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Comment by Joy on March 5, 2011 at 10:48am
makes sense, thanks!
Comment by Joy on March 5, 2011 at 7:55am
would alternating between ice packs and a heating pad work the same?
Comment by Chris on March 5, 2011 at 4:28am

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.

Comment by hellen72 on March 5, 2011 at 3:37am
That's amazing chris well done. I can plank for about 30s!! Having knee probs at the mo. Physio says I need core work so have been doing a bit of plank.
How did u improve? Did u do every day several times a day? Did u have long rests between each effort or just one as long as poss
Comment by Chris on March 4, 2011 at 10:43am

Thanks, Oriana,

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.

Comment by oriana on March 3, 2011 at 10:58am

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.

Comment by Chris on March 3, 2011 at 2:16am

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.

Thanks!

Comment by oriana on March 2, 2011 at 12:38pm

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.

Comment by Joy on March 2, 2011 at 12:38pm

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 :(

Comment by oriana on March 2, 2011 at 12:34pm
Okay, today was the first day in about 3 months that I haven't run.  I am used to running minimum of 5 miles and up to 10 miles a day.  I don't know if anyone else who is an avid runner gets like this but I am all bent out of shape and irritable.  I almost bit my husband's head off for not allowing me time to get a run in and having to stay at school longer.  I got home and didn't feel like running and now I feel guilty and like I am going to blow up and get fat.  This is probably very disordered thinking but has anyone had this happen......getting irritable when you can't run?
 

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