Last night I had my first appointment with “Dr. Pain” (my new PT, aka Ron); they don’t call him that for nothing! After a brief chat while he put heating pads on my legs to warm up the muscles, he said “You know this probably isn’t going to be pleasant, right?” That’s always a good way to start! 😉 He worked on my piriformis, hips, hamstrings and IT bands for a full hour and my legs felt like jello by the time I was out of there. There were some
painful excrutiating moments, but for the most part it was a ‘hurts so good’ kind of pain, because I could tell he was releasing tight muscles. By the time he was done, all I felt was blissful relief.
Ron is an experienced athlete and trainer; he works with Canadian Olympic hopefuls for the 2012 Games and he is also on staff to treat the international elites at this weekend’s Toronto Waterfront Marathon. I know he has a lot to offer in terms of not only PT, but training advice/coaching. Combined with my live-in coach (aka hubs) and ongoing group training, I am in good hands!
This morning, with loose and fresh legs, it was time to hit the track. I moved my speed work to Tuesday this week so I’ll have more recovery time before the half this weekend.
The plan: 3 x 1600 @ 5K pace (400m recovery jogs)
7:08 (1:46, 1:49, 1:47, 1:46)
7:10 (1:47, 1:50, 1:45, 1:48)
7:13 (1:45, 1:50, 1:50, 1:48)
My splits aren’t quite as consistent as I would like, but I was right on target overall and it was a great workout. Easy runs from here on out this week!