Katy Runs

Running to stay sane in grad school!

Just another day in [running] paradise September 21, 2010

Filed under: Stretching,training run — katyruns @ 10:00 pm

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!