T-6 Weeks: Form Evolution
More than ever I am learning that form is not static and must be allowed to evolve. Injuries used to draw panic and tears, but now I no longer worry when I feel another ache or pain. I go back to square one and consider my ChiRunning posture from the core radiating out, knowing that every adjustment I make will be improving my overall form. I refuse to have any “bad runs” now…they’re all lessons in form discipline, some more challenging than others.
Extremely rewarding spa day – went for a massage! Took care of some serious leg tension. I forgot how much I love getting a massage…once every 6 months is NOT enough!
8km speed session. SO wobbly after the massage yesterday. Took about 2km and one stride to get anywhere near my comfort zone. The weather was WAY nicer than I thought, I probably should not have been wearing a tech fleece top and tights. I’m noticing my recovery time for breathing is quicker after my strides – woohoo! My inner thighs are still beat up and grouchy though…almost didn’t get to my fourth stride. I did it anyway, just a tad slower and with total concentration on form instead of speed.
Wine Wednesday. ‘Nuff said.
Cut this tempo run short at 8km. Pace felt great, would have been sustainable…but that knee thing was feeling a bit dangerous! Getting to that starting line is my #1 priority…but what the HECK is going on down there? I will have to get back to beginner’s mind…Saturday’s easy run is going to be all about form, I must figure out what I’m doing to tweak my knee.
Recuperate with ice and a Sens game!
Very conscious 9.5km out and back. My knee has been very iffy, and I was at a loss as to how to fix it…until the end of this run. Yes, I had very tight inner thighs, but my massage therapist worked that out…So stop favouring your inner thighs and USE them again! Lined up my knee with my femur, and my hip joint. Kept my knees down and my heels more up, and found a new&improved form that I would like internalize. Play! It’s all about playing.
26km. I owned the walking breaks this time as per my goal last week: 30 seconds for every 10 minutes. I still needed a 3 minute walk to eat an energy bar around 1 hour, and another to adjust my straps on the camelbak, another to put my outer layer away and re-sunscreen, walk the uphills, and stretch out the knee that time I felt it twinge. The bottoms of my feet were still killing me at the end of it…and my time was 10 min slower than last time! The opposite of my goal from last week! I couldn’t get into my usual zen-like mode, so I think I’ll scrap the idea and just walk the uphills and the fuel breaks. Every 5km perhaps, since that’s usually the distance between water stations.
Goal Next Week: Get rid of any nagging aches and pains by solidifying this new and improved form I have found.