I'm being as proactive as I can, but I'm also reevaluating things along the way and am willing to make changes as necessary. Here's what I've done, here's what I'm doing, and here's what I'm changing.
- Lost weight so I have less body to haul around as I run
- Started eating more protein (something I was not very diligent about)
- Began cross training before our season began
- Taking fish oil everyday, which seems to help with joint aches
- Drinking a protein shake within 30 minutes of working out (most of the time)
- Wearing compression shorts* after I've run
- Rolling my tight calves with The Stick - this works best when Jeff does this for me as he can apply more pressure
- Using the newly-discovered glute machine at the gym in hopes that stronger glutes will help with my hamstring issue
- Massage - I'd like to pluralize that, but so far I've only had one this season. However, I think they help a lot, so I'm going to force myself to do this at least once a month until the race, and just work that cost into my budget somehow.
- Still working at losing weight - lighter is better when it comes to running
- Easing up on the number of times I cross train each week. I went to PF five times a week for about two and a half months, but started to feel really fatigued - I bumped up my mileage without thinking that I should cut back on the gym. I'm going 2 -3 times a week now.
- Stopping the hill repeat workouts. I hated to do that because I know they are really beneficial to my training, but I began to notice that my standard twinge that was leftover from my hamstring injury last year was becoming more than a twinge, and it started radiating down the back of my thigh - eek! Hill repeats are not recommended if you have a hamstring issue, and I knew that, but I wanted to follow the training schedule. It took some encouraging confirmation from my online running coach to make this OK in my head - no more hill repeats for me.