I have been hitting it hard in the mileage category this year. As much as I would love to keep pumping out the distance, my body has filed that dream into the "simply will not comply" category. Still having some issues with my hip as it is tender to the touch and tighter then it has ever been, which is just plain annoying. But common sense is telling me that this is what happens when you run 2,100+ miles in 10 months and neglect muscular balance in every muscle group of the body.
Being honest, I have been avoiding purposeful stretching as well as strengthening the glutes, hammies, and hips all year. Whoops...I guess it was bound to catch up with me sooner or later. I suppose that I should be thanking my lucky stars that I didn't do any serious damage.
The other day when I mentioned that I was going to be spending sometime getting back to the basics of running, I really meant it and need to keep myself accountable. Runners are bad creatures of habit that don't like to be broken of routine and waste time pumping iron in the gym, and I am a shameful lady that has fallen victim to almost every runners #1 mistake...lack of NECESSARY strength training.
Bringing back some routine into my life and looking ahead to new goals for the fall, I have decided to dedicate the next few months to functional strength training. Time to work out those weak areas and get the body moving functionally again.
Goals for the next 3 months:
- 3 resistance sessions a week that focus on total body movements
- Yoga at least once per week
- 1 interval session a week that focuses on foot strike and form
- 1 long SLOW run per week
- No more 6 day running weeks, knocking it down to 5 for now
- Weekly assessments of what my body needs, not what I want it to be doing
- Maybe hit up the treadmill at the gym for some incline sessions
|Goodbye terrible posture and weak posterior back muscles|
|Raptor arm you have outworn your welcome|
|Heel strike I will not be missing you|
I'm not an elite runner, I will never be neck and neck with Deena Kastor in a race and out kick her in the finish, I will not make a living off of my sport. But that doesn't mean I can't train my body like an elite. For now that means to just ease up the reins a bit and focus on the biomechanics of running.