Monday, April 1, 2013

Training Lately

My relationship is on the rocks. 

Running and I are going through a rough patch. It used to be that we couldn't get enough of each other. But lately, hamstring issues have come between us. I've had to reconnect with old friends, such as the elliptical and stationary bike. But there's no substitute. I miss running. 

I miss long runs around the Lakefront

We still share a few miles every week, but the time is usually pretty tense. Although we've compromised, and I run at a slower pace to extend our time together, I still end up worrying how long it will last before I'm forced to stop.

I know the only way we'll make it back to our previous relationship is by consistently working on it. Things won't go back to the way they were overnight, but they will get better as long as I focus on strengthening areas that have become weak. 

Here's this week's plan:

Monday: 4 miles @easy pace; 4-6 miles cycling; 1 hour Body Pump class
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: 4 miles @easy pace; 6-8 miles cycling; 45 minutes strength training
Thursday: 4 miles @easy pace; 6-8 miles cycling; 30 minute core class
Friday: 4 miles @easy pace
Saturday: 8 miles @easy pace
Sunday: Rest Day

These past few weeks have tested my belief in doing whatever it takes. But, spring is finally here in Wisconsin and with the new season, I have renewed hope that my relationship with running will make it through this time and come out of it stronger than ever.

Your turn: Have you ever dealt with a running-related injury? What did you do to recover?

- ST

4 comments:

  1. Hi Cuz - I hear you on hamstring-related issues. I have been plagued with many - and for months at a time until healed enough to ramp up the mileage again. The form of therapy that worked best for me (by a long shot) is Active Release Therapy (A.R.T.) - my hamstring issues were with the tendon at the very top of the muscle (right below the butt basically). I'm not sure where your pain is, but that tendon area is hard to heal due to the lack of blood flow. Within one sessionx of A.R.T. I could tell the difference right away. Feel free to call me any time and I can tell you about it!! Hopefully someplace in Milwaukee does this type of therapy. Hang in there Sun!

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    1. Hey Sue! Thanks for the tip about A.R.T. - I will have to look into it. I believe a friend of mine did it awhile back so there must be people who perform the therapy in the MKE area.

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  2. I had a heel injury earlier this year that sidelined me from running for about 3 weeks, and it was terrible! Even if it's only a mile or two, I can't go a day without some kind of running, so it was really difficult. It did help me branch out a bit and try new workouts, and now I love running even more :)

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    1. I think that's a great way to look at it - a time to try new workouts. I tried my first Body Pump class at Gold's last night and it was nice to add a little variety!

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