Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Back at MCP and first cupping experience

Monday Jan 20: Off
Tuesday Jan 21: 60 min spin session & mini weight training session
Wednesday Jan 22: Weight training and ankle rehab session
Thursday Jan 23: 60 min spin session
Friday Jan 24: Marin County Parks
Saturday Jan 25: 30 min run at CCSF Track & cupping therapy.
Sunday Jan 26: Off

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January 9 - January 19

Thursday 9: 60 min spin
Friday 10:
Saturday 11: 60 min spin & ankle rehab session
Sunday 12: Ankle rehab session
Monday 13: 60 min spin
Tuesday 14: Ankle rehab session & strength training session
Wednesday 15: 60 min spin & 60 min walk on track
Thursday 16: 40 min walk on track
Friday 17: 60 min spin & 40 min walk at track
Saturday 18: 
Sunday 19: 50 min spin & 60 min walk at Marin w/ Eric & Ana

Injury update.

Is been a long time since i have posted any updates on this blog. For awhile i was forced to prioritize my time and energy to other areas in my life not to say more important but more important for the moment.

One update on my "injury" is that i'm getting better from my ankle injury. I have seen more progress in the last two weeks than i did in the previous 9 months. What was my injury? Initially it was a nasty ankle sprain that healed with almost no rehab whatsoever. My bad! After that, i got into a cycle of fear with every step that took me to loose confidence on my body and agility. This is a condition that Joe Uhan extensibly wrote about on one of his Irunfar articles. To make it short, this is a mental thing. After an injury, your brain sends messages that give a warning of potential danger in the affected area. I caught myself clenching certain muscles on my legs and that causes compensation by another and creates an imbalance that just gets worst with time. This causes pain and inflammation and  prevents it from healing properly. Check it out in this link.

Another update is that i have been active on my fitness for the last four months. And for this reason i feel stronger than i have been in the entire time i have been running ultras. I have worked on the specific, small things, as with the larger things too. The only thing i have not done enough is on mobility, the reason is because of my injury obviously. I am excited about 2014 and the races i have registered for and that's precisely my next update.

I registered for four races for the first half of the year.
Feb- Golden Gate 50k
Mar- Way Too Cool 50k
Apr- Grizzly Peak 50k
May- Miwok 100k
I may or may not run the Golden Gate, i will have to make a decision as i get closer to the date. It should be a good 2014.

One thing i want to point out is that i have found a training routine/schedule that works very well for me. I have found that on my race training before this injury i used to run or do something every day and i was going into trainings exhausted. Now i have been doing a specific training every other day and i feel great, with lots of energy to push beyond to 90 to 100% of my max. Before i wasn't able to do that because i was exhausted to begin with. This i giving me good results. I try to fill in the days i don't train with stretching, icing, foam rolling and all of the other important stuff that complements a runner's life.