and I know it's for the best. Sipping on hot tea *while* I sat in the ice bath helped a bit.

Just over 1 month to go, then I can sit on my ass for a few weeks and let those babies heal properly. Send happy healing thoughts!
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    Glad to hear you are out there! Boy do I LOVE the cooler weather it makes a world of difference. See you DC!

    2340 days ago
    WTG on your 18miler! You're doing great w/your training and glad to hear you're taking care of those hammies now so they can serve you well on your marathon!! Continued success on your training!!!
    2345 days ago
    Definitely! In the summer I feel puny, but in the Fall I feel INVINCIBLE!
    2345 days ago
  • HHB4181
    too bad about your hammies. i find that when my quads hurt, i can get by, but when my hammies hurt, i could cry like a baby.

    i too love to run in the cooler weather. it's been in the 60's and 70's lately.... love to run in the fall!!
    2346 days ago
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