I am SUPER excited!!! I picked a fall marathon!!! My husband and I are both doing Richmond! We finally decided…who knew it would be such a tough choice! We kept going back and forth between Richmond and Baltimore! I love the idea of Baltimore because it is so close and we wouldn’t need a hotel…but I know it is a hilly,challenging course and that is really intimidating to me right now (that almost seems funny because seriously, any marathon is challenging no matter the course :)). I also just really loved the pictures that I have seen of Richmond! So…Richmond it is!
If you are having one of those I don’t feel like running days…just watch this!
Loved it!!! 🙂
Yesterday was an unplanned rest day for me. I have been having a little bit of strange pain that I can’t quite figure out. I am pretty sure it is my IT band…but if you have another idea of what it could be let me know! I feel it in my hip and sometimes in my knee a little bit, but the funny thing is that I usually feel the pain in the very beginning of my run and then it goes away. The last 4 runs I have done start out with my hip/knee kinda feeling like it will give out on me and I have almost stopped, but after 1/4 mile it basically goes away. Yesterday it seemed a little worse, so I decided to do a lot of dynamic stretches and some strengthening exercises. By the time I finished those I didn’t really feel it and I almost decided to run…but my half marathon is next Sat and I am trying to be smart :). I have a pretty high tolerance for pain when it comes to running and I tend to push it too far.
Here are some really good exercises that I have been doing
These are some of the drills I have been doing…
Runner’s World also has some good ideas for hip strengthening exercises.
Lauren’s Mega Nuts and Runner’s High are my favorites!
What are some of your go to stretches and strength exercises?