The blog post linked above reminded me that I'm doing some things well, but can improve on others. I am pretty good at getting in nutrition within 30-60 minutes following runs, and I think my overall diet and knowledge of nutrition is better than most. But, I am sure I could improve, so perhaps I should schedule with a nutritionist, preferably one who specializes in working with runners. Recommendations? I admit, though, that I don't want to take the time to keep a food log and I suspect this would require that!
Foam rolling has been a great tool in my arsenal, and like I said I aim to do it daily. One thing that's helped me maintain that is because Albani loves to roll with me. And, yes, we have 2 foam rollers at home and I also got one for my birthday that now stays at work! When I microwave my lunch at work I either roll or plank for a few minutes.
|This is how we roll (excuse the mismatched PJs)|
The post also inspired me to sign up for a functional movement screening that a local sports medicine clinic offers, which I had on October 28. I figured that since I want to increase my mileage during Phoenix training, identifying and working on any imbalances proactively should be a priority. No amount of hard work is helpful if you are injured prior to race day! The screening was not exactly what I expected, but I came away with some recommended exercises and release moves that I plan to work on a couple of times a week and that I hope will be beneficial! I had no major issues, but can improve my core strength in some different ways than I already work on, and loosen up the backs of my legs. I currently go to a strength/plyo bootcamp twice a week, and plan to continue that because it's really helped my strength.
I imagine it would be helpful to have additional testing done on my strength and flexibility, and I would also like to have my body fat percentage tested (every woman's nightmare, right?!). Regular massages would be nice, but I don't know when I'd fit that in. Ironically enough, the last time I had a professional massage, which was after the Portland Marathon in 2009, I remember being super busy that day, then laying on the massage table stressing about everything I needed to do and should be doing instead of getting the massage!
Other ideas? The extras can add to up more than the running part of training I think!