Training & Half Unplugged #2

I hope everyone is having a good spring! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a training update. My target race is the Vermont City Marathon in May, and I have six more weeks of training. This training cycle I am giving a lot of focus to running my easy days slower so I can run my workout days faster. I ran the Half Marathon Unplugged this past weekend as a workout instead of going all out as a race since I have another half marathon coming up in three weeks. I absolutely loved this race and had a great experience!

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Recent Eats March 2019

Hello! The dogs want to know what’s for dinner!? We’ve finally made it to spring and I couldn’t be more excited for sun, flowers, meals on the porch, and no more shoveling. We’ve been eating well and I have a few meals to share with you. We recently had stuffed peppers with jasmine rice, ground turkey, tomato sauce, herbs, and mozzarella cheese. They were delicious.

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Types of Pain

Pain is a complicated and complex feeling. Pain can be acute or chronic, intense or dull, life threatening or a nuance, physical or emotional, expected or unpredictable, and even self-induced or external. I feel different pain when I run hard during races and workouts, when someone says something that hurts me, and when I burn myself cooking pizza (that was last week!). Other people may feel chest pain when they are having a heart attack, head pain due to a migraine, phantom limb pain after an amputation, abdominal pain from a stomach bug, or low back pain that has been persistent or reoccurring for years. Sometimes pain is easy to figure out and solve; however, often pain is difficult to understand and treat.

Today I am going to discuss types of pain that are caused by physical factors. As a physical therapist, most of the pain I treat is due to musculoskeletal (muscle/ligament/tendon/bone) or neurological (nerve) issues. Below I have outlined how to interpret various pain sensations, the timing of pain, and a few general treatment options for these types of pain.

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Training Update January 2019

We got ALL THE SNOW last weekend!! The storm total was around 2 feet, but some areas were closer to 4 feet due to high winds. The storm led to lots of treadmill running, but I was happy to be inside away from the extreme cold and pretending I was running in Florida. My running and training continues to go well as I gear up for a half marathon in 2 weeks. Here is my training for the month so far:

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Cold Weather Running Tips

After a snowy but not too cold start to winter, we are back to frozen temperatures! The picture on the left is from my car yesterday morning (-11 degrees), and the picture on the right is from this morning (-10 degrees). Yesterday I drove somewhere warm to get my run in (+10 degrees), but this morning I waited till 9:30 AM and then headed out. It was -8 degrees at the start, but warmed up to a balmy +8 degrees by the end. I have to say I was not cold largely due to the fact that there was no wind and the sun was nice and warm.

Many people say they do not run when the temperature reach X amount of degrees. I hate to put a number on it, but I really don’t like running below zero although I still do. Here are some tips for cold weather running (and cold weather exercise in general).

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