October 31, 2017

journey to DTER: week 2

Inspire yourself and others will be inspired. Motivate yourself and others will be motivated. Develop yourself and others will start to develop themselves. Be an example first and then your world will change around you. 

Autumn has decided to stick around in the mid-south, with wintry-like temperatures over the weekend. Shorts, long sleeves and long sock weather, MY FAV! 

Week 2 Training Log
This week I added some simple body weight exercises to go along with the miles that I run. 

Mon: rest
Tues: 4 miles, 90 second plank, high knees, squats, push-ups, lunges, step-ups & burpees
Wed: 8 miles, 90 second plank, squats, squat jumps, step-ups, burpees, high knees and calf raises
Thurs: 3 miles, 90 second plank, push-ups, tricep dips. lateral arm raises, bicep curls, upright rows & squat overhead press
Fri: rest 
Sat: 13.1 miles
Sun: 6.2 miles, 90 second plank, yoga stretches

Total miles for the week: 34.3

At the beginning of the week, I paid a visit to my wonderful chiropractor to talk to him about my hip that's been giving me fits at random times. I didn't experience any pain, just felt like a muscle or tendon was "catching" another.

It would cause me to be weak on my right side and I would start limping. It always happened 12+ hours after that long run was done. So, after adjusting my hips and lower back, Dr. Cole did some range of motion tests and came to the conclusion that my right adductor longis is shorter than the one on the left side; which in turn is making it weaker. He also found some trigger points that needed to be released within the muscle. Oh goodie! Dry needling....my favorite painful instant relief method! I believe the combination of the dry needling, the exercises I added to my training and getting some good yoga stretches in this week has helped my hip tremendously. I was waiting for the limp to come on at any time Saturday night. It never showed up!

I've been meeting up with a Allison for the last 5-6 weeks to run our midweek long-ish run in together. We have very different goals, experiences, strengths, weaknesses but we both understand how stupidly awful it is to get motivated to go run, or workout. Sharing miles with her during her training for her first marathon has brought the spark back into my own motivation. Seeing the joy leak out of her as she crushes every goal she sets for herself is amazing. Brings back memories of my first marathon training cycle. Just by having someone to talk to, run with, text at stupid o'clock for accountability has really boosted my confidence in my own training. Thank you Allison for indirectly directly kicking my ass into gear. I respect and admire you so very much.  

I even went and ran the first half of Allison's very first 20 miler with her. It was a crisp 35 degrees when we started and by the time I finished my 13 miles it had only warmed up to 39. BTW, she finished her first 20 mile run in FOUR HOURS!This December marathon better be ready for her. She's coming to kick some ass-phalt. 

Sunday was back to the trees! It was a beautiful crisp morning with fog everywhere at Shelby Farms! I took it easy through the trails just wanting to enjoy the morning. I even came across a doe with her fawn an even saw a young buck! Seeing the sun come through the fog was just breathtaking.

I rounded out the week with some yoga stretches to help relax my overworked muscles this week.
I've written out my workouts for next week and hope to stay motivated to get them done this week. I've got goals and I plan to smash that race in January. I don't care how long it takes me to finish....I'm going to cross that finish line this year.

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