Set Back. Yes I ran a whopping 9 miles last week. Which is approximately 9 more than the week before. Not exactly the kind of mileage you want leading up to one of my favorite races (ahem Long Beach, yes I’m talking about you).
Set the Back. Working to get the SI joint back to where it’s supposed to be – like as in straight. How have I been doing this? Lots of hip strengthening exercises (pelvic lifts, side planks, etc.), foam rolling every part of my lower extremities, and laying on a Little Tykes ball. Yes, you read that right.
Taking that little 6 inch, semi-firm ball and placing it right on my sacrum and laying on it for about 3 minute intervals a few times a day has been working wonders to straighten things out.
Set the Pace. Long Beach has been a race that’s always been kind to me. Two years ago I shaved 5 minutes off my PR there, and last year nearly PR’ed despite not really less than ideal circumstances. Something about Long Beach makes me float over the flat street and beach paths to a quick race pace. But this year I can’t afford to do this without ruining all that I’ve put into my injury recovery. In order to keep things from getting to quick, I talked to my neighbor who is running her first half marathon and I am going to run/pace her and a friend through their first race.
Set the Table. We really try to make an effort for family dinners during the week- catching up with one another, recapping our days, connecting. Despite these best efforts, weekdays can be brutal and dinner can sometimes not be as fulfilling and connecting as this mama would like, so I love using the weekend to set the proverbial family table and connect, have fun and relax a bit. With school back in session, we need this more than ever.