Happy Tuesday all!! How is everyone doing?
Checking in after recovering from birthday filled weekend!
Today’s Tuesday on the Run is a good one for me.
Today we are talking about: “Advice for your New-Runner Self”.
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I am in a better and different space and place and can really enjoy giving “Advice to your New-Runner Self”.
- As a recovering injured runner, my 1st advice would be to follow Drs. Orders. When I contacted my Dr. to ask him to re-send me the RX he had given to me for PT for my knee. His response to me ‘you mean the RX I gave you 1 yr ago!’ He had to write me a new one obviously. A year ago! Not that one goes to PT for a year but for sure it is a year wasted….a year of PT work that could/would have made the pain I am feeling now less pained. A year of PT work that would have had me incorporating strengthening/stretching that would have made the pain I am feeling now less pained. A year of PT work that could/would allow me to run longer distances. Yup advice #1….FOLLOW DRs. Orders. I went to my PT consult yesterday (Monday) and will be going 2 times a week for 6 weeks focusing on glute/upper quad firing.
- Listen to your body: If you feel tired, worn out, etc. it is okay to have a unscheduled rest day in the schedule. No you don’t have to make it up. Your body will thank you!
- Get a Gait analysis/ Form Check: Even though I haven’t don’t this yet, I have heard from so many people how helpful this as for them in improving their running and reducing injuries.
- Be Patient: Building up a foundation of runs and mileage will greatly improve your runs and help you t remain injury free.
- Slow Down and Run Different Paces: Every run does not and should not be at race pace. You would be surprised how running 1 min slower than race pace can help you achieve your race goal. Have you tried HR (Heart Rate) running? Have you ever run without your Garmin/GPS watch?
- Enjoy the race: Every race does not need to be a PR race. If you are running a new race, new route, with new people, take moments to enjoy it!
- Be proud of what you have done! : Sure someone finished ahead of you in a race but you were there, you worked hard, you accomplished a goal. Sure someone is faster than you, their miles per min is faster than yours…so what!!!
- Set Goals that challenge you (maybe even scare you!): You would be amazed at how you respond to a challenge 😉
What would you tell your “new-runner” self? I would love to hear it!
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