Monday, 7 March 2011

Oh Bugger!

As it's less than a week now until my 10k (Sunday 13th if you're interested) I thought i'd best keep the running to a reasonable minimum, not so little that i'm not working myself but not so much that i'm going to cause myself an injury. I thought a nice 3-4 mile run would suffice and keep me nice and loose.

I got a little over a mile and my calfs were beginning to feel a bit stiff, I thought this to be nothing unusual as it happens sometimes and doesn't affect me, however tonight was a different story. My calfs got so tight that I had to walk for a bit and after re-commencing the running, after about half a mile, I got a pain in my shin that left me walking the rest of the way home!

Thinking that this is going to completely bugger my race on sunday I thought long and hard about what I may have done differently that could cause my legs to stiffen like they did. I ate the same foods, at pretty much the same time as I usually do on a weekday at work, I was up and down all day so my legs should have been pretty warm, I wear the same trainers so i know it wasn't them and then I remembered.......I forgot to stretch!

So people, lesson number 1: Stretch before running. Just a little bit. I usually do some lunges, then running on the spot, kicking my heels up to hit my bum.

So next time, I shall remember to stretch and hopefully won't run in to this problem again (no pun intended)

Until next time people!!


Maximo Park - Our Velocity
Tinie Tempah ft. Eric Turner - Written in the Stars
Hadouken! - Mecha Love
Pendulum - Blood Sugar
Pendulum - Fasten Your Seatbelt (Live from Brixton Academy)
Pendulum - Salt in the Wounds
Pendulum - Crush
Pendulum - The Island Pt 1
Pendulum - The Island Pt 2
Pendulum - Slam
Pendulum - Tarantula

1 comment:

  1. Take a few days off - nothing you can do from now until race day anyway that will prepare you any more.

    Someone told me once that runners should have the first and foremost priority of remaining uninjured than trying to make the most of every session.