Paula Radcliffe is back…sort of.

Happy Thursday!

I got in another 3 miles this morning. Still no speed but I’m totally nailing the negative splits which makes me super happy.

Last Sunday before my run I was a little nervous about how my hip would react so I foam rolled it before I actually ran. I don’t know why I did that but I’m pretty sure it made a difference. Then on Monday I saw this article in Runners World,

pre run foam rolling

BOOM! Nailed it!

Obviously, I’m pretty smart.

From the Article:
“Although foam rollers are often used to ease postexercise tightness, research suggests that rolling out before you hit the road has perks, too. In a new study, athletes said the squats, jumps, and shuttle runs they did after 10 minutes of foam rolling felt easier than doing the identical workout unrolled.”

Click here to read the entire article, it’s pretty good.

Since beginning to run again on Sunday I’ve run 4 days, with one day off for a total of just over 12 miles. When I write that down it seems like such a small amount compared to what I was running last year, and it is, but that’s not the point.

The point is that I’m running again and I am focusing on quality rather than quantity in miles so that I can continue to run and to run healthy. I’ve been doing all most all of the things that I read in this article:

running after injury
From the Article:
“…returning to running after an injury is not that easy: There needs to be a slow and steady ramping up stage to decrease the potential of further injury. More importantly, runners need to continue to strengthen and support the core muscles that are the foundation for healthy running bodies.”

Click here to read the entire article.

I actually printed it out and stuck it in the front of my running journal. Unfortunately, I tend to slack off after a few weeks of feeling okay and I refuse to do that this time. I’m using this article as my checklist for accountability and hoping it helps to keep me on the right path.

Oh, I almost forgot, have y’all seen this:

Paula and IslaThat’s Paula Radcliffe and her daughter Isla, who was giving her Mom a medal after she placed 3rd in a 10K a few weeks ago. I got pretty excited when I read this article. Apparently, Paula is considering running the London Marathon one more time!

Click here if you want to read more about it, and by the way, how cute is her little girl? Adorable, right!

I’ll be back tomorrow with some friday favorites and there will be some great links to some pretty sweet running stuff at a dirt cheap the way we like it very, very good price.

Do you hope Paula Radcliffe runs another marathon too?

Do you think it’s possible for her to beat her current World Record?

2 thoughts on “Paula Radcliffe is back…sort of.

  1. That’s interesting to foam roll before a workout or run. I always thought it might mess something up to foam roll when your muscles are “cold”… I love to foam roll after a good run or workout but if rolling out my muscles before hand helps, I’ll give it a try! I’m glad you’re getting back to your old running self! After tomorrow’s run I’ll be at 7-8 miles this week. Which I’m happy with because I want to build up my miles nice and slow to prevent any injuries!

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