When I started training for the Princess Half Marathon, I was having back aches that would have me feeling pretty much crippled for days. I knew I needed to consistently focus on my form when I ran, making sure that I wasn’t hunching back and focused on keeping my back straight. The more I focused on my form when running, the less my body ached. I needed desperately to work on my core. During the Princess Half Marathon, the thing that ached most were my hips – I’d made sure to correct my posture, taped my knee (thank God for KT Tape, seriously!), but my hips hurt so bad that I was limping all through the Disney Parks. It is possible I may be experiencing from iliotibial (IT) band issues.
Developing a strong core has proven effective not only by increasing running performance, but by decreasing running injuries. My goals for the month of March are to focus on my core and include some Pilates exercises and stretch more.
1) Continue running 3x/week, with one long run on a weekend day.
2) On non-running days, incorporate weight training and/or pilates.
3) Pay a visit to a sports medicine specialist (possible IT Band issues?)
4) Drink more water!
Another goal is to update this blog more often 🙂