Alright, let’s get real. A topic I have avoided for awhile now is my running. Why? Because it is just frustrating and depressing and I choose to not think about it unless I have to.
Every run, workout, the thought of running, just has depressed me for many weeks now because I just know I’m not performing my best to my ability. Why? Because my IT Bands, hips, and legs in general have been so STIFF and got to the point of pain.
So I have taken many steps to recovery. These include:
1. Using a softball as an active release technique for my sciatica. So I sit on it pretty much right where the picture below is pointing. It sends sharp pains all down my leg where the sciatic nerve runs. Fun.
2. Foam rolling my IT Bands, Sciatica and Calves. Also hits the nerves and sends some unpleasant pain throughout your leg. Fun x 1000.
3. Stretching and lots of it.
Other methods I’ve used are using a heating pad on my hips/sciatica, icing my calves when they are sore and rolling my arches on the softball because they also tighten up.
As you can see, I have a ton of problems going on currently. But alas, my 8 miler I had on Sunday got a lot better towards the end and I loosened up.
I am now pretty much going to do another 38ish week with a 10k race on Friday. This is a HUGE deal because I have not run a collegiate 10k yet. In fact I have never RACED a 10k really before. I’m nervous but also extremely excited. So I’m just hoping my body can recover more before Friday.
Q: What do you do when you get depressed? I try to take my mind off the topic and focus on things that are going well for me at the moment. I pretty much felt like my season of running was already over before it started and have accepted the fact that I might be done within the next couple of weeks because I am not that great, so I have really focused on my school work, grades and my future with dietetics. I’m making plans and things to help improve my internship chances. It’s kind of getting me excited about life.
Q: How do you recover? I have been doing all of the above and drink tons of chocolate milk post workout and normally a banana with it.
Q: Have you raced a 10k? Did you enjoy it?
We raced a new course this weekend in Edwardsville. Our first 5k of the season! WAHOO!
The footing was a bit awful. Lots of ditches and some clumpy grass.
Long side hill that was awkward and hurt the ankles in the second mile
Concrete! We had to run over three large plots of concrete during this run and I could just feel my spikes poking my feet. So painful.
Not a lot of slower girls around my times so I was running with a couple of girls the whole time.
Weather was wonderful
Got to wear my bunhuggers
Had one of my teammates right by my side for almost 3 miles of the run
We got first!!
Our girls ran amazing and a lot of them PR’d!
I was only 20 seconds off my PR from last year in cross.
I ran a 21:30 which I was pleased with since I’ve been having some setbacks with my hips and knees.
We’re missing a few girls here haha
Tuesday’s workout was 5 x 1200m with a jogging recovery ~3 min – 3.5 minutes
Goal time: 5:08
Then I did 3 miles worth of warmup and cool down to total 7 miles for the workout.
Later that day I ran another 2 miles as a secondary run in 18:11.
Total mileage = 9 miles
Today is a sad day…my garmin strap broke I can still wear it but one side hangs open. Hopefully they can help me out with it and get it fixed!
We race in Carbondale this weekend! I cannot wait until we start having our overnight trips to Louisville, Evansville and Kentucky!