I actually think that I was more sore post boot-camp than after my marathon… or at least pretty equivalent. It’s always amazing how we can be in ‘great’ running shape, then try a different type of physical activity and be sore for days afterwards. I wish running fitness just translated over smoothly to every type of fitness. That would be nice.
For the first 4 miles of my run I got Andrew (THANKS Mom) to join me. His dream is to have a hobby farm someday so he is always extremely happy when we come across any animals.
Those trees are going to be covered in snow before I know it so I am soaking in each and every run that looks like this until then.
I finished off the last 3.23 miles on my own.
Marathon training = I try to ALWAYS end on the mile exactly or at least .50.
Non-marathon training= I finish when I get home, whatever that number may be.
Fastest and longest run post marathon. It takes me some time to get going again.
Packed my lunch to go. Andrew has been grilling up chicken breasts for us to use throughout the week which has made salad building a whole lot easier and faster.
Later on we stopped at my mom’s house and Brooke and I worked on writing the letter P.
And then Knox came and they were reunited. Brooke was beyond happy to have her favorite buddy back.
They loved some random video where a dog was trying to do cartwheels. I don’t think I could see the screen.
We made a stop at the dentist office too. This dentist is the best… they get to watch a movie while he cleans their teeth, he has all sorts of prizes and the decorations in the whole building make them excited to go.
Dinner was a quick one of Kodiak Protein Powercakes, clementines and turkey sausage.
We also played some pretty intense hide and go seek.
I have been reading this book a little bit at a time. It is changing bits of my brain for the better and I’m really happy about that. Thank you for the book recommendations, you guys have helped me to find some really amazing books.
One of the things I’ve learned over the years of running is to be open minded about different forms of recovery/treatment. I’m in no way a specialist when it comes to anything like this but I just share with you my experience with different things on this blog:)
Way back when I was all about just going to a sports med doctor for different problems and getting told to just take 6 weeks off and then try running again. I would JUST take time off from running, little did I know there was a whole world of different options of things to research and try. Since then, I’ve learned that there are SO many different things we can do and try to help us with our recovery, prevention and injury rehab. Why not try them is my opinion now (as long as they are safe of course;) What’s the worst that could happen—> I’m still injured. The best that could happen is that my body feels a whole lot better afterwards or I find a new way to prevent a full blown injury by getting the problem area worked on beforehand. My new top two forms of physical therapy are Graston/scraping (I’ve done this a ton over the last 3 years and it always helps me) and now CUPPING (myofascial decompression).
This was the very beginning… she put on a bunch all at once and my skin ballooned on up nicely.
From an article about why different Olympic athletes have been trying this out: “The suctions pulls the tight muscles and stretches the fascia, the connective tissue around the muscles, and in effect, allows blood vessels to expand. The theory is that the increased blood flow speeds healing. It makes sense but it is not going to cure any problem the athlete may have.” -Internal medicine physician and certified personal trainer Dr. Michael Smith.
This is what causes these circles on Michael Phelps.
My IT Band/quads were beyond tight, not an injury but just crazy tight so I tried out cupping. Part of me believes I am the perfect candidate for placebo effect therapy;) but I REALLY did feel so much better after having done this. My legs felt looser and like the flexibility returned.
PS there is no scientific evidence of whether or not this technique is truly effective but for me personally it is something I will continue doing when I feel I need it.
I will keep my options (work with certified/licensed/trained people only with these different methods) open and of course do the things that prevent injuries as much as I can in the first place (aka why I’m trying to strength train more again)!!!!
**I’ve got an EARLY run this morning. As I was setting my alarm clock I saw my alarms for the St. George Marathon on there—> 3:55 a.m. Yeah, no thanks, ha! Races are the only things I will set my alarm clock for that early:)
I think my favorite season of clothing is definitely fall. Between flannels and booties and jackets, they are all my favorite. Added bonus is there isn’t any snow yet but the air is crisp and cooling down:) Here are a few of my favorites for this season just in case you are looking for something new (PS this post contains affiliate links):
1. My favorite Moto Leggings in dark grey—> I could live in moto leggings… they are so beyond comfortable.
2. My favorite fall jacket ever.
4. Maroon anything. I love this color so much on this top .
5. The most comfortable (light) sweater I have ever owned in my life. I now have three colors of it. HERE. I could live in this forever.
7. Messenger bag that I use a ton (it’s on sale too for $30).
9. For dresses, I need your help. I have a bunch of summer stuff but I’m in need of good fall/winter stuff:) Feel free to send me any recommendations if you love any (pretty please;)
EARLIEST time you have ever waken up for a race?
What different types of physical therapy, injury prevention or rehab have you tried over the years?
What did you have for dinner last night?
Finish on the exact mile or does it not matter to you?