As I am sitting here tired and happy after my biggest weekend of running in a long time, I am also in full fledge recovery mode. I had such a great weekend of running, one that reminded me why I am training for another 50 miler, and why I love trail running so much. It also reminded me that I really need to make sure that I am continuing to take care of these hard working legs so I can continue to increase my mileage and happily run exactly how I want to run.
In one of my million per day text messages with Jojo, the idea of scared vs. smart came up. I was telling her about my runs this weekend, how I am feeling great, and that I have an ART appointment tomorrow.
As I continue to increase my running and feelings of confidence, I still occasionally get that scared feeling in the back of my mind. I am scared that at any moment my IT band will act up and scream at me, bringing my running to a halt, even though it’s been months since that happened. Because of that, I have been taking precautions day in and day out to try and keep those fears from becoming reality.
Icing… After every run, at least once, I ice my whole knee area and IT band. I don’t know if this does anything at all, but I am convinced it has to be helping in some way.
Rolling… Every night I roll with the foam roller and stick (I use both because I can get into different spots with each). Every morning before I leave to run I do some sort of rolling. It’s just become a habit in my daily routine, and the stick and foam roller are just part of our living room decor now.
Stretching & Yoga… I was going to yoga once a week and after a couple weeks off (partially because the teacher was on vacation), I am going back! I am awful at stretching on my own and just need someone to make me do it. I try to do some in addition to my rolling so it’s not just one day a week, but it doesn’t always happen. Must be better. Yoga also helps with strength and balance, both of which are very good things when it comes to running.
ART… I have been going to maintenance chiropractor appointments once a month for ART and general adjustments/check ups. I want to make sure I stay on top of anything that might make my body mad and I personally feel this works best for me.
Taking a step back and looking at my routine, I guess being scared has lead to some smart habits this time around. I have always tried to be good about these things, but not as good as I am now. That little nagging fear in the back of my mind has really changed how I go about taking care of myself. Especially these days, when I would much rather sit on the couch or go to bed after a long day of running, working, cooking, taking care of the pets and doing chores, I also don’t want to take any risks with knowing that I should have been doing anything more so I make them happen.
I guess being scared will continue to be a good thing, as long as it’s making me stay smart in my recovery and running.
Does (or has) being scared also make you smart with recovery and running?