Showing posts with label therapy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label therapy. Show all posts

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A good way to use a run

Je suis pissed
Today's run (street): 3.3 miles
Yesterday's workout (elliptical): 30 minutes

Were this was a political blog, I would be writing a few hundred words about how disgusted I am that a group of cowards killed a bunch of people in Paris last night. But this is a running blog, so I'll keep it related to that.

I worked from home on Friday and had an early call, so I opted for an elliptical session to save time. I set the resistance higher than usual and really felt the effect of the workout by the time I finished. Another reason I'd stayed inside on Friday was the very high winds that made outdoor running unappealing. I was glad to see that conditions were milder when I got up this morning and looked forward to getting out.

After a couple of cups of coffee and and an hour watching the news, I felt deflated and unmotivated to run. It's been almost 15 years since 9/11, but I felt the same way I did after all that happened. I got my act in gear just before noon and went outside. The winds had picked up, so I dressed as if it was 10 degrees colder. That turned out to be a good choice because I remained comfortable through the entire run.

Running is therapeutic and I appreciated how it distracted me from the news. I followed my usual Friday route (although it's Saturday) and, despite dealing with some wind resistance, I got through my miles fairly quickly. The post-run lift put me back on track, and that has carried me through the day. I really hope to get out early tomorrow so I have time to cover a lot more miles, although the today's three were really appreciated.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The day after cure

This morning my calves and hamstrings were feeling far better than I'd expected. Usually after a 10K race or a long distance run I feel pronounced soreness in my legs on the second day after the activity. I did a couple of things that may have helped the situation. First, I wore my calf compression sleeves all afternoon after my 10 mile run. Studies that prove better performance using compression gear are inconclusive but there is strong evidence that compression will help recovery. The second thing I did to help my recovery was to run a short distance the next day, at a moderate pace. I usually rest the day after my week's longest run or after a race. Running three miles yesterday may have proven therapeutic by gently re-engaging my calves, hamstrings and quads. I was glad for the opportunity to rest this morning and pleased that I wasn't wasn't dealing with muscle pain or stiffness like I'd expected. I guess a little prevention does yield some cure.

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