My hips don’t lie…or my knees, ankles, shins, quads, glutes…..
Ok! So I’m 17 days away from the CIM (California International Marathon). I’m hungry ALL the time & everything is pretty sore. I did abs on Monday and they still hurt. The biggest thing I’m noticing is I’M TIRED. If I stop moving, I’m asleep. I have never been someone who needs tons of sleep – usually 6 hours a night is fine. Lately this is so not the case.
Last Saturday I did my 20 miler and everything felt fine. Sunday afternoon, I noticed the back of my left knee hurt a little. I decided to take Monday as a running rest day. I tried running on Tuesday and it still didn’t feel great. I went to the chiropractor Tuesday afternoon and she adjusted my left hip – as it was out of alignment. Wednesday, I went to my ART guy, and he was feeling like my meniscus was stuck under my IT band (EW).
Anyway – the moral of the story is that I am SO glad I listened to my body and took it easy and took the rest days from running. If not, I could have torn it or really hurt the ligaments and tendons around my knee. With the taper – there is really nothing more you can do to help yourself. You aren’t going to “train” anymore. But it is SO true what people say that you can easily do a lot of things to hurt yourself. This is not the time to mess around. Be a good patient and treat yourself like an athlete (even if I still feel like an imposter saying I’m an athlete HA).
This morning I did 6 easy miles outside in the city. The back of my knee (p.s. is there even a name for this body part?) felt okay, but it is a little tight and sore tonight. So, I’m going to do the sucky, hard, stressful thing and keep resting it and see what happens.
Having strong hips with a good range of motion is so important and will alleviate a lot of these issues from cropping up. After this race, the plan is to start deadlifting and squatting much heavier weight to improve that.
Sidebar – lifting heavy weight will not make you thick or manly looking. The reasons guys get larger muscles than ladies is because they have enough testosterone to do so. With less testosterone, women have to work VERY VERY VERY hard at being in a caloric surplus, lifting and not doing any cardio to gain that muscle. Lifting heavy will help you gain some muscle though, which will increase your metabolism and that means you get to eat more.