Hey folks! So yesterday was another baby-step 1 mile training run and BOY are my hamstrings tighter than a Spanx bodysuit after Thanksgiving Day dinner. Possible solution: lots of stretching in front of The Biggest Loser tonight. It does NOT help that much of my day has been sitting in meetings. It keeps my hammies and hips tight. I really want to get one of these chairs for the office, but I’m afraid people will thing I’m some kind of new age hippie who’s listening to Enya and snorting pachouli all day. 😉
Anyhew… my runs–as short as they are–are really hit or miss in terms of whether they feel comfortable or not. I’m studying up (Chi Running, reading the training blogs of those who run) and stretching out (hot showers post-run, followed by stretching hips, legs and back), but I’m not noticing any huge sense of improvement and can’t seem to figure out what works for me.
Here is a list of my running-related challenges (what I’m trying to do to overcome them is written in parentheses and italics):
- Boredom! I pack my iPod with great playlists, but sometimes purposefully plan to run on the gym’s treadmill during Jeopardy, so I have something else to keep my attention. Sometimes it’s really difficult to be attentive to my body and the feel of running and be at peace with that level of mindfulness. (Visualize the run prior to starting it, preparing myself for calm, changing up my playlist, people watching at the gym, Jeopardy!)
- My stride isn’t light enough. I feel heavy-footed. (I try to be mindful of this and lighten my feet but then it feels like I’m running too fast.)
- Tightness in hips and hamstrings (Basic stretches, hot showers)
- Achilles tendinitis (Stretching, icing post-run, anti-inflammatories for longer runs or when I increase my mileage, limiting most runs to the more supportive surface of the treadmill, replacing sneakers and getting good orthodics every 4 months-ish)
I want to keep a running journal to help me notice trends so I can identify what works and what doesn’t, but I have no clue what to track. Sleep? Stress? Diet? Pre-race snack? Post-race snack?
Do you journal your runs? If so, what do you take notes on?