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I did it all wrong.

Friday, June 28, 2013

I think I've figured out why my IT band is acting up. I read some great articles about running, many right here on Spark. Here is what I've learned.

1) I added distance too soon.
2) I added hills too soon.
3) I added speed too soon.
4) I added gravel roads too soon.
5) I didn't add running shoes soon enough.

After more reading, I discovered that

1) I should concentrate on adding distance gradually so that my body adjusts. (I guess doubling the distance, in one run, wouldn't constitute gradual!) emoticon

2) I should run on a flatter route for several months before adding hills. (So doubling the distance and adding hills at the same time probably wasn't the best idea!) emoticon

3) My competitive personality needs to be "held back" for a while and my go, go, go needs to wait, wait, wait on the speed until my body has adjusted and is ready for the "need for speed." emoticon

4) Gravel roads aren't a total "no no," but not so early in the running process. Gravel moves and can twist the joints so I need to get more miles under my belt before tackling those roads. (I love running in the country though. I feel a oneness with nature when all I hear is the birds and my breathing.) emoticon

5) I was running in "neutral shoes" which didn't have the support I need. I tend to roll out when I walk and run so a fitted shoe is necessary. emoticon

I went back and figured out that I've only been running for two months. This is where my "all or nothing" personality is a hindrance. After talking to several runners/marathoners, I feel ok not running until Sunday. It's almost like I need permission to take time off. I was even told to take a full week off after my run on Sunday. Then, to start back slowly and gradually increase my distance.

I am listening! I've discovered that running is my preferred workout. (It's hard for me to even do an exercise DVD now.) I know I can swim and that it's a great workout. But it's not as easy, or cost effective to find a pool that I could swim laps without dealing with other swimmers. I love that I can just put on a pair of shoes and go!

So my game plan is to take it "easy" until Sunday. I'll go out slowly and continue to work on pacing during the race and "kick it" at the end. I'm still working on the mental part that the time doesn't matter. If I want to continue running, I have to put time out of my brain for a while and work on form, pacing, breathing, and distance.....but, gradually!


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  • CAROLYN0107
    It's good you're listening to others and to your body. Keep safe. Running never was and never will be my preferred exercise!! Walking seems to be though.
    1814 days ago
    Well as one who had IT issues as well.....work that foam roller girl! Yet look up IT exercises on SP. As for the running....start again with 1/1 which is 1 minute run, 1 minute walk work your way up each week until you get to 10 min run, 1 min walk. This the way I run all my races for the tris.....10 and 1s as it changes the muscle usage while running and gives those major ones a little break every ten minutes

    Hope this helps
    1814 days ago
  • KONRAD695
    When you get to the race look around for someone with worn in shoes. Ask them their pace. If it fits, see if you can run with them. This will help hold you back "a little".
    1815 days ago
    I love love love running -- and I made all those mistakes and more and kept right on doing that, and now I can't run sob sob. Knees and hips won't permit it. (XC skiing in winter it my closest alternative). So: glad to hear you are smarter than me!! It's so worth it to be able to keep on doing what we love.
    1815 days ago
    and... are you one who learns from hard experience? Mayyyyybe?

    Anyway, you are learning! Slowing down... to ensure being able to keep doing what you love... for a lifetime! emoticon
    1815 days ago
    Great blog! I'm glad that you are taking the advice and slowing down a bit. Good luck
    1815 days ago
    absolutely awesome!!! You've got your plan and you are going to be awesome at it!!!
    1815 days ago
    When I started running, BROOKLYNBORN told me that she only added 15 seconds per week to her run time! Although I began in February, I'm just now up to a mile without a walk break. Take it more slowly, be kind to your body.

    Loosen up before you run. Ankle rolling, knee rolling, hip wiggling. And always, always, always, stretch after you run.
    1815 days ago
    I'm sure it's hard to hold back but it's much better for your body. You can deal with the mental part - just take time.
    Good luck on that race! Don't push your time - listen to your body.
    1815 days ago
    Excellent points! I I will take them to heart as I try to improve.

    You've got this!
    1815 days ago
    Good analysis......you got this.
    1815 days ago
    Great blog! I'd go with paragraph #2 as the top contender. The inclines are the worst. Slight as they may appear....
    As usual your using your good sense so kick back a bit and "listen" to that body that you have worked so hard for and you go girl!!

    emoticon High 5!!!
    1815 days ago
    Good plan! You CAN do it!!
    1815 days ago
    Way to go! Sometimes I guess we can learn from the mistakes of others and sometimes we just have to learn from our own mistakes. We have to try it our own way. We are human, yay!
    One other thing though.....are you stretching after the run? In the beginning I did not give this enough time and sometimes it is still a neglected item for me. I really have noticed a difference though if I stretch after running.
    RUN ON!!!
    1816 days ago
    Here's to listening to your body and many years of emoticon ahead!
    1816 days ago
    Great lessons! Thanks for sharing!
    1816 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Good for you studying and learning ways to improve your running. I did the same thing with my ST. I think I increased my weights too much and should have been more gradual.

    Great job of staying on track and fit.

    1816 days ago
    Good for you! Learn, adjust, go! Woo hoo!
    1816 days ago
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