Amidst blogging (so much absorbed that I’m still putting into practice from CFLBlogCon!)
I’ve stayed steady with 1/2 marathon training and tallying up workouts (linkup coming soon for Sunday posts with Meghan at littlegirlinthebigworld!) I have to admit I’m not sure if I set my goal of running an actual half marathon race too far out with as far as I’ve been running lately. I mean, I am still waiting until November for the Women’s half, but honestly could run a half now. I think it’s all part of the mental game of running I suppose for why I picked a November race? Too chicken to run a race in a possibly and horribly hot “Florida Fall Month”? I could technically start training for a Fall/Winter FULL marathon right now, but I’m sticking to the goal: 6 consecutive monthly half marathons – I’ll go balls-to-the-wall next year 😉
This morning I joined K for our shake-out run early around 630. It was much cooler outside, which was a nice change…but STILL humid as all get out! Come on Florida, the rest of the country is seeing that it’s Fall…just sayin’.
I sported my Viewsport tank, and you could see the #Proof of my hot run:
With the left hammy still irking me, I’ve decided to start Epsom salt baths. Why didn’t I think of these before??
I had shorts on, don’t worry
Now, the trick is to NOT immediately do this after working out or you’ll cause inflammation from heat after you’re already hot. I read a bunch of online articles about the stuff, but check here for more info too. I always ice my hip and hammy post-run so I did that first and then started my plan of action. I read the bag of Epsom salt and it said to use a cup or 2 of the stuff per gallon of water? I just dumped a bunch in hot running water and filled up the tub with enough water to sit in up to my hammies/legs. (sidenote: glad we now have a garden tub because in the old place, this was NOT happening.) Did I notice a difference? YES! I immediately felt relief and didn’t have the dull ache I’ve been having in my hammy. I plan to also see the LMT this week for another rub down and will keep up my stretching and strengthening to avoid this being an ongoing issue. I’ll always keep you guys updated too 😉
This week was a good one! After the conference, I got back on schedule for sure. In my crosstraining I do have an opportunity to focus more on core and bicep exercises and start to increase weight a bit here and there along with AMRAP rounds. Sounds like French to you? Me too! Pace-wise I’ve been consistent with my speed work and feel like I’m ‘getting used to’ the 4x800s…and that’ll be until I have to do 6 or add in farther stretches. On long runs I am so happy to have company there to talk to and enjoy the run as it’s helped me a ton with my breathing so that I don’t spark an asthma attack going too quick out the gate. I’ve had some negative splits as well which is always a plus!
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(next weekend will be our first so be on the lookout!)
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