So, I'm in full-blown half marathon training. With training comes the usual aches and pains. They are like relatives you hope will forget to visit - imagine Randy Quaid in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. They set up camp and refuse to leave, wreaking havoc and are just plain annoying.
I don't know about you, but I spend a lot of time trying to prevent these aches and pains by doing full body training when I'm not running as much. Lots of core training, lunges and balancing exercises.
But, alas, I can't ever prevent all of them. This year my left Achilles is probably going to steal the show, with the left knee coming in a close second. Last year it was my left third toe which was black for 3 months after the race (wearing two pairs of socks has helped that this year) with left knee again coming in second.
How do you deal with your training aches and pains? I ice, Biofreeze, foam roll and try to strengthen all the while attempting to stay away from pain relievers as I've always found they don't help any more than icing. But, mentally how do you deal with them? Do you just accept them for what they are? Try to ignore them and spend a little time in denial land until the race is over?
I've got six weeks to go with my little friends, hoping they don't turn into bigger problems. Would love to hear about your "favorite" (trying to stay positive) running ache/pain and how you deal with it?
C'mon Sweaters, please comment with some tips or a little community inspiration :).
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