Pst! There’s a giveaway at the bottom of the post! If you don’t care about running in injuries, then be sure to scroll down and enter. It’s to one of my most favourite races and an amazing cause!!
I also want to thank Karen at Inner Savvy Wellness for featuring my post from last week for the Let’s Get Real Friday link party. I was truly blown away by all the positive comments and support I received (I think I finally responded to everyone?) and I’m feeling much more confident in my ability to workout and eat well and figure out why my body doesn’t seem to be responding as it should.
If you’re coming over from the link up – hello and welcome!
Although I started my training cycle for the Calgary (half) Marathon with a solid 16-week half marathon training plan, I’m thinking it might be about time to re-evaluate.
It took me forever to attempt to remember what I was recapping and what I actually did on each day from the past two weeks since I really haven’t been able to follow my plan 🙁
I’ve made some adjustments to the remaining 8 weeks of my plan (only 5 until the Calgary Marathon) to include lots of barre and as many 30-45 minute runs as I can manage. I also have 15 barre classes to use up before May 25 (somehow the expiration date changed?) so I’ve tried to count and schedule them in. If you need me – you can find me at Barre Body Studio!
I’m very thankful my physio (Julie at Lifemark Health) has cleared me to run. She’s also a runner, and will also be running Calgary, and she certainly knows better than to tell a runner she can’t run at all.
I’m moving forward with physio exercises, barre, and some gait retraining.
Have you ever tried to change the way you run?! Like truly make changes?! It’s so dang difficult!
Because of the way my legs are, when my toes point forward, my knees actually knock in, so I’ve taken to turning my feet out (not quite 45 degrees, but they’re out) when I run. This means my tib-post (posterior tibialis) on my left side absorbs all of the shock from my strides, and it doesn’t travel up my leg to my glutes like it should. No wonder I’m injured!
On Monday, Julie had me run for maaaaaaybe two minutes with my toes pointed forward. What happens when I point my toes straight? My knees knock in. So I also need to point my toes forward while pushing my knees out. To my head I feel like the most bowlegged runner in the world. In reality, my stride barely changed. (Yes, she filmed me. No, I’m not posting it.)
So, I’m running slow (I’m not sure how slow as I’m going Garminless) and working on some pretty significant gait retraining.
Yes, I wrote a post about why you may not need to change your stride, but in my case, spending a lot of the past 12 months injured means I definitely do need to make some changes so I can be a stronger runner and stop getting freaking injured. Ahem. It’s a looooooong road, friends.
Okey doke, so let’s take a peek at the past two weeks, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Next, let’s see how I’m going with my step goals. We left off on April 7, so we’ll take it from there!
- April 8 – 10,700
- April 9 – 7,585 (and this was with a visit to Orangetheory Fitness!)
- April 10 – 4,363
- April 11 – 4,153
- April 12 – 8,939
- April 13 – 7,721
- April 14 – 7,286
- April 15 – 8,327
- April 16 – 13,825
- April 17 – 7,865
- April 18 – 14,044
- April 19 – 10,630
- April 20 – 9,774 (I don’t know why I didn’t just wander around my living room!)
- April 21 – 10,095
The sunshine and warm weather is making it much easier to get out and about at lunch and after work. I obviously need to move to a place with a better climate and more sunshine!
And finally – the giveaway!
[Tweet “Physio, injuiries, running, barre and a @RunForWomen GIVEAWAY!”]
Last week I was contacted to see if I wanted a free entry to the Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women – but I registered at the beginning of the month, so instead I secured an entry for a lucky reader!
The entry is to the Calgary race on May 15 – I’ll be there running the 5k. Given the state of my leg, it’s doubtful I’ll be gunning for a PR like I did two years ago, but I’ll absolutely be having fun on site.
If you aren’t feeling up to running, definitely still enter, there are a ton of people who walk! This is more about community and raising awareness for women’s mental health (a cause I’m obviously quite passionate about) than it is about running a race.
Giveaway will end at 11:59pm on April 28 with the winner announced on April 29. Good luck!
If you aren’t in Calgary, you can check out the list of cities and foundations for the other events.
Have you ever tried gait retraining?
Will I see you at the SDM Run for Women?
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