I am linking up with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice for December’s Runfessions.
I know the value of going outside my comfort zone. In work and in my personal life
I like to think I make an effort to push the boundaries. I am the first to raise my hand to manage a new project at work, I will take on a volunteering project at my daughter’s school, I will try a new restaurant, or go to a party where I don’t know many people. Having new experiences, meeting new people, traveling to a new country, trying new foods… anything to challenge the daily status quo is important to me. It helps me be a better, more tolerant, open minded person, not to mention my constant need for variety.
However, if I have to admit it, deep down, I thrive on routine. I think this is even more true when it comes to running. Because I have been injured in the past, I am superstitious about changing things up too much, afraid to be “out for the season”.
I don’t change my shoes (make / model) often. I have been running in Brooks GTS for 3 or 4 years now and have been injury free. As I am in the middle of marathon training and am so
totally obsessed paranoid with staying injury free, I just bought my third pair of last year’s model, to have them, “just in case” my two other pairs are run down.
I do the exact same dynamic warm up exercises before I run. Butt kicks, high knees, ankle circles, lunges… It kick starts my joints and has helped in injury prevention.
After my dynamic warm up I faithfully stretch my shin, calf and soleus muscles. I am plagued by a tight right shin, so even if I have very little time, those 3 muscles always get attention. Prevention or paranoia ?
I start off my run in the same spot every time. Because I live in a city, my GPS watch can be finicky with picking up the signal, but I know one spot where it will pick up the signal 9 times out of 10. So I always start there. The height of the sidewalk is also perfect to stretch the previously mentioned calf.
I start off my run with 15 to 20 minutes of alternating run/walk to warm up. If I do not do this, guaranteed my right shin muscle will tighten right up (am I sounding like a broken record ?)
The one thing I vary regularly is my route. I am lucky to live near a huge park / wooded forest and since I get really bored running the same route, I have lots of routes to choose from.
However, I usually finish my run around the pond (on the left) as I know the distance around it, the distance to home, so it helps me finish off my time / milage.
Are you a creature of habit when it comes to running ?