Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Running and recovery

I am not sure if Spring is coming to Seattle or not. Two nights ago we had snow. This morning I noticed our neighbor's daffodils were blooming. At any rate, I am so glad daylight savings time is this weekend as it will help my attitude improve when I have to get out to the track two nights a week for workouts! It won't be dark when I get there anymore. Hurray!

I have to say, I had a great week of workouts last week. On Tuesday my running class ran hill repeats. On Wednesday I did yoga and ran with a friend I hadn't seen in far too long. On Thursday I did bootcamp. On Friday I ran intervals on the track. On Saturday I did five relatively speedy miles along Alki and on Sunday? Oh, Sunday was the best. I ran just over eight miles on trails with both of my favorite running buddies. We had a blast! In addition to being addicted to running I think I might be developing a "thing" for trails. I spent Sunday afternoon recovering on the couch looking up trail running groups in my area, trail races and new trails for my little group to run. I may or may not have also spent time drooling over trail running shoes. At least I didn't order a pair . . . yet.

I took Monday off (which was hard, it was so beautiful out!) and then last night I did a fun track workout for my running class. The instructor likes to do a timed mile at the end of each session (every 10 weeks or so). It gives all of us in the class a gauge for how we are progressing. I was so pleased, I had my fastest mile yet, by about 15 seconds or so. It felt so exhilarating, I won't lie. Man, I just love running. It sounds so corny, but I love pretty much everything about it, except for my aches and pains . . .

So yeah, I have been combating some aches and pains from all of my running. I got an amazing massage last week and the massage therapist showed me some great stretches to do at home. It is hard to make the extra time, but I have been doing them every day. Hopefully I will start seeing the benefit soon! Today I had my first appointment with a physical therapist, as well. I have read too many horror stories of people running through pain and then finding out they did all sorts of damage and need to take weeks off of running in order to heal. From the sounds of it, I just need to do a better job with stretching and also strengthening some parts of my body other than the ones that propel me forward on a run.

After my PT appointment I went to my yoga class and it was a tough class. It wasn't because the poses were extra hard, it was just one of those days, as my instructor reminded me, that the practice is a bit more of a struggle. I think the exhaustion of having two nights in a row of very broken up sleep finally caught up with me. I wish I had an extra 90 minutes in my day to go to a daily yoga class. I bet it would help immensely with all of my running issues!

This weekend I am going to try for a PR (personal record) in a 10K race and then next weekend I get to run with one of my favorite people in a St. Paddy's Day 10K! We were trying to decide if we were going to race for speed or for fun . . . I think it will be for fun. We haven't seen each other in far too long to spend an hour alone huffing and puffing and not being able to speak to each other! Will definitely have some cute pictures from that run to post after it happens. We have matching outfits, you see. Super adorable!


  1. :) Maybe I will see you at a trail race. ;)

    1. That would be awesome! If you have any planned, let me know. It would be nice to meet up!


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