I actually ran yesterday! I am so thankful I chose to take Wednesday off (see yesterday’s post). As I waffled in indecision, my Lovely Wife stepped in and helped me to finally decide not to run. She is always supportive and wise. I should listen to her more often!
Yesterday was a good run overall. I got in my 5 miles in 95 degree index temperature. It seemed hotter than that to me.
The run went well. My hip and achilles started out hurting quite a bit, but after a mile or so of warm up they loosened and then no problem. My first mile was at 9:46 and my last was at 8:23 so as I got loose, I got faster. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am not using my phone to tell me my pace. In fact yesterday I didn’t even look at it. I just ran what I wanted to run and it worked out. I ended up with an 8:56 overall pace. Not bad in the summer heat.
A coworker and fellow runner gave me a massage ball to try using on my hips and back. It is about the size of a tennis ball but harder. I gave it a try last night before bed as we watched some TV. I just put it between the bed and my hip and put pressure where the pain was. I moved it some and also put it between the bed and my calf muscle some. This morning I am moving better than most mornings. I think this might have really helped, but I can’t tell for sure until I try it for a few days.
I have a foam roller but don’t use it much. This ball was convenient and easy to use. I could pinpoint my pain and just let it sit in place for a while. It is called a Trigger Point Massage Ball. He purchased it in a local running store for about $20. I assume a tennis ball would also work, but this was much denser and was easy to dig into my hip even on the bed. Time will tell.
A week from today we leave for the marathon. Wow, it will be here before we know it.
My labrador has one of those hard rubbery type balls and I swear it’s the best thing ever. 😉
Ha. I might have to get one for “The Dog”!
So pleased that your run went well, and you’re feeling the benefit of your day away from the pavements. ::)
Thank you!!! Yes, it was nice. It is 100 degrees outside today. Makes me want to take another day. I don’t think that will happen though. 🙂
Ooh, that’s too hot: it’s about 60 ish here… Sorry!
Wow. It will be 2 months before we see those temps. I’m jealous.
One week? One week? I can’t believe it.
You and me both 🙂 It always seemed so far away!!!
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Wow, not long now before the big day! Good luck, you trained hard, I’m positive all will go well!
Thank you. That means a lot. I was taking to my brother on the phone yesterday about the race and realized that I honestly don’t think I could have done more to prepare. What will be will be. Thanks for the encouragement!!!
Great idea! I have a foam roller also, but even knowing it helps things, I still don’t use it nearly as often as I should!
I’m too lazy to use my roller on the floor. 🙂 it makes it easier to use this ball on my bed at night or when I sit in a chair in the morning.
Same here, I am going to give the ball a try! 🙂