Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bring It ON

November 14, 2015
I finally signed up for the Richmond Half Marathon Training Team. 

















Run buddy is signed up and we will do group runs on Saturday mornings, but they also have a Sunday group option, so if we need to, we can bounce days throughout training. First group run is August 8th, it's only 4 miles, because I signed up with the novice group. July has been a difficult month, with lots of fatigue and soreness in my legs, and I felt a little crazy signing up, but I am trying to believe I will get it worked out. 

Last week I visited the PT and he hammered away at my right hip and hamstring, he was pushing me like a linebacker at one point. I was sore. I am scheduled for for two more visits this upcoming week, so hopefully this lack of flexibility will diminish some. 
My strength level was about equal in both legs, but my whole kinetic chain was tight on the right. 

Friday after my 6.5 miles with run buddy I felt okay, walked two miles, went home stretched, and within a few hours the tightness set in. 



Friday is one of my double days because hubby and I go to the gym in the afternoon when he gets home from work. I ran two miles on the treadmill and spent a good 15 minutes stretching, however I think team stretching helped me the most. I am supposed to keep my legs flat, no knee bending, and lean forward to touch my toes until I feel the burn. Kenny holding my hands and pulling, helped me to get a much better stretch. I can't feel the same sensation when I do it alone. We did it a few times and held it about 20 seconds. 
I am always amazed at how a minute can make such a difference in how I feel. I swear that one stretch benefited me more than any of them. The same level of tightness has not returned. Fingers crossed I can make some progress quickly. 


July has been a challenging month for me. Summer is not my time, however, I only ran 13.5 miles on the treadmill, the rest of the time... I sweated profusely pounding the pavement for every mile.  

My longest run was only 7 miles, and if I am honest, I had a few moments that were discouraging, but I am still standing, so August bring it! 

Hopefully, I can tough it out till Fall. 


Do you have a stretch that really works for your hamstrings? 
 Challenging! 
How would you describe or sum up your July? 

36 comments:

  1. 87 miles is almost double mine, so if I'm training for a fall half you can certainly do one.

    Thursday was going to be my first day back on the TM in a while, due to heat, but then the TM died & I finished the run outside at the hottest part of the day anyway.

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    1. I had a decent month mile wise, but I struggled all month with how I felt, so I m considering cutting back the miles and sticking to the novice plan in August. Right now running for two plus hours seems unreachable.
      Good job finishing, I can not handle anything mid- day!

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  2. Praying you have a great race, Karen! Team stretching is fantastic to do. I also love doing some yoga-esque stretches that target my hips.. Difficult to describe, but I can feel it when I do them. I see one side tighter on my body than the other too. I am just not symmetrical!
    Hope you have some great weather! Go get em, karen!

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    1. Thank you Raina :) I hope Fall cools down some!
      I never seem to be symmetrical either lol I am always battling one side or the other.
      Kenny helped me again this morning stretching, it really does make a huge difference :)

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  3. Oh this summer running is sucking the life out of me. I had to stop today for a breather because it was so crazy hot.

    My PT gets me to lay on the floor with my legs up the wall for my hamstrings. :)

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    1. We are enjoying a break in the high humidity here, my last two runs have been in 60-70% humidity and it makes quite a difference in how drained I feel. It seems once it's over 70 degrees I just have to go with the flow.
      Take the breather, breaks are good.
      I need to try the wall :) I haven't done that!

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  4. You ARE tough! I am impressed by everyone getting out there for all of those sweaty/humid runs. Last year I was really dedicated to doing at least my weekday runs outdoors, but this year I've been spending so much time on the treadmill. Having the a/c, water fountain and bathroom all conveniently located feet away from me is just so alluring!

    Keep up the stretching! I too am always so impressed by just how significant a good stretch really helps. Whenever I take the lazy route and don't stretch I can feel the difference so strongly.

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    1. Thanks Kristina :)
      Your level of hot and humid is in its own league! I would take to the TM too! This year it made me nervous since my shin seems to ache more if I ran on the TM, so I have been trying to tough it out.
      I thinks its great you can tough out the TM for longer runs, that takes mental toughness :)
      I am the same way, if I skip stretching I pay for it!

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  5. So happy to hear that stretching is helping! I hope the PT continues to help, too :)

    And you did FANTASTIC for July!!! Great job!

    For hamstrings, I like to use my Stick to "roll" them out, but I do the door stretch if need be (basically same as floor - keeping your leg straight against a door frame while you lie on your back on the floor).

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    1. Thanks Kim :)
      I have a stick too, I like to roll, but I seem to need more. I am going to try that stretch out. Heather suggested something similar and I think it would really help me - thanks!

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  6. My July was challenging too! We will get through it though, and then when the temps dip, it will feel so much easier. The only thing I really do for my hammys is just bend over. It feels soooo good. Sometimes I sit and touch my toes. I know I am boring!

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    1. I keep hoping it will feel easier!
      I like the bend over too :) One of my favorites, it does feel great.
      Trying to touch my toes sitting right now is challenging my right side is so tight, but it's getting better :)

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  7. Having a race to look forward to helps the motivation, especially on hot days!

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    1. Yes! I need a reason to keep plugging along :)

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  8. You say you signed up for the training team but you registered for the half too, right? LOL. That's wonderful and you'll have people to train with. I foam roll my hamstrings and also stretch them some with my heel on the bathroom counter. Thankfully, they usually don't bother me...just everything else. July was HOT. My mileage was around 115 (I think, I haven't checked). I ran my longest run ever today. Now it's time to let the old body recuperate a few days.

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    1. I have rolled at the gym, but still haven't ordered one yet lol
      Yes! When you do training team you are automatically registered :) I am stuck now!
      I haven't tried the bathroom counter yet lol Same for me, it used to be every thing else hurt and my hamstrings were always fine. I am not sure what has changed since this injury.
      Great mileage for July. That longest ever is always exciting!

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  9. I am terrible at stretching after runs. My July hasn't been too bad.I don't mind the heat so I have kept up with my runs. Goodluck training for your half. I am thinking about signing up for a fall one.

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    1. I get so sore if I don't stretch.
      Fall is a fun time and it's right around the corner :)

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  10. I hope things get worked out as well and I know you are going to do great at the race. Run groups are fun aren't they :)

    I do the normal reach for my toes when I stretch my hamstrings.

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    1. Thanks Richard :) I hope I can get a good rhythm going and yes, I hope the group thing works better this time around.
      I think reaching for your toes is a winner! once I stopped bending my knees its helping a bunch.

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  11. Glad that the stretching helps you so much! I never notice much benefit to stretching, but maybe I'm not doing it right:)

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    1. Really!? Well shucks, I guess it's great you don't feel too tight or stiff. I do get stiff if I skip it.

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  12. I do a lot of yoga, and for my money, there is no better pose than Downward Dog for stretching it all out! I do a lot of sun salutations after I run. Seems to hit all the high points.

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  13. I have problems to run in summer too: too hot and humid, so I cut my mileage.
    However I am sure you will have a great race.
    I am also following a course of postural and stretching exercises. It works.... but I must be always careful and never be in hurry if I feel "strong".

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    1. I hear ya! Trying to not push too hard should be easier, huh?! Postural and stretching exercises should help keep us healthy :)

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  14. woo woo! your PT sounds like my husband (he's also a PT) - ha! he says that's the best way to get therapy to work :)

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    1. Well how awesome your hubby is a PT!! I am jealous, you can get personal service lol

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  15. So cool that you signed up for a trainig team thing :D Wish I could join something like that :) I bet you'll do great in that race :D Cant wait to hear how the training runs with the group are like :D

    How can I sum up my July haha? Well.. Before I went to the US I almost only got to do trail trainign runs with my dad or my mom. Which was okay, but I was really starting to miss my solo pavement runs. Then we went to SanFran where I wasn't healthy at all, our first run there was over the golden gate bridge and to sausalito so that was cool, then I had the most amazing race day ever a couple days later (3rd place WOHO), then we went to new york and i didnt run there, then i came back to norway. So July was a bad running month for me. But August had started out really great! :)

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    1. I wondered how NY went for you ! I am sad you didn't run there.
      I saw your awesome post about your CA race :) That was pretty awesome. to place in AG.
      I will catch your post soon to catch up with you. Glad August is starting better.

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  16. YAY for race sign ups! That is great that you have a local program to be apart of and a buddy to do it with. July was really busy for me! Hoping August is a little calmer. :)

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    1. I hope this gives me some new life! and I stay healthy :)
      August is race time for you!! I hope its calmer :)

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  17. My July was so so so challenging. I'm really hoping August is better and if not there's always September! I bet running with a group will make training a lot more fun!

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    1. It will be okay Courtney! Just hang in there, a break will come eventually :)
      Fingers crossed I like the team.

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