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This book is awesome.
If you are a trainer, a coach, or injury prone, as I seem to be, (even though I hate to freaking admit it,) or you have a chronic area that tightens and aches, this book is for you.
The writer got into health care to learn how to maintain being a healthy runner because he was plagued with injury when he was young. He does a good job of making complex things easier to grasp. I most appreciated the guidelines he lays out (in steps) to help you figure out your weakest areas without getting all hooked up in a lab.
Another thing I loved, he promotes doing what comes natural...heel striker, mid footer striker, it doesn't matter so much, what really hurts us is the way we compensate for a weak area.
Probably my best take away from this book is, rest for some issues will never be the answer. Tissues and tendons need the load on them to stay strong, and form is everything.
My left hamstring has been my nemesis area for almost a year now. This entire time I have been off running it continues to plague me, so obviously rest isn't the fix, but I am working on it and it is improving.
It is a good book!
Changing gyms is a funny challenge. I am slowly getting used to the new equipment, but it is throwing me a bit...
I totally needed a break from the bike, so circuit training has been fun this week.
My work outs aren't feeling super stellar, but I am sure they will once I adjust to all the new :)
|Tuesday||Circuit Training (40:44) |
Stretching, leg lifts, upper body (42:04)
|Thursday||Circuit Training (38:01) |
15 min. Core Work
|Friday||Walking w/ one minute run intervals 7.08 miles (1:37:52) Stretching|
|Saturday||Cycling 8 miles (31:56) |
Core Work 17 min.
Leg Weights 32 min.
|Sunday||Half mile warm up - 5K run (30:48) Walking 1.50 miles (23:37) Stationary Bike 3.50 miles (15:31) 75 min. upper body weight training|
I tried balancing on the ball this week, I will tell you I didn't look like the gal in this picture. I was a wobbly mess...
Bridges were a heck of a lot easier...
I saw my Doc Friday and he really didn't like how my Brooks Connect are fitting with my orthotics...orthodics(?) you know, these things pictured below...
The inserts are a challenge to fit in A LOT of my shoes actually.
I went and tried on Hokas, Mizunos, Adias, Asics, and New Balance in several different models, and it was a bit discouraging. The inserts tend to make me roll out and most things were not fitting much better than my Brooks. A lot shoes put too much pressure on my toes because the inserts raise my foot.
I tried to to go without wearing them a few times last week and my feet were burning, so I do feel confident they really make a positive difference for me, I just need to find the right shoe.
Saturday, Kenny and I went to Dick's to try on more shoes. The Doc wants me to spend one more month in sneakers at work and hopefully I will be over the hump.
I decided to try any random thing. Under Armour, had nothing, but Nike surprisingly did. I will tell you I am not a Nike fan, but the shoe I tried fit my inserts pretty well.
I decided Sunday morning I would try a short run. These are structured so different from what I am use to, and I was pleasantly surprised.
I ran a 5K (A RUN!!) in my Nike Flex Supreme TR 4 shoes
I had to get them as plain as possible so they will be less noticeable at work
It wasn't a perfect run, but I had minimal outcries from my feet, and my feet didn't swell like they have on my previous attempts, so I feel a tiny bit victorious today.