Less is More

The phrase "Less is More" has taken on a whole new meaning to me. For the past few weeks, I've been working out once a day, rather than the two-a-days I did for over a year. So I'm sure its no coincidence that the first 2 runs I have gone on since the marathon have felt really good. I mean, I haven't run at this pace with such ease since...well, in over a year.

Splits from Saturday's Run:

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2010-05-12_splits

Splits from Tuesday's Run:

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2010-05-12_tuessplits

In hindsight, I think, "Duh, common sense, I should've known that", but I just didn't think about it that way.

Other than running and swimming, I mostly workout in group exercise classes. I've gotten to know the instructors and the other "regulars" who go to the classes, so my workouts became more of a social thing. Instead of just designating a day for running and nothing else, I'd go to an early morning class, then save the run for the evening. So its no wonder that I haven't felt as fresh as I used to.

In other news, I finally got that post-marathon sports massage I so desperately needed. Two days after the race I had a massage, but it was more of a "flush out" because I was still so sore. Now that I'm back to normal, I had some kinks that needed to be worked out. Unfortunately, my regular massage therapist lives over an hour away in the East Bay, so I can't make it out to see her very often. Luckily, I was able to book an appointment with one of the therapists who comes to my office for the weekly "Chair Massage Perks At Work."

It was one of the best sports massages I've ever had. There were a lot of areas in my body that I felt it was holding me back during my workouts (not just running). She really worked out all the knots, especially in my hips, glutes and scapula. She was amazing and will definitely be my "go-to" when I can't make it out to see Heather. If you're based in the Bay Area and looking for a sports massage therapist, contact me and I'll pass along the recommendations!