Thursday, June 25, 2009

listening to my body

Two years ago I wanted to run Portland Marathon. I started training but developed tendonitis in my achilles tendon. I tried to keep up with the training but it hobbled me so much that I threw in the towel. I was so bummed...

But I'm back! I've been running--make that jogging--by myself and with my friend Emily. And I'm really enjoying it! Emily and I are getting on a routine to do a half marathon in September.

What's different this time? Here are some personal tips to make running more fun/enjoyable:
  • I'm running a bit slower than I did before: I'll work on speed after I master longer distances, just not a the same time.
  • running solo plus running/checking in with a buddy: more fun, more accountability.
  • setting a long term goal with small weekly goals along the way
  • walking during my runs, and not feeling guilty about it!
  • reading the Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer: a great book for those of us who don't consider us runners but want to be! ;-)
  • stretching and massaging with my foam roller before and after runs, paying special attention to my calf muscles (these muscles are attached to your achilles tendons)
  • cross training with pilates, cycling, walking, water aerobics, circuit training
  • acupuncture treatments (this is another topic, but the treatments I'm getting increase my energy levels)
  • tracking my runs on
  • having fun with it!
All of these ideas help me to listen to my body so I can (hopefully) avoid injury, have more fun with the training, and feel great. So far so good!

I'll be offering a Walk/Jog/Run class starting July 11 at Mt Tabor. Let me know if you'd like to take part in the fun!

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