So – no running, although after some rest I can even manage to run without pain, so I wonder if it would be ok :). But I can cycle (I’ll do it indoors) and swim (waiting for local indoor pool to open).
I am also waiting for another appointment with specialist on 26th. Counting days :/
After everything is well and done I plan to do intensive Chi running to really work on running form. Need to relieve knee.
The knee is getting better, but still no running for me. I resorted to a lot of strength workouts. Also added some workouts for legs, but I really need to be careful.
I already decided to try cycle yesterday, but was too late and the sun was just too hot, so today was the right day. It went smooth as silk and had no knee issues. What is even better is that I managed to include speed workouts and raised speed to 40 km/h. Yeeeahhhaaa.
All this running and strength work is finally showing.
Getting back to training. Some strength, running as much as possible and it’ll be cycle in a few minutes.
Flu made me think: according to Brett I need to think about supplementing on probiotics to get my system bulletproof. I will be looking into it, since I can’t afford to get sick again. Not to mention you feel like s**t.
I went for a run on Wednesday, continued with cycling session on Thursday and running on Friday.
Took the Saturday off and since I was working on that day – it came handy. Unfortunately work involved a lot of standing so I already had some aching leg muscles, but nothing major, so the plan was: running on Sunday, again.
And then the Saturday night came and I went to bed after setting an alarm clock for 7 am, to start a morning run… but during the night calf cramps appeared in my left leg and they stopped only if I was lying on the side.
After waking up (before the alarm clock) I just removed the settings for the alarm at 7am since legs “told” me, not to go for a run.
When waking up in the morning I used Horse balm for the calf and ate pumpkin seeds for magnesium. I would use magnesium pills or ointment, but have nothing in the house (need to buy some :)).
I have heard recommendations to stretch before a workout, which sounded a bit odd since I always took stretching as a relaxing activity and the last thing I need before workout is relaxing muscles (not talking about mind here).
Some time ago I talked with an osteopath ( also masseuse, teacher …) and he confirmed my suspicion (not to mention peer-reviewed articles). To start an activity you need to fire up muscles with warming up and stretching should come at the end of the workout.
So there – and I even saw a video recently talking about stretching hamstrings before a run.
Maybe the title “GI issues and running” would be better, since I get GI issues mostly when running…. although swimming after eating dairy product is a no no too.
When training I tend not to eat at least two hours before I go for a run. I usually go for a run in the middle of the morning and breakfast is already far far away, so I’m good with that.
I also found out that going for a run immediately doesn’t help with my run, but it helps with getting me fast to home :/
So during the time I am training I don’t really think about sport drinks and other sport related beverages, foods and stuff I don’t even know where they come from. I was wondering what to eat when I did my first 21k and if I remember correctly I tried to eat gel (got it free).
With gel, or anything you want to eat, during a race you really need to experiment during your training, just to see how the stomach is coping.
…the word on the streets was that you don’t need to eat anything during first 2 hours of running and since I managed to squeeze in 21k in 2 hours .. voila. Perfect for not eating during the run… and IT WORKS. And since I hate eating artificial stuff, or at least, stuff that are really far away from the “real food” it was really good. But since I’m currently preparing for marathon (and olympic triathlon) I guess I will have to look into “let’s get something beside water” and I will have to try mixing water and honey or water and apple juice. Honey or apple juice should be in really small ratio to water (to 6% or something).
As I said – testing, testing, testing. The first test will be with long, long cycling tour.