I hope all of you are being treated to the same beautiful weather I am experiencing! I am pretty sure this is the first time ever I have run outside in February in shorts and a tank. The tendon injury I was experiencing last week thankfully has subsided, and I have been able to complete all of my scheduled runs this week without any issues, including a tempo run yesterday. Tuesday I saw my dry needling guru and she located a lot of tight areas in my calf that were likely the source of the problem. I'll see her a few more times over the next few weeks to make sure things stay on track.
In one of my recent posts I mentioned my new love of podcasts, and thank you for the recommendations you gave me! I recently listened to one of Tina Muir's Run to the Top Podcasts that I found very interesting. The topic was how to keep achieving PR's into your 40's and beyond. If you want to check it out, you can search for The Female Masters Edition. Tina interviewed Bennett Cohen, a coach who specializes in coaching women ages 40 to 70+. His website can be found at: www.iawr-connect.comCohen shared some stories of his athletes in this age range who achieved PR's, and how they went about doing it. Below were my main takeaways:
- Women over 40 need more rest days and take longer to recover from hard work outs than men, and also women under 40. This will likely be the hardest one for me to accept!
- Choose quality over quantity. This means rather than running all the miles, bang out those repeats, intervals, and tempo runs, and follow it up with a rest day or cross training. Biking and swimming are great forms of cross training.
- Running specific strength training is crucial for preventing injuries.
I'm sure I have read all of this information before, but listening to stories of women actually incorporating these strategies into their training and PR'ing left and right got me pumped up. Although I just turned 40 last month, I do know at some point changes to my training will have to be implemented to keep me doing what I love. I want to be that woman who runs the Boston Marathon when she's 80 years old. And if I could nab some new PR's along the way, that would be the icing on the cake.