I am back and running! I ran my 14 miles today. I got up, fueled up with my standard oatmeal with fruit and seeds, black cherry Clif Shot Bloks, then foam rolled my calves like a monster! Check out Run with Jess’s great post on foam rolling!
Dave joined me for the first 7 miles of my run. It was so nice to have someone to talk to. But I had to tell him to slow down at certain times because he was pacing us at 8:00 and I wanted to try to aim for 9:00.
After he left me, I tried to focus on my running form. I also tried to run down the cauldesacks on the opposite side that I usually do (against traffic). Ashley (who went to Quinnipiac for PT) told me that I should try to switch which direction I run down roads. If I always run the same direction and the same route, it can stress a certain part of my body and cause injury. So another reason for us runners to look for new routes! Avoid not only boredom but also injury!
I averaged a little faster than I wanted. I think I was so excited to be running outside in the sun and warmth. I could feel the knot in my calve tighten whenever I went up or down an incline, so I slowed on those portions of my run. I have to work on some pacing and control.
When I got back from my run, I foam rolled again and enjoyed a protein shake made with milk. My calf feels pretty good, but not perfect yet. I am going to continue to foam roll, stretch, and ice like a maniac. I want to ward away the injury monsters so I can reach my 3:20 goal at Boston Marathon!
My back and neck are sore today. I can’t turn quickly to look to the side. I feel like I need a neck brace! haha. I don’t know if it’s because I turned suddenly in a weird way or it was from my run. I really feel like I’m getting old!
P.S. Sorry it’s a boring post visually no good pics! 🙁 I’ll make up for it later!
Do you feel like you are aging fast?
I sure do! But, I also realize that my marathon training is at its peak so it is probably making my body a little more touchy than usual.
Do you get paranoid that you will get injured?
I always do! Running is nerve racking for me because you really do “put all your eggs in one basket!”