This Season is Different: #4

August 7, 2009

#4 Nutrition

I’ve been trying to focus on this for a while but finally seem to have mangaed it. Big differences include:

  • Eating before morning runs
  • Eating breakfast
  • Eating regular snacks between breakfast and lunch, as well as lunch and dinner
  • Eating more greens and protein

This Season is Different: #3

August 5, 2009

#3 Strength Training at the Gym

I wrote earlier in the season about getting a training program from Mark at South Congress Athletic Club. This has really helped me a great deal in my running. This season I’ve been spending around three and half hours a week at the gym. Two days are longer workouts, and two days are shorter workouts including one day of a core class.

The strength work has helped me keep my running form from collapsing during long runs or if I’m fatigued. Mark’s program has also helped reduce some of the imbalances in muscle groups like my Hamstrings as well as hip imbalances between my right and left side.

This Season is Different #2

August 3, 2009

#2 Regular Massage

I’ve always gotten massages but this season have been even more regular. I was worried after my injury from Boston and wanted to make sure that as I added my mileage I could identify any potential problems early on and keep any tightness under control. Since the end of April I’ve been getting a massage every two weeks. That’s more than I ever have before now.

I’ve found the regular massage has helped get rid of any tweaks but more than that it’s help find areas of inflammation I haven’t noticed. I’ve been running well and haven’t felt any pain but in my massage Lisa will find tender and sore areas. That has then allowed me to focus on keeping those muscles loose and on icing those areas to get them back under control.

This Season is Different: #1

August 1, 2009

As much as I’ve been training the last few years since this April I’ve really had to comit. This is the first in a series of posts.

#1 Icing Regularly

Since my injury and recovery from training for Boston earlier this year I’ve been very regularly icing my legs. I was using larger Dixie cups but now have a box of 5 oz cups that are filled with water in the freezer. Each icing session involves going through an entire 5 oz cup. The nice thing about the cup of ice is I’m able to use it just ice the legs but also find tight and sore parts and apply pressure to dig into areas that are more inflamed. Since April I’ve iced at least once a week and based on the workload or soreness will do more. For example, this week I started feeling more soreness in both legs and iced 3 days in a row after that, twice a day for two of those days.

I have noticed that my soreness is a lot less than previous seasons. By really focusing on it after hard workouts I’ve been able to recover quicker than I used to in the past.

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