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Marathon training is well under way—> 6.5 weeks away! This will be marathon #9 for me—> 2 times at Utah Valley, 1 Top of Utah, 1 Salt Lake City Marathon, 1 St. George Marathon, 1 Boston Marathon, 1 Tucson Marathon and 1 New York City Marathon!
This means that going out and running for 2.5 hours at a time is just kind of a weekly tradition right about now. It also means that I am doing all of the things I can to recover from the hard/long runs before attempting to do them again!
I’m pretty positive that one of the main reasons I had every injury possible (back a few years ago—> stress fracture(S), plantar fasciitis constantly, shin splints, IT Band flare-ups, hip flexor problems… plus any other runner’s injury you can think of) was because I was clueless about recovery. I thought more = better. It wasn’t until I was working directly with my coach that it finally clicked. I wasn’t going to get faster or run healthy unless I positively let my body recover and build itself back up stronger again after a hard workout or long run. I used to think that with each day I needed to go a little bit faster and a little bit longer. I would run 7 days a week (which does work for some people.. but it didn’t for me), teach spin classes multiple times a week and try to push my speed at least a little bit every single time I laced up my running shoes.
What ended up happening was I would be forced to take off MONTHS at a time from running because of an injury, only to return back to running full steam, getting injured again and then be right back at the PT office crying over the current injury. Oh, those running injuries… I have had quite a few tears over them. Remember that one year when I found out that I had femoral stress fractures just a week or two before I was supposed to be on the airplane to Boston to go run the marathon? There were a lot of tears over that one.
The things that we can do to recover our muscles, brain, joints etc really aren’t that hard. We just have to be diligent with them if we want the results we are working hard for on race day.
Andrew has ALWAYS been big on compression gear. He has definitely rubbed off on me and helped me to see the light:)
CopperJoint is our new goto over here in the Baron household (it still feels really fun to throw out that I’m a Baron)!
CopperJoint focuses on performance enhancing, speedy recovery and pain elimination—> YES, PLEASE!
Ever wondered why compression gear is so great for runners?
I’ve got three HUGE reasons for you:
1. They help relieve pain from muscle stiffness and soreness (there are some days that I wake up and feel like I am walking .5 miles per hour because I am so stiff. The less this happens for me, the happier I am and more able to get out and hit the paces I want to).
2. Compression garments reduce the time taken for muscles to repair themselves. The faster they repair themselves the sooner we can go out again for our next endorphin filled adventure and the more we prevent injuries from occurring!
3. They help return oxygen to working muscles! The more oxygen our muscles are getting during a run the better our performance out on the roads/trails/track/treadmill.
Just out for a walk in Canada:) Yes, it is still pretty much all we are talking about.
A perfectly juicy nectarine and chocolate zucchini muffin sure are nice after a hard trail run too:)
Andrew is all about the mango!
CopperJoint sleeves all include 88% Copper Infused Nylon (aka the highest copper percentage in the market) which makes them extremely efficient in killing germs in the sleeves. That means you can use them all day long!
The CopperJoint sleeves also feel really thin and lightweight (much different than other brands I have tried that were too thick and left me sweating to death)! The material that they use offers a full range of motion and doesn’t limit our joint motions like many neoprene sleeves do!!
Besides just quickening your recovery time after a workout, you can use CopperJoint during your workouts to help prevent chafing and rashes! Also, the 4-way light compression provides support that is especially useful for people that are standing a lot each day or for those with poor circulation!
Can we just all agree that putting your feet up on the wall after a hard workout is one of the best feelings? I also love to do it the night before a race and I swear it helps:)
CopperJoint offers ALL SORTS of compression options—> elbow sleeves, ankle sleeves, socks, calf sleeves, knee sleeves… pretty much anything our runner’s bodies need help with in terms of recovery!
I caught Andrew sleeping in his CopperJoint socks (he actually does this often:). If we can sneak in a nap, we both LOVE them. All of CopperJoint’s sleeves are made of moisture wick material—> you can wear them for a long period of time or even overnight without experiencing any skin irritation!
And I cannot wait to try out the arm sleeves this winter! I love racing in tank tops and don’t love freezing so having some nice sleeves on while they help deliver oxygen to my working muscles= win.
I also wanted to share just a few things that I do to help me to REALLY follow through with my recovery runs and rest days (the hardest part of running:) in addition to my CopperJoint gear to help me recover properly:
*I remind myself I have two lovely options—> To take the time now to recover and rest or be forced to later on down the road due to overuse or mental/physical burnout.
* GET A COACH. My coach taught me SO much about running and training and I owe him big time. It is amazing how helpful it is to have an outsider’s perspective on your running so that he/she can tell you when to run fast, slow, medium and the best days to take off.
*Ditch the Garmin! I do this especially when I am coming back from an injury. Sometimes those little numbers on our watches make us push it too hard, too fast.
*I like to remind myself that a day or two off this week (and/or a few days easy running) will help me prevent a few months off later on due to an overuse injury!
* Write it down if you need to! I feel like we need to come out with some race training plans that not only list each distance we should run each day but also how many hours we should sleep and what we should do for recovery. We are pretty dilligent about nailing our different workouts prescribed so why is it harder for us to be diligent over the rest and recovery we should be getting. I sometimes think that the hardest part about running is allowing ourselves to truly back off (Type A personalities;) and let our bodies recover after the hard stuff. The other day my running buddies and I were talking about how in our brains we all think we love the taper and then when it comes we actually start going crazy because of the decrease in mileage and intensity. We need to remember it IS a huge part of the road to getting stronger.
* I tell a friend:) My running friend’s and I are all better at seeing each other’s needs over our own, ha. If I tell one of them I need to go x:xx pace leading up to a run, they keep me to that pace because they know it is best for me and the same thing goes vice versa. I’m better at holding them to a certain pace than myself ha.
* I utilize the treadmill. I set it at my recovery pace and I don’t allow myself to touch that pace again. Sometimes when running outside it is easy to get caught up in my thoughts and speed up to a pace faster than I should be that day but with the treadmill I have to make the conscious decision to bump up the speed.
*Remember the best athletes on the planet take recovery seriously. You know those Olympic Athletes must recover like champs!!! This picture of Michael Phelps and Joseph Schooling made me really happy:
Go to CopperJoint HERE and the first 50 readers to use the code HUNGRYRUNNER20 will receive 20% off their CopperJoint order. Today was sponsored by CopperJoint! We hope you are having a fabulous day and we are off to paint a ridiculous amount of baseboards before installing them in our house:) House renovations took over our life the last few weeks ha (pic below from the last place we lived)!
Any marathon courses that you have done more than one time?
-Utah Valley Marathon, this will be my second time running St. George and I will have to get back out to Boston again:)
Are you pretty good about doing what you can to recover? Have you always been this way?
What overuse injuries have you experienced? What did you learn from those injuries?
Can you tell when you are on the verge of burnout… what are your symptoms?
Current favorite/can’t stop eating fruit right now?
-We are just entering peach season over here and I am loving it.