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Running malaise

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

I have found myself experiencing running malaise on a number of occasions. Sometimes this is due to an injury that is holding me back or an illness sapping my energy. I find that in the spring and late summer my sinuses seem to give me sufficient grief that I am not feeling running as much as I usually do. Often times it is the weather that causes me to give in to not running. Last week I was just plain tired. I just didn’t feel like doing anything. I can’t really put my finger on anything in particular, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I ran Mon and Tues and then that was it, I was done for the week. I did have a lot of music stuff going on and I have been trying to separate the music from the running so that I can be in tip top shape to play. These dyas I am doing so much performing (both rehearsal and actual events) that I have had to figure out how to do both at the same time. So far I haven’t really found myself overly tired when I run on days I play, I think limiting the running to base runs and not overly exerting myself is the answer.

So yesterday I mustered the energy to pull myself out of my chair and go for a base run and I managed to do it again today as well. So I got a good start to the week. I am hoping I can run tomorrow as well. I did just have an all day faculty meeting get rescheduled for next week (actually I was the only one who was planning on going tomorrow, good thing I checked my calendar) so I shouldn’t have too much trouble getting a run in, probably a recovery type run.

I have been adding some core exercises to my nightly stretching routine. Three versions of leg lifts in three sets of ten reps (or wherever I feel like I am done, anywhere from 5 up to ten.) This has been really good for me and I have been slowly building up my core training. In the past I’d get into it and over do it, each time ending u straining my back. This time I have been determined to go slowly and be exceptionally careful with my back. I think the work has paid off as I feel much stronger and more stable.