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Endless Options! How To Choose? December 4, 2009

Posted by Richard Lowe in Thoughts & Musings.
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Friday’s a designated day off anyway and I’m happy to take another day of rest before tomorrow’s run with LA Roadrunners. Even though my hip is doing much, much better than yesterday, resting it today will help tremendously.

I spoke with my physical therapist friend Danh, who gave me some good advice to combat piriformis. He suggested I get a foam roller to massage out the tightness, while also working on strengthening my lower abs. So, despite the 200+ crunches I do after my runs, turns out it’s still not enough because regular crunches don’t target my lower abs. Sheesh. I feel like I’m adding training here and there and it’s still not enough! I don’t understand how the regular person who can’t dedicate 8 hours a day to marathon training can do it properly!

I guess the secret is to do whatever training helps you the most. The options are endless, really. I mean, I looked up lower ab exercises and there were literally 10 different ways to work them. So it’s a matter of picking and choosing the best exercises that work for your body and running style. Pick the regime that will target weaker areas of your body—for me, it’s my hips—and do those whenever you can get them in. Until I’m a fully-sponsored marathon runner*, this is the advice I’ll have to follow!

Also, made some black beans—a trusted superfood—with some chicken sausage and kamut and spelt toast on the side. Delicious.

*My goal is not to be a fully-sponsored marathon runner, by the way.


1. Nancy - December 7, 2009

Hi, Richard!

I hope you’re doing better. One of the pace leaders suggested that we get the foam roller too–She recommended it for the IT band, quads and back. She said that rolling the IT band is so painful, but very useful.

I also read someplace (forgot where) about the importance of having a strong core for running. And yes, I understand, I hardly have time to do the weekly runs, much less do anything else.

I hope the piriformis is nothing serious–it sure sounds painful though. I am struggling too. I think I have a Baker’s cyst. Oh, well!

Hope you have a fun rainy week.

RJL - December 7, 2009

Yeah, I’m doing better! Thanks! Saturday wasn’t so bad–much better than I thought it would be.

Can’t believe it’s going to be rainy. I love the rain, just not when I need to run! Going to the gym is horrible!

Have a good week, too!

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