Friday, March 4, 2011

The key is to be flexible

While I’ve heard this several times over in my new job, I’m really looking at flexibility in some new ways.

I know the key to my post run recovery day happiness will be if I can stretch out my stiff hips. I know my IT band is the route of all evil to my left side. I’m also figuring out my left side big toe just does not want to stay flat while I run, causing my shin to get super tired. From all the reading I’ve been doing the main suggestion is stretching.

I’ve picked up a few stretches along the way from tried and true websites, videos, and personal trainers. Yet stretching my hip flexors and my IT band remain the hardest areas to fully stretch out. It would be alright if most of my daily job wasn’t sitting at a desk for 8 hours, with a 1 hour morning & evening commute where I’m sitting stationary as well.

I am taking a look at a sports stretching class ($95) at Back in Balance Massage in Latham and I’ve found a few new stretches to try from the book 4 Hour Body I’ve thought about Yoga but I’m just not there yet.

I woke up sore and I’ve been at work for an hour or so and already feel my body just tightening up. I know that I will get used to all of it again. I’m just having a spell of complaining, followed by slow movement while I am at the house and my parents commenting on it. I have a run on Saturday that I am hoping the scattered showers stay away from while I am running. Just because I’ve taken on the battle of running in cold weather doesn’t mean that I will enjoy cold wet weather mother nature.

The weekend is always my challenge. It a food challenge, an alcohol challenge, and a motivation challenge. I know I’ll get up and run on Saturday just keep those fingers crossed and keep singing Blind Melon’s “No Rain” for me.


  1. Good work not letting the soreness get in the way. Have you tried yoga for flexibility? I've found that and Pilates very helpful... When the soreness has gotten out of hand, I've also had benefits from therapeutic massage and chiro. I even did physical therapy for trouble with my feet and shins. Training can be really tough on your body in unexpected ways! Best of luck, Holly.

  2. I haven't tried yoga yet. i dislike large classes and am afraid that i won't do it correctly if i'm at home. I have a friend who teaches so I'm going to talk to her about setting up something.

    I just know I need to be smarter about it this time around instead of being all willy nilly.

  3. Hollie -

    Save your money on the stretching class. There's a blog/vlog I use when I have nasty tissue issues. It's been helpful for me with muscle soreness and mobility range. The guy has a Ph.D in Physical Therapy and usually posts something new daily. Search around through old posts and I'm sure you'll find something that'll address what you need. -MB

  4. Thanks for the information. I'm going to check out the website today. I also know that eventually I will be writing an entire post about you champ because of all the little tips you keep giving me!