I got up early today to run! It was cold today to. I think in the upper 40s. I wore pants and a track jacket. Though I probably could have done without the jacket. I did a nice and easy 50 minute run. I pounded out 4.81 miles. I always forget how much I love running in the morning before work and knowing for the rest of the day that I don’t have to worry about it after work.
Lately I have been really bad about not stretching after my week day runs. I think this led to the slight case of extensor tendinitis in my left foot. My legs were starting to feel extremely tight. After my long runs on the weekend I stretch for about 20 minutes. I did an abbreviated stretching routine this morning.
- Calf stretch on the stairs (30 seconds each side)
- Quadricep stretch (30 seconds each side)
- Inner thigh-butterfly stretch (1 minute)
- Hamstring-reach for toes while sitting (1 minute each side)
My legs felt significantly better today after this little bit of stretching. I’m going to stretch for a little bit and then hit the hay. I’ve found that lately I can’t get enough sleep. I think this is common for people training for a marathon. I know I read somewhere that for every mile you run you should add a certain number of minutes to your normal sleep time. I think it might be 10 minutes per mile? I’ll have to see if I can find that article.
P.S. Marathon training is a lot more fun and dare I say easier than I thought it would be! Excited for the next 6 weeks!