Monday, November 11, 2013

Training Truths: Getting In Tune

Last week I found myself getting back in tune with my body. Trying to stick to the 10% mileage increase rule, I upped my weekly mileage slowly and paid close attention to which part of my thigh was achey, and then attacked it with the foam roller! After my runs I also made time to stretch with my yoga for runners app.

The #squatstreak continued, but I found a new favorite version thanks to Shauna Harrison and the Under Armour #SweatADay challenge: in & outs. After doing 50 basic squats every day for the last 40 days, the in & out squats woke up some gluteus muscles that apparently had been snoozing through the traditional ones.

Tuesday's two miles outside will probably mark the end of running in shorts, but I welcome the cold weather. I stayed on the flattest route from my driveway and kept the hamstring happy.

I was feeling pretty sore after my ART session at PT on Wednesday, so Thursday's two mile treadmill run motivated by the rainy weather was fortuitous. With the pace nice and easy, I focused on my form.

Saturday's "long" run of three miles was my best run of the week. It was my longest post-injury run on a hilly route which in the past would aggravate my hamstring, but it finally felt really good.

On Sunday we welcomed another half marathoner to the household. My step-daughter ran the Seacoast Half and we were there to cheer her across the finish line.

It was an exciting week and I like what my body is saying. What has your body been telling you lately?


  1. You're so good Amy about easing back into your running!!! It takes a lot of patience and discipline!! Great job!!

  2. mine has been whispering it is so so so so time time time for a REST.

  3. WTG Amy! My body is unfortunately telling me that I may be pushing my recovery too fast. I need to follow your example of patience!

  4. Congrats to your step-daughter! That's fantastic!

  5. My body has been giving me mixed signals! I realized yesterday that I could really help it out by doing some strength training & adding some shorter runs during the week. Happy to hear recovery is going well!

  6. My body is saying REST!!!! Congrats to your step daughter!

  7. What is ART? I keep reading about that and am not sure what that is? Congrats to your stepdaughter in her 1st half! Hope you are recovering ok!

  8. Active Release Therapy - helps muscle recover from micro tears (knots).

  9. To look good in shorts, you'll need to try out a variety of styles and find the one that works best with your body type.


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