Race Weekend

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Friday, April 15, 2016 - 19:15

Wrapping up a solid week of recovery and heading into race weekend, this is a good time to review the run build to the season. My goals for the early part of 2016 were to build the run fitness, try to set a new half-marathon best, and come to Boston ready to enjoy the race. While it might seem a bit odd, the Boston Marathon is not a primary goal of the season. The goal surrounding this race is to throw in a demanding run and then focus on recovery to get to the tri season in the best shape possible. 

Together with Dr. Todd, we've been working on stabilizing my core, strengthening the hip flexors, and helping the body deal with the different strains of training. As a teacher, I enjoy a spring break just like my students. This was prime time for an uptick in training and intensity. As a result, Dr. Todd and I saw a bit more of each other recently and really worked out the kinks. This week has been both a mental and physical recovery week. We worked on the hip flexors, paid attention to a tendonitis issue in my left foot, and loosened up my back. I went for a pre-race tempo run today and floated along for 3 miles at 6:15 pace. It was a great feeling. 

Races present all types of possibilities and opportunities. Boston has a clear place in the season for me and is a launching pad for the rest of the year. I'm looking forward to the race, spending some time outside cruising the streets of the greater Boston area, and especially the NormaTec boots on Wednesday morning. Thanks for all the race week work, Dr. Todd! See you on the other side. 

The Roller Is Not Just for Post-Workout Recovery

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 20:45

Rollers can be great to help work out kinks during training. An achy muscle, tight back, or sore ligament can definitely be addressed through some targeted rolling. But, that's not it. I've come to find that the roller can actually help pre-workout as well. Rather than spending time on a slow warm-up, I've started to roll out my legs before rides and runs and it's been a huge help. I can start my workouts with clear legs and a focus in the body to be more effecient and effective. 

Several years ago, I wrecked on my bike and banged up my shoulder. It still causes me some problems. Dr. Todd listened to this, watched my movement, and gave some pointers on using the roller to stretch out the shoulder area and break up the scar tissue. This is particularly important based on the swimming stress put on the shoulder as well as the core development we're focusing on during the off-season. By pairing the roller both before and after workouts, I'm looser, a bit more flexible, and more effectively ready to go for workouts. It's been great to utilize a training tool in a more productive manner and add to recovery. 

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