First blog post. The immediate topic that comes to mind is my summer project. I have signed up for my first ultra race in Sept - The Vermont 50 (k). I have been wanting to take on the challenge of an ultra because I think the mental toughness, hills and trails will come together and work well for me. I know I cannot keep up with the tiny, road runners so this could be my jam. That being said, I have worried about the multiple weeks of increased mileage that would be required to train properly.
As a PT, I lecture and remind (too often) my active patients that the key to staying healthy with sports that involve repetitive motion and impact through the joints (running, hiking, skiing, etc.). The sometimes tedious exercises that target the important small stabilizing muscles and mobility work - stretching/yoga - are what will keep you out on the trail longer.
Now the hypocrite point - I am the first person to skip out on core and stretching. I do not know why but I would rather run 2 hours than do 20 minutes of core. And I know I'm not the only one. Therefore I found a really comprehensive training plan written Krissy Moehl - Running Your First Ultra. She is a legend in ultra running and I had the opportunity to meet her last summer as she helped pace Scott Jurek who set the FKT for the Appalachian Trial. There is core/strengthening 2+ times per week, yoga suggest 1 time per week and a doable and varied run workout plan. I work 40 hours a week and so far (6 weeks in) I have not had trouble fitting the runs into my day.
This morning I ran around and around our local track doing 6 x 5 min. efforts at my 10K pace (maybe a little faster) and I actually enjoyed it; a few months ago I would have laughed at this joy. No aches and pains!
This project is a test. A test to see how well I am prepared come the end of September and I want to personally find out if the 'tedious' core, stretching and appropriate resting really keeps me pain free. I will be checking in on the blog with updates. And it will keep me more honest. I am being 75% - 85% adherent to the core and stretching and it is paying off so far.