It’s known by accounts of many runners that we can power up a steep incline without breathing hard but we can’t bend over and tie our shoes!
From many articles that I read, distance runners are usually inflexible and for the most part in the hamstrings. That is also due to runners being stubborn and not stretching enough or correctly….I assume.
I am one of those….sadly and unfortunately.
Last night I ran 5 miles on the treadmill due to heat. It was a nice run with lots of sweat. I showered and got ready to watch TV plus “Sons of Anarchy” final season started.
I put my yoga mat down and was about ready to get down to roll my quads and hamstrings….and strained my right quad!! How in the hell can that happen?
My takeaway….runners should stretch their quads.
I put ice packs on it for the rest of the night and today it seems a bit worse. That can only happen to me! I have 4 miles to run tonight, 9 tomorrow and 18 on Saturday with a strained quad.
Maybe I might take off the 4 tonight and rest but I’ll see that that goes and how it feels.
On another note, I want to eat all the food!
I can’t stop wanting to eat for the last few days! And also, I have these strange cravings. Last night it was chocolate oatmeal cookies, today it is Hot Buffalo Wing Flavored Pretzels.
If I were not running, I’d be a cow by now.
Is this normal the more miles that I run? I think I’m not getting enough calories with my meals and that sets me up to stay hungry.
I have my calorie goals set at 1700 calories. I usually eat more than that on long run days. Last Saturday I think I ate like 2700 or something but I burned 2000 on the 13 mile run.
Since after my anticipated 18 mile run on Saturday…I probably won’t be able to walk so I’ll read up and make a big effort to readjust my diet until after the marathon.
I think I need a little more protein and better and healthier carbs. I do try to eat better carbs but those cakes and cookies slip in! 🙂
55-c 20-p 25-f is my target and I am pretty good at hitting it but I need to choose better foods.
I am killing the water drinking! I think I learned a lesson from that 8 mile run from hell last Wednesday when every muscle I had cramped up at mile 6.
What will I gripe about when the marathon is over?
I’m sure I’ll find something 🙂
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”
― Dean Karnazes