Thursday, January 8, 2009

TIaRT: Training Dos and Dont's

Another TIaRT brought to you by me, courtesy of the great folks over at Runner's Lounge.

I've run a few marathons here and there and there are some things that I've really come to live by when it comes to training dos and don't.

Training Do: Two rules of thumb for me are rest and stretch. I need a day of rest at least 2 or 3 days of straight running for my body to recover. And, I always try to stretch. I noticed I'm much more prone to injury if I don't follow my "do" rules! Fortunately for me, I haven't had any major injuries to put me out so I'm going to stick to these two for now.

Training Don't: Don't over do it. I know my body and I try not to over do it. In another words, I don't over train. Not that I ever had a chance to overtrain but I don't plan to either. That's a pretty easy one to follow, too. :-)

So I followed my "do" yesterday and took a rest day. Today is a running day for me and is planning a 6 miler at lunch time. I haven't had a chance to hit a long run midweek, yet. Next week, I plan to throw in a 9 or 10 miler Tuesday or Thursday. Wish me luck!

Also, thank you for all of you who were concerned about my little accident on the stationary bike earlier on Monday. I'm definitely recovering but sad to report there is a nasty bruise *there*. I am such a clutz!

OH and I did it. I signed up for the Napa Valley Marathon on March 1st!!! Let the training begin!

32 comments:

  1. Congratulations on registering for Napa!

    Definitely agree with your do's and don't's. I have no problem with resting, but need to work on the stretching.

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  2. WOOO on napa!!! :)

    your dos and donts are right on! i can totally tell when i am doing my stretching and when i am not... and i also agree 100% on the rest days. i try not to run more than 3 days in a row.

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  3. I think sometimes it is the simpliest things that make a difference. Great list. A March marathon isn't that far away!! How exciting.

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  4. Woooo-hoo for Napa...I bet that will be a beautiful race!

    I'm all about the days off, especially when I hurt my knee...I'm trying to become someone who listens to their body more instead of one that hammers through whatever.

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  5. i totally agree on the stretching!!! i'm really trying to make this a priority b/c it has such a huge effect on me. AWESOME about napa! i bet it's a really pretty course. and so cool you can run at lunchtime!

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  6. You have a bruise "there" now?!? Ooohhhhh your poor Pam!!

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  7. Congrats on signing up for the marathon!!

    Oh, and SOOO sorry about the bruise. Ouch.

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  8. Congratulations on signing up.. I need to bring myself to doing that.

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  9. I definitely want to do Napa someday-- looks beautiful. Well, I can't wait to "watch" you do it, at least. Congrats on signing up. And-- I will DEFINITELY heed your training rules. No significant injuries? Hey, I'll take a bruise *there* in exchange for THAT.

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  10. Wow Napa Marathon! Awesome! Too bad about the bruise! you need to be careful!! I want to try and do a long run in the middle of the week! someday!

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  11. Smart post.

    Napa is on my Bucket List fo SHO!

    Sorry about your HooHoo bruise.

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  12. that's very exciting! wine tasting would be such a nice post-marathon treat. time to start calling french laundry for your celebration dinner :)
    good luck with your run!

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  13. Yay for Napa!

    I am the same about a day off for every 2-3 days of straight running, but I'm terrible about stretching. I'm trying to get in the habit of it right after my runs.

    I'm sorry about your bruise, but I'm glad that you're not in worse shape. That sounded like a doozy.

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  14. Why is stretching so hard to work in? I struggle with it too! Congrats on the race!

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  15. March is going to be here so quick!

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  16. you go girl! Napa will be amazing I am sure of it!!! and yes stretch, stretch and more stretching! I need to remind myself of this all the time :) but it makes the world of difference!!!

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  17. YAY!! I will see you at Napa! Very cool!

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  18. You're going to rock Napa!

    Question for you - do you incorporate cross training, or do you just stick to running days and rest days?

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  19. Same question as Running Knitter!

    Congratulations on signing up for Napa. I bet that is an awesome marathon.

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  20. Congrats, good luck in training for Napa!

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  21. How exciting! I can't wait to hear how you do! Good luck!

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  22. i just realized that my rss feeds weren't showing your updates! I love how you say that you've done a few marathons here and there... so casually! Nice! :o) Congrats on signing up for Napa!

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  23. Yeay for signing up for Napa! Happy training :)

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  24. Ooo! I'm sad I'm not doing napa :(

    Thanks for the training advice...I need it! :)

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  25. ok I am so jelouse, good luck girl!

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  26. I would love to design you one! If you want start looking for 'scrapbook paper' online. Any such pattern you like. Then look for a softer color for the middle of your blog! Its super fun and i would totally love making one for you! :)

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  27. very smart on the dos and dont's list...listen to your body, it will tell you when you need rest, and will keep you from overdoing it...

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  28. Good job signing up for the marathon! I love your list of dos and don'ts they are simple and I can see how they make all of the difference.

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  29. Love your dos and don'ts- and even more than that I love that you were featured on the RL!

    Congrats on registering for Napa!!

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  30. Ooh, napa should be so much fun. Don't forget the wine glass, haha.

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  31. Yay for napa valley! I love your tips and have to get better about stretching!

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  32. I'm so glad you're feeling better! thanks for the tips, and woo-hoo for Napa!

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