July: Pain-Free

standard August 7, 2014 Leave a response

Following my monthly running goals, July was all about overcoming aches and pains.

I thankfully do not get too many of these. I’ve slowly learned how to listen to my body and recover properly with rest and nutrition to keep myself pain-free. I try to avoid medicine, instead choosing dietary pain relievers such as ginger and turmeric. I spend almost every Saturday afternoon on my couch with compression sleeves. I make sure to rest on my scheduled rest days. I go to yoga.

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Since I don’t have too many aches and pains,  I spent last month focusing on prevention by:

Dynamic warm-ups: This is hard to remember to do. It is so easy to just walk outside and GO. Last week I finally remembered to do this, mostly because my Garmin was being slow to sync when I turned it on, and I found myself standing impatiently on the sidewalk. Felt a little silly doing high knees outside as people were driving to work, but sometimes you just gotta get it done! The mornings I remembered to do dynamic drills were the ones where I felt I had the strongest runs and was less sluggish for the first mile. Maybe its a bit of a mental trick, but I’ll take it either way.

Foam rolling: I think it’s time I caved in and started foam rolling. After years of running and more continuous mileage, I am starting to see the effects on my muscles. Thanks to my diet, my body doesn’t feel too sore overall after a run, but I do have bouts of tenderness in specific areas. 

Anyone have any other tried and true tips and tricks for dealing with pain and recovery?

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