Monday, January 9, 2017

Where to Go From Here

It took me longer than I would have liked to start running again after my first marathon, causing me to miss a race that I was looking forward to running with some friends (Hot Chocolate 15k). Once I started again, I jumped right into training for the F^3 Half Marathon, which is coming up at the end of this month. Sadly, it looks like my attempts to grab a new half marathon PR will have to wait a while longer, as it looks like I won't be able to run yet another race.

I've recently started hurting again, and after a visit to the physical therapist it looks like I need to shift my focus a bit. Instead of doing speed work and long runs, I need to focus on fixing my form and correcting the various muscle imbalances before they lead to serious injury. I have been very fortunate not to have been completely side lined by injury, but if I continue to run through the pain, then that could change.

Thankfully, I don't have to stop running completely. Though the bulk of my cardio should be non-running (time to hit those spin classes again), I've been told that I can still run as long as I keep it to no more than a couple of times a week and go short and slow. Instead of focusing on getting a PR or building mileage, I need to focus on strengthening my hips and glutes. I also need to make stretching and foam rolling a priority again, which means no more rushing through everything post workout. I've even been advised that regular massages could help. Basically, I need to start working on actively preventing injury instead of waiting to treat an injury after it occurs. 

I really want to be able to start running again this spring and then start really training again this summer, so I can't sit around waiting to feel better. And, just to add to my already full plate, I would like to lose some of the weight that I've gained. I was feeling and running my best about two years ago, when I was about 20 lbs lighter than I currently am. The cause of my weight gain is easy to pin point. I went from eating little to no processed food and cooking most of my meals at home to eating a lot of processed junk food and getting delivery or carry out far more often than I should. 

I want and need to be able to really start running again this spring and then start really training again this summer, so I can't sit around waiting to feel better. I need to actively work to get strong and healthy again. 

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