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That's great Helen. I can't say enough about the wonders Pilates has done for me and seems to do for most runners. 30 seconds is very good. I have been attending an hour long class 2-3 times per week since last May. The longest we've ever held it in class is 2 minutes. I consider it necessary maintenance and preemptive strategy for reducing me knee issues which are caused by an over-striding left leg. I usually finish all my runs off with some kind of core work, foam rolling, side-line work now. The side line work has been the best medicine of all (hip stability). The whole plank-hold pursuit was born out of friendly competition I was having with a friend who is 62 yrs old and has a party trick where he holds a 6 minute plank on his elbows. He is always trying to get me to "eat like Jesus" whatever that means. He started planking as therapy for his shoulders. I decided it would be fun to practice long plank holds after all my runs. I had to alternate between high plank on my hands and low plank on my elbows, but that's 13 minutes straight-- no rests, no butts up in the air, just the longest/loudest song in my music collection.
Deep down, I know resting it is right. I haven't had a full day in bed for years. I was getting really antsy last night...so I decided to channel my hyperactivity to attempt a personal best plank hold.
NAILED IT! 13 minutes, baby! (My previous record was 7 minutes).
This is very relevant to my running. After last year's chronic knee pain put such a damper on my year of racing, I decided to be religious about Pilates and strengthening my core and stabilizing my hips. I've come a LONG way. I could barely hold a plank for 2 minutes this time last year.
Ahhhh, so sorry, Chris. I sprained both of my ankles about a year ago and tried everything. I resorted to ibuprofen which I detest taking any meds but a runner at heart gets desperate. I ran anyway on drugs and it took twice as long to heal. I even ran a marathon on them. DUMB! That is how I refuse to give up running. I would not recommend what I did. I truly believe the only thing to heal a sprain is to stay off of it until you can run without pain. I didn't want to have to "start all over again" so I continued to run. Too worried I would lose my love of runnning. I was miserable though and in so much pain.
Anybody have a successful meal plan to nurse an ankle injury?
I went out for my long run yesterday and rolled my ankle bad. I had surgery on this ankle about 10 y.o. due to many soccer injuries. It's all puffed up and gnarley looking, which I'm accustomed to...but not on LFRV. I RICE'd it and took 4 ibuprofen. First 48 hours are key is what my physical therapist friend told me. I don't like taking ibuprofen, but...I'd love alternatives.
Run on Fruit we do have a Jambe Juice nearby. I am thinking of making my last "supper" Friday night a Jamba drink after eating mono fruit in the day. What do I order? A Power Orange Juice? I dont do the yogurty stuff, just pure fruit or juice.
I forgot to mention this 1/2 marathon is 6.5 miles uphill and the other half is back down. I did it last year. Hope I don't get black toenails this time! Last year I did it in just under 2 hours. I beat my full marathon record this year running it in 4:00 so maybe I will do my 1/2 well too.
I do for sure... and I dont run nearly as much as you do!
Every time I get going, I get injured. This time I've been taking it super easy, working with a coach, doing everything I can, and still wound up with something wrong with me. I was super pissed yesterday and wound up saying sorry to the ladies i work with!
It sucks to have all the energy to keep going, but my legs hurt too much :(
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