Earlier this week, Tuesday morning to be exact, I experienced a terrible, horrible, no good very bad run. (I can’t help but quote Alexander here).
I do believe that this bad run was entirely my fault which is actually a good thing when I think about it because at least I am able to recognize what went wrong, learn from my mistakes and share my realizations with you.
Although I only made one major runner error, I am including two other very important things we all need to remember as runners on a regular basis.
1.Don’t be dumb enough to think you can run in your burned out running shoes.
I knew this yet I still headed out in my Adidas Energy Boosts which had over 400 miles on their sorry soles.
I have been procrastinating on purchasing a new pair which is completely out of character for me and I offer no justifiable excuses for my behavior other than to tell the truth that I chose to spend my money in Bloomingdales on flip flops and moisturizer instead.
Dumb. Really dumb.
My entire lower half immediately felt Tuesday’s run, not just my feet. My legs weren’t just feeling tight, uncomfortable, shin splinty, dead and heavy, they were past dead, if such a thing exists.
I made it four miles before heading home to switch my shoes. As soon as I laced up my Mizuno Wave Enigma 5’s and went back outside, my legs came back to life but never showed up for the speed workout I had planned in my head.
I have written too often about the importance of replacing your running shoes and ignored my own advice against everything I believe in. I will never do it again. As soon as I think my running shoes are finished, that’s it. Done.
I was so angry at myself and at my shoes that I packed up the two pairs of Energy Boosts I still had in my closet and brought them immediately to Runner’s Edge, my local running store, to donate them in the Sole 4 Souls bin as well as purchase a new pair while I was there.
Of course they were out of my size so I had to order a new pair of Energy Boosts online and I am impatiently waiting their arrival.
2. Eat when you are hungry, not when the clock tells you to be hungry.
Eat your meals when you are hungry, even if it means lunch is happening at 10:20 am as it did for me on this bad run Tuesday.
Runner or not a runner, your appetite varies from day to day which you should not try to regulate by a clock.
Even though I ate my two breakfasts, my stomach was growling, my focus was missing and my legs were back to feeling achy all over.
I knew I needed a meal, not some dinky snack.
Snacks have little effect on me when I am truly ravenous so I made myself lunch while most people were still heating up breakfast and I felt magically better.
The muscles in my legs immediately stopped complaining, my focus returned to sharp and I remained full and satisfied until late in the afternoon.
I have always found that eating when I am hungry balances out for me in that I am not hungrier any earlier than if I held off eating until a more appropriate lunch time.
Bonus tip: Eat more and more often as you increase your mileage and intensity. You cannot expect to survive on the food you ate last year when you averaged 3 miles a day if now you are averaging double that!
3. Foam Roll and Stretch
Did I tell you that the guy who likes to bring me flowers gave me his foam roller? I know, right? He’s really special.
I don’t know exactly what I am doing when I foam roll but I do know that it helps the legs to feel better and loosen up.
Foam rolling, stretching (and cross-training!) are really important and should not be neglected. You think you can get by without them and maybe you can but you would feel that much better if you incorporated them all into your routine.
I know I feel a huge difference overall since starting Pure Barre last year and this foam roller thing definitely releases some of the stress in my legs that I didn’t even know was there.
Foam Rolling Tips from people who know what they are talking about:
Using Self-Myofascial Release Stategically To Prevent Injury – another great post from Lisa with lots of foam rolling options and tips!
Do you make sure to foam roll and stretch on a regular basis?
How many miles do you normally get out of your shoes?
What time do you normally eat lunch?