Continuing on from my last post of recapping the past few weeks of running... CIM Week 6, Sept 8 - 14:
The week after the Giant Race was all about recovery. Being that it was my first double digit run in 10 months the DOMS was real - especially in my hips, quds and hammys.
I got a massage from my massage therapist, took an extra rest day and also saw Dr. Eva, my chiro for some ART and adjustments.
I also had a follow-up visit with Dr. Ponce. Back in January she had me do a saliva test to see what my cortisol levels were. Now that I was getting into double digit miles again she wanted me to do a follow-up test for comparison.
What she didn’t tell me at the time was that my test results from January were the second highest levels she’s ever seen (she didn’t want to alarm me with just how messed up I was). The results from this recent test were much, much improved. However, my adrenal hormone levels were still a little off. And my gall bladder wasn't fully functioning which is why I’m still bloated. She adjusted my supplements to address these issues.
CIM Week 7, Sept 15-21:
I continue to struggle with GI issues. It was particularly bad this week and I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t eat marinara sauce - it upsets my stomach too much (running or not).
I also struggled with time management. During this particular week it was challenging to fit in the workouts, keep up with work responsibilities and of course Coco and social time.
One new thing I did this week was change how I “foam roll.” I often feel like rolling on the floor is too intense in some areas (hello Upper IT band) so I’ve been experimenting with ways to modify it.
I went back to using my Yoga Tune-Up ball and rolling out my quads, glutes, hips and even rhomboids while standing against a wall. I found that its so much more effective for rolling out the kinks.
CIM Week 8, Sept 22-28:
Months ago, when I joined my new gym, it came with a complimentary private Pilates session. I didn’t schedule it until this week (after they kept hounding me to do so).
I met with the instructor at the gym’s studio for a 1-hour session. OMG it was so good. We did the basic Reformer and Cadillac exercises. I was so amazed to see that they hit all the areas where I always have muscle imbalances (hips, back, glutes, etc). And as a plus, the workout also stretched out my back and hammys.
By the end of the session I was hooked and dished out big bucks for 12 more private sessions. I’ve scheduled them for once a week which will take me through the end of the year.
At the end of the week I flew out to NYC for a work trip. I got in on Saturday evening when it was still 80-degrees at 11 pm.
I did my long run the next morning in Central Park. I was going to run with my cousin Michi, who is training for NYCM, but I couldn’t get up early so she left without me. I forced myself out the door at 10ish am and felt the thick humidity.
My schedule said to run 10-miles but I only managed nine - with a lot of walking. If I lived in NYC I would not be a runner. I melt in heat and crumble in humidity.
CIM Week 9, Sept 29 - Oct 5:
I remained in NYC through the following week. I was busy with work commitments but did manage to fit in another run. I started running on the West Side Highway and made my way to Central Park. It wasn’t as hot as it had been on Sunday. I noted that Central Park is great for CIM training - so many rolling hills.
At the end of the week I came home to a heat wave in the Bay Area. I just couldn't escape the misery.
I did my long run at Sawyers Camp because there was a music festival in Golden Gate Park. It was hot, I got covered with bug bites and battled a cold the entire time. It took me HOURS to rehydrate from this one.
CIM Week 10, Oct 6 - 12:
I did my long run at Sawyers Camp again and like last week, it was hot. I got more bug bites and it was a strugglefest. Again. It hit me just how hard long distance running is. It was foolish of me to expect to be back where I was last year after just a few runs. After all, this run was just my third double digit run in 10 months. Yet, while it was humbling, this realization helped me take off any pressure that I was putting on myself.
And oh yeah, I am still struggling with fueling on the long run. I get bat-crazy hungry by the end of it.
CIM Week 11, Oct 13-20:
I had heard that infrared saunas are great for recovery. And it just so happens that Dr Ponce has a sauna in her office, so I booked my first session in it for Monday, the day after my long run.
The irony is not lost on me that for someone who crumbles in heat, I’m using heat for recovery.
The best way for me to describe the experience is to say that its like going to Bikram Yoga without having to do all the poses - just savasana for a full hour. The sweating was intense and I had to step out every 15-min. I also drank an entire bottle of water.
After the session I felt refreshed and rejuvenated, like how I always felt after a Bikram class. But other than that, I didn’t feel the amazing recovery I expected.
At the end of the week I returned to Golden Gate Park for a 15-mile run. After three weeks of gross, hot weather, I was finally treated to some cool fog. It was running heaven.
And for once, I didn’t feel intimidated by the distance. Mentally I broke it up into three 5-milers and just took it easy, enjoying the miles.
Other than GI issues that attacked my gut after eating a gel on Mile 10, the rest of the run went great. Legs and lungs both felt good and I didn’t feel any post-run stiff or soreness.
It was a great way to end the week. Maybe that infrared sauna did make a difference after all.