|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?
How would you describe or sum up your July?