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Tired and sore and amazing

Posted on: February 28, 2012

Supposed to have been posted yesterday, but we know how Mondays go:

The title of today’s posts describes exactly how I felt yesterday at 7:00pm when I finished my longest run ever of 15 straight miles in Bloomington, IN. If you know anything about the Purdue vs. IU rivalry, then you will understand the flack I will probably catch for saying this but Bloomington is an absolutely beautiful place to run. During the course of my 15 miles I ran around a lake, in a remote upscale neighborhood, through IU’s campus, and downtown Bloomington–definitely a scenic route. Post-run I felt exhaustion in my lower body, and pride in my accomplishment everywhere else.

When I tell people the distanced I run, or that I am training for a marathon, I often hear “Man, I can only run a mile!” or “I absolutely hate running.” or possibly my favorite that  I heard just yesterday, “Why don’t you just ride a bike?” It’s a great feeling knowing that you are taking on a challenge that few choose to attempt; but today I want to empower everyone with a few tools that may make the idea of hitting the pavement slightly less daunting.

Mental tools:

  • An Ipod or smartphone: I swear I could hold 7:30 miles if I listened to “All of the Lights” by Kanye West and “Shots” on repeat. Everyone has their pump up jams, the tunes that make their adrenaline levels rise just a bit higher, the beats that make them feel like they are in the olympics going for the gold. Silent running is great for clearing the mind, sometimes, but I personally enjoy a good playlist supplementing most of my runs. Choose songs with a beat that match the pace you want to hold (google bpm running pace to find helpful hints on creating the perfect, pace-setting playlist). Oh and ladies, Runphones rock, they’re a headband with headphones built in!
  • Yogic breathing: Everyone laughs in my face when I offer this as a suggestion to relieve stress in almost any situation, but I laugh back in theirs when I am a cool cucumber and they are pulling their hair out about petty issues (certainly not always the case). In through the nose, breathe out with mouth closed like you’re creating steam in the back of your throat.

Gear:

  • Shoes! Nike Lunar Eclipse are my all-time favorite running shoe. The heel is padded on all sides so it makes your foot feel super-duper secure. If you are planning to run shorter distances a more minimalist shoe might be just fine. Check out your local running specialist store for your best fit; they usually watch you run and choose a few different shoes that meet your pavement-pounding needs. Replace your shoes every 300-400 miles.
  • Watch. I currently use the Nike+ sport watch. I am still on the fence about which watch takes the cake. Mine often takes a long time to find a signal; however when it does, it provides information on pace, time, distance, and calories burned. When you plug it into the computer, tons of cool stats from your run including a map are displayed. If you are just getting into running and want to focus on working out for a certain period of time, a normal watch may be the perfect thing for you.
  • Ipod armband: Hands-free tunes. Search this one on Amazon. There are tons of options.

Health:

  • Tiger tail or foam roller. Even if your goal is to run a total of 10 weekly miles, chances are you will experience some pain. The truth of the matter is, running is therapeutic, cardiovascularly strengthening, and empowering but nonetheless impacting on your joints and muscles. Rolling out stressed muscles is comparable to a massage; it loosens tension and prevents injury. The illiotibial (IT) band  that runs down the outside of your upper and lower leg is extremely important to massage out after stressing it with a run.
  • Elliptical. If you have bad knees, are at a point of high milage, or are trying to ease into cardio altogether, the elliptical is certainly no place for the weak. Choose a cross training or interval workout and aim for a certain distance. You will definitely elevate your heart rate, work leg muscles, and lessen the impact on your body. I often replace one short/easy run per week with an elliptical session.

Don’t fear the road, lace your shoes up, crank the tunes, and run for it!

Next post: surprise (you won’t want to miss it)

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