Right after my last half marathon I wrote this post about the things that I need to work on. I thought I’d check in and see how I’ve been progressing, as well as highlight the things I haven’t worked on!
1. I need to do more core work. My back and core hurt a lot.
My trainer and I have been slowly working on this. Due to my scoliosis, core strengthening work has to be very calculated. My lower back is still pretty weak, but I think between the work Danny and I are doing and yoga, I’m starting to make progress.
2. My hamstrings are still really tight…they need even MORE work.
I think I’ve come leaps and bounds in this area. Yoga has been the key here. I’m getting toward the point that I can almost get my heels down while doing Downward Dog.
3. My feet and ankles need a lot more strengthening.
Yoga has helped here, but there is still work to be done. As I write this, I’m rolling on a tennis ball!
4. This one is a biggie: I need to get away from my heel strike.
I don’t think this is fixable at this point in time.
5. I don’t do any speedwork. Need to fix that!
Correction: I need to run more. Or, like, at all.
6. I need to increase mileage SLOWLY.
Yes I do. And I’m not going to do that to the best of my ability this time around either, but I will be smarter about it. Staying injury free is more important that getting exactly 10 miles in on my long run.
7. I cannot cheat on my workouts. I will definitely pay for it later.
I’ve done a lot better on this. I’ve also been much better about taking my rest days so that I have the energy to complete my workouts.
8. I need to improve my nutrition.
I will never be where I want to be/should be with my nutrition. However, I have made some good corrections recently and I’m focusing so much more on my nutrition now.
All in all, I think I’ve made decent progress. I think the best thing I could do for myself is to correct my anatomical deficiencies and strengthen my supporting muscles. Dear runners: strength training and yoga are your friends!
What are some things you are working on? Have you looked back recently to see your progress?