Saturday, April 24, 2010

Building my base

I'm working on building my base again. After consulting my dad (a professional triathlete and tri-coach) and my neighbor (a sports chiropractor) I understand that while the pain I'm feeling while running is nothing to be alarmed about and normal for having taken 6 weeks off, it doesn't mean I need to run in pain.

After taking 6 weeks off, I just went straight into it (sorta) and starting running 3 miles, 4 days a week and was in agony. I described it as: my shins feeling like they were being crushed by a sledge hammer. More than likely it's because the muscles in my lower legs were just not used to running that many miles and were letting me know they were pissed that I was running so much.

So...with that said, I'm going to take each run one step at a time until I can run 3-4 miles comfortably. It's a little frustrating, but I have over 5 months before Chicago and I enjoy running more when I'm not in so much pain.

I'm also going to start incorporating regular strength and core training into my workouts. I know, I know...that's TERRIBLE! I've been running since October 2008 and I've never incorporated regular cross training into my training except for when I was boxing. One reason I'm going to do this is because I need to: strength and core training helps with speed and stamina. Another reason I'm going to do this: is because I want very toned arms in my wedding dress!

To help keep my on track, I'm going to try to start posting my work outs for the day on my side bar! Look for the "Work It Girl!" section of the side bar!

PS - thanks for encouragement on my last post. It really does help! :)

5 comments:

  1. Oh yay I'm so happy things are going well. Yeah running in pain is no bueno.

    and great job strength training and core training. I began a little more than a month ago and I really think it helps! And yeah I have to admit half of hte reason I core train is to get six pack abs :) I doubt I'll ever see them but I like knowing they exist lol.

    Keep up the great work!

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  2. Yeah for you sound like things are going good!!! I love strength training I used to always just strength train and then "fit" cardio in! Now that i'm starting to run I need to make sure and keep my strength training up!!!

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  3. You're so lucky to have so many different people to turn to for advice and help! I have been toying with posting my workouts on the front page of my blog but worry about having to LIE when I become slack. :/

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  4. Just keep listening to your body.... it's the best advice anyone ever gave me when I hurt my foot. I took time off, then ran when it didn't hurt and if it started hurting I would immediately stop! I need to get back to strength training, too.

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  5. I found your blog very interesting, keep it up! I'm looking forward to read more posts from you! :)

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