I’m officially out of the funk that I was in last week. I was disappointed that my training was being derailed by a sore knee caused by the IT Band. Just resting wasn’t really cutting it. I think I’ve found the answer . . . stretching!
I know, I know, obvious. DH kept giving me crap. “You went from couch to marathon in one year and never stretch, what did you think was going to happen?” So last week Tuesday I got up a little early and did Flexible Warrior Yoga for triathletes.
Then, Tuesday evening, I had a one hour massage. It was heavenly! Even better, it was a Christmas gift from DH. It was so relaxing, it was awesome. And I felt the tension in my back just melt away.
On Wednesday after work I decided to run the track because my knee was feeling better. Unfortunately after a couple of miles it started hurting again. Not too bad though.
Then on Thursday I went to a Good Form Running clinic. I learned that I really need to stabilize my core by doing yoga. I also talked to the instructor about my ITB issues and she gave me a handout on the MYRTL routine and showed me how to properly roll my leg muscles and use the stick on my knee.
Friday I was able to do 7 miles with little pain! Yay! I followed that with the MYRTL routine and yoga. It’s crazy to think that all of this could probably have been avoided if I had been stretching and doing strength work all along.
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Your challenge for today is to get a good stretch on! Whether you dig out a yoga video or simply take a deep breath and reach for the sky then reach for your toes. Just taking a deep breath will help #AddJoy!
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