Thursday, February 19, 2009

Anchors Away

Well, I may have spoken too soon. By Monday I only had a residual cough and some post nasal drip so I happily emailed Coach Bill that I was recovering well and ready to resume my normal routine.

Perhaps no big deal for someone whose routine is to just sit around most of the time. But for someone who was thinking she'd just bounce back to doing her workouts full force, there was still something definitely amiss!

Like who attached a big fat anchor to me so that swimming 100 yards in 2:00 would all of a sudden seem like such a chore? Who's messing with the weights at the gym making them feel heavier? Why do I sound and feel like an 800# gorilla when I run?

AAAGGGGHHHH!!!!!!

Luckily, there's someone stopping me from trying to make up sucky workouts, esp. that swim, which was my only scheduled swim workout this week and really shook my confidence. How could I have gotten so slow in just a week?

But I'm gonna stick to the plan and keep moving ahead. Thou shalt not obsess about performance so early in the game and particularly following an illness, right?

There is one thing I do feel good about so far this week, however, and that's my stretching. As you can see below, I used to be quite flexible (that's me doing the splits!).



But after a few years of not stretching regularly, my hip flexors and hammies had gotten so frickin tight I could barely touch my toes. Not good! So I started diligently stretching after lifting weights (3 times/week) and it has already seemed to make a difference. The first time I did some speed work a couple weeks ago, my right (previously injured) hammy started complaining after doing a few fast intervals of running. Today, I didn't hear a peep from it and I pushed my pace a little harder. Woohoo!

Now if I can just get rid of this darn lingering illness crap!!

24 comments:

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

I hope you recover and also get some good rest. The main thing is to feel in good shape and to enjoy the training. I had a few days last week where I really felt tired and my swimming was quite a bit slower. So I took a day or two off and instead of trying to perform at the pool I just focused on going easy at least for the first few hundred meters and then reassessing how I felt. The result has been that I start off a little more slowly and focused on technique, but gradually pick up the pace as I get warmed up and my times on the 1,000m and 1,500m distances are starting to come down without my feeling I have to force it. As Bree made it clear, the top pros are not always feeling 100%, but are gradually working towards "peaking" at an important event maybe months away so that they can give the impression that they are always on top.

Ryan said...

If I were to attempt the splits (keep in mind I have to stretch at least 5 minutes to touch my toes) you would hear me scream from there!

Rest and recover...then train yourself into the ground :-)

Petraruns said...

Sounds like you're doing all the right things and using your "low" time to add some useful stretching. LOVE the photo adn can't believe the split!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Hopefully the lingering crud will go away soon!

Wendy said...

That kind of sick really takes a lot from your body, Shirley. Things will be back to normal before you know it!

Good work on the stretching. It is often the part of our programs we let up on.

Tammy said...

Yep that lingering runny nose and the a small cough will make you feel much more tired. You can't breath as normal as if you were to not have one and not worry about it.(like your runny nose when you run)

I use to do splits too :D(must be a martial arts thing) but I still need to stretch alot more after my workouts, I've been a bit stiff lately. The Flu has a funny thing of taking all of our energy out of us and it's taking a lot longer to feel back to normal after a week. Hang in there, you'll start feeling back to normal soon.

Gotta Run said...

Obsess is my middle name these days :)

Yuck on the sickness!! Your body will be back stronger once you are fully rested and over this stuff.

That split is insane!!!

Calyx Meredith said...

Fun picture! I love stretching - probably because I'm so not naturally bendy that any stretching I do results in a huge payoff. So sorry being sick took a bigger toll than you expected but definitely don't obsess about it. You'll be back in top form soon, soon, soon!

aron said...

WOW you are flexible!!!

you will definitely feel it when coming off of being sick. way to stick it out, wont be long and you will be back to normal!

Runner Leana said...

Hope you get rid of the nasty lingering stuff too! After dealing with a sore right leg for a month or so I know I need to stretch more, particularly my hip flexors. I think stretching is like flossing...you know you should, but it seems so easy to forget...

Formulaic said...

That's a great pic! I love it.

Mkae sure you keep the pace slow and easy until you back to full strength.

You'll come back sooner than later if you take it slow.

I'm sure you know that already though :)

Susan said...

Whoa! Miss Flexible! You inspire me to stretch more!

Feel better, my friend.

Kelly said...

I hope you are feelinf better today! Being sick sucks. Take care of yourself.

Thank you for all your kind words lately. I haven't been responding to much but they mean a lot when I read them.

I need a little minature Shirley to carry in my pocket to pick me up when I'm feeling blue! Are you always so happy!!! (Not that it's a bad thing)

Jenny Davidson said...

Stretching is good! Best of luck shaking the rest of that cold...

Marathon Maritza said...

Hope you're feeling better today! Stretching is so key and I tend to pass it over or sometimes half-heartedly do it...thanks for the reminder!

Spokane Al said...

Those splits are really impressive!

X-Country2 said...

What a fun, girl power! picture. I haven't done the splits since I was 10. :o)

Hopefully you get back to full strength very very soon.

Smithposts said...

Sometimes I think being sick is the body's way of slowing us down for a rest. Take care and I am sure you will be back to 100% soon!

Great pic! While I can lay the palms of my hands on the ground without a problem, I have never been able to do the splits!

Shannon said...

Nice spits mama!

I hope you get better soon.

Brittany M. said...

Happy Hammies are great things! I should definitely stretch more. I neglect it for sure...

nylisa said...

I definitely need to get some more stretching in. That's a really cool pic!

Sunshine said...

Battling a cold here, too.. And needing to do more stetching than I have been doing since the half marathon.
You are so enthusiastic and full of energy... yes, you are! And you inspire. Go Shirley!

Maddy said...

I hope the lingering yuck passes soon.

I'm also not very good at stretching and I also feel it in my hips.

I agree with Leana, it's like flossing - we know we should do it but it's easy to forget. Yeah, I'm not very good at flossing either.

Vickie said...

Glad you're starting to feel better. Now just give yourself some time to recover. Stretching makes all the difference in the world! Especially as you get older (not saying you're old, just making a general comment!). Things on me that had been chronically tight and sore for years finally are going away because of more faithful stretching. Its all part of the game.