Monday, February 26, 2007

ASIDE FROM TOUGHENING UP

I assume people are using a more educated approach to training. back when i was a young invincible lad, i used to think i could go out and run hard every day and go up and down mountains and do speed workouts with Wilson and just about everything was doable. I have paid the price and thus, want to spare you all from an early running death.

Massage, Stretching and Diet are key to success. Are you all paying any sort of rigorous attention to these aspects of being athletes? If not, we/you need to.

1) I can get you all big discounts on massage if you are willing to commit to going. The massage guy, Terrell, is a swell enough guy and knows his trade but does not want to waste time on folks who are wishy washy. OK, do your research, ask your buds and let me know. I would say, i need at least five of you to commit to get the big discount. I am thinking 40 or 50$ and hr if you stick with the program and take your running to the next level.

Next, are you all eating right? what do you eat on a daily basis in terms of fruits and veggies? How much water are you drinking, vitamins and mineral supplements, etc. I know lots of folks in the DC area who are knowledgeable about this and will provide some council, if asked.

Stretching and Cross training. Who is doing it? Do any of you hit the spinning class or do yoga or the such as a substitute for a run? I try and do one spinning class and several stretching classes a week to help fight the ware and tear from the pounding.

Those that have an interest in preserving their running and bodies into the 30s and beyond, this is really important stuff.

Comments and or thoughts.....................

8 comments:

Havegoats said...

Max, I'm not really sure about my intake, can I send you a stool sample? Let me know if I'm deficient in anything.

And aren't you in your thirties? aren't you still running well? Perhaps the pounding is the way to go.

Justin McCarthy said...

I have been getting massages from Terrel since the new year so you can count me in for that. Also, I do a yoga dvd from time to time and make sure I stretch before and after runs.

Klim said...

I think that stuff is overated. I eat donuts by the 1/2 dozen and drink bacon grease to "feel good about myself".

I was only half serious...I do drink water all day at my desk but certainly don't strech as much as I like. I am lazy and don't want to put the time in pre/post run. I eat better and better every year as I discover new foods and weed out things like Bear Claws, Twinkies and cheesesteaks. I use to eat terrible and would have horrible stomach pains...I learned my lesson.

Kitty said...

Jake, you are eating better. A few weeks ago I was able to talk you down from 3 Dunkin' Donuts to 2 (true story).

MAX said...

FORGOT TO MENTION, SPEAKING AS A GUY, OF COURSE, KEY TO SUCCESS IS HAVING GIRL OF YOUR DREAMS ON YOUR MIND, AT THE FIINISH LINE, ETC. AS MOTIVATION AND REWARD FACTOR-----------------KEEP IT REAL

Scott Munro said...

Just got of the phone with Terrel Hale. I'm going to see him tomorrow. I really can't take my training where I want to without a very good routine that involves weight lifting, stretching, massage, ice, etc. I'm going to see what I can set up in terms of regular visits. It looks like Wednesday work best. He is in Dupont Circle on Wednesdays, Arlington on Saturdays, and Rockville the other days.

Matias said...

After congratuating Brian Sell at the end of the Chicago Marathon I asked him what he did to keep his upper body strong (he looked pretty ripped up compared to the other runners). He mentioned upper body strength training was key to his success.

Core training has helped my training. Push ups, sit ups, leg lifts, the plank, dips, and other exercises using a medicine ball has helped keep me strong through the longer runs. Once a week has worked for me.

Justin McCarthy said...

I got into the habit of pushups and crunches as soon as I wake up in the morning and if I have time before and after a run.