A confidence boosting run + 3 things I’m doing every night to stay healthy

How are we already wrapping up another month?!

February had highs and lows in training… a pull back week or two in the middle from pushing too hard (low) and then a solid weekend of running with a surprisingly strong 8 miles of tempo work yesterday (high).

So I’m back to feeling like maybe there is some hope for this half in 3 weeks.  My husband commented that my life has much higher highs and lower lows than his, thanks to running. Ha! Definitely some truth to that!

I’ve been taking all the preventative care pieces very seriously… no more aches or pains!

Here are the three things that I’m doing every. single. night.

  1. Icing.  Typically I only ice my shin when it’s starting to feel tender, but I’ve continued to ice after every single run to boost recovery.  So far so good!
  2. Rolling.  I know how important it is, but honestly, I was lucky to do it once a week.  Now I’m doing a 5 -7 minute roll out every evening… my chiropractor taught me a simple roll starting with the back and glutes, and then one leg at a time for hamstrings, calves, and quads.  It really only takes a few rolls on each body part- 5 minutes total!
  3. Yoga:  I am so NOT a yoga girl- terribly unbendy and inflexible.  But I’m started doing a simple sequence (again 5 minutes, that’s it!) I typically run through downward dog, cobra and do a few hip stretches and warrrior holds.  I don’t know if I’m even naming everything correctly, but it’s a nice way to stretch out and get some deep breathing in.

For Tuesdays on the run, we were asked to grade ourselves on our month.  It wasn’t exactly what I hoped but February is finishing strong and with these new habits in place, I’m giving it an A!

I am linking up with SuzRachel, Lora, and Debbie for Running Coaches CornerPatty, Erika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run, Nicole, Annmarie, Michelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday.


17 thoughts on “A confidence boosting run + 3 things I’m doing every night to stay healthy

  1. I think you had a great month- you are smart and listened to your body which will pay off come race day. Its so much easier to stick with foam rolling or yoga when it only takes 5 minutes.

  2. I’ve been slacking on icing. When it’s cold outside, that’s the last thing I want to do. I’ve been pretty good about foam rolling and using The Stick daily. Last night I had Ron do a calf smash on the roller. Hurt like hell but really flushes out the knots!!
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  3. I think you are ready for a strong half in 3 weeks – you are being so diligent! I’ve been slacking on foam rolling – maybe a couple times per week, but I know I do best when I prioritize it. Like you said, it only takes a few minutes and is so beneficial for such a short time investment.

  4. My foam roller and I are BFFs. Spending time rolling is such a great habit. You’re so right about yoga. Sometimes just stretching out from child’s pose is so beneficial and feels great. Yay for an A-caliber February!
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  5. I hear you on the yoga. I used to be a gymnast and a dancer. I can’t believe I used to be able to do splits and twist myself into a pretzel. Not anymore. But flexibility does come back if you work at it.

    I’ve started taking yoga once a week and not only does it help me work out the niggles, it’s also very relaxing.

    Really need to follow your lead and get better about the foam rolling.

    You will do great on the 1/2. 3 weeks is like a year in runner’s time 😉

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