“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Up and running

Today, I am up and running. I ran for the first time today since the day of the race.  On Saturday, I REALLY wanted to run but I promised I would take it easy for at least a week.  My IT Band felt good today, a couple times when I was on a downhill I could feel it in my knee but other than that it felt good.  I only ran 3.3 miles today with a nice easy 9:30 pace.  I don't ever want to feel that pain again and I want to make sure that it heals properly so I don't have any future problems with it.  I have learned a ton in the last week about what to and not to do with ITBS(Iliotibial Band Syndrome) and some of the causes and preventative measures to take.
I went to the podiatrist on Friday and was fit for some custom inserts for my running shoes.  I have really high arches and apparently they are starting to sag.  I had to laugh! Hooray! Yet another body part that sags with age!
I have been wearing some inserts that I got from Fleet Feet and they felt great but apparently they weren't giving me enough arch support.  One of the problems with high arches is that I over pronate.  I already new this but what I didn't know, is that without the proper support over pronation can lead to ITBS.  So until I get my inserts the Dr. told me to tape my arches with 2" athletic tape to give them extra support.  I did that today and I don't know if it made my legs feel better, but my arches felt great!

Well I've joined the fitness center. Again.  I have a love/hate relationship with fitness centers.  I really need the strength training though. Especially in my hips, glutes, and hamstrings. My favorite gym to workout at is about a1/4 mile from my house. It's  an old, musky, building where old, musky, gym rats and meat heads work out(hubby is one of them). Seriously it is raw.  I like the fact that I can grunt and sweat like a sasquatch and nobody cares.  Also, surprisingly, it doesn't have the meat market feel.   The guys there are so focused on themselves that they don't even notice you. Perfect!  I worked out there for about 6 yrs, but left because they don't have childcare(the downfall).  They have a TV room where, in an ideal world, my kids would sit quietly and watch a movie. Unfortunately that never happens, instead they end up following me around begging for food and telling me how bored they are.
My other option was a fitness center about 5 miles away that focuses more on classes and nautilus equipment(Ifree weights), but it does offer child care.  I chose #1.  I'm a gym rat at heart!
So here is the plan: to be more disciplined with my time.  Hubby works a swing shift, so on the days hubby works nights, I will go in the morning at 5am, before the kids wake.
On the days hubby works days, I will go in the evening.
We will see how this works starting tomorrow!  Plan will probably be modified at some point as I do NOT like to wake up before 5am! :)

Hope you are all having a fantastic Monday!!!

I have something to share with you tomorrow that I am very excited about!!

Grace and peace,


Teamarcia said...

Oh I hope you've seen the last of your ITB problems! Mine flared up after I ran Chicago (my first marathon) and knock wood, hasn't been an issue since!
Enjoy the gym--hope the schedule works for you!

Melissa said...

Glad I'm not the only one that has to plan around a swing shift. However, with a less than stellar gym option 15 miles from home (the closest one) I have decided not to fool with it.
I hope you enjoy it though!

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