Finding My Strong
|April 13, 2012||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
It’s no secret that I am a huge Saucony fan.
These are the shoes in my current ‘rotation’. I use all of these at least one a week!
I love my running shoes. I have run previously in mainly Asics and Brooks, but my fire shoes (the orange ones) got me started with Saucony, and I haven’t looked back since! I am definitely a Saucony girl
Saucony Endorphin LD3 (long distance track spikes), Saucony Grid Type A4 (racing flats), and two pairs of Saucony Kinvaras (my current regular training shoes).
What has made me fall in love with Saucony EVEN MORE is their new ad campaign: Find Your Strong. I love that. In case you haven’t seen it, this is their video:
On Wednesday night, I had to find my strong. I was signed up for a 2 mile track race, but on Sunday night my brother returned from a trip to Morocco, and brought back with him Moroccan Swine Flu. Everyone else is telling me that it’s just a bad cold, but I’m convinced it must be the flu Either way, I’ve spent the last couple of days feeling not-so-great and basically being on total bed rest, but decided to try and race anyway. I’m great at making sensible decisions I know.
My first evening race, my second ever track race, and my first two-miler!
I spoke to my coach on the phone before the race to catch him up with my situation and discuss my ‘plan’. We re-evaluated my goal for the day, and decided to shoot for sub-12 minutes, but he made it clear that if I was feeling worse during the race, that I had to drop out immediately. To be honest, unless a leg fell off, I would always try to finish, because I don’t want a DNF on my profile! Again, showing my rational thought processes here
My race was delayed by 45 minutes, so ended up starting at 8.15pm! By far my latest race! Even in the warm-up, I knew this was going to be a tough race. I was coughing and sneezing constantly, felt drained, and more than anything because my stomach was NOT happy. I hate making “excuses” and always try to think positive before races, but this was making me very nervous! I felt nauseous and had stomach cramps, and although I’ve always had stomach problems going into races, this was much worse than usual!The whole race was spent trying to focus on not throwing up. I considered pulling out about 1000x, but every time I thought about it, my brain responded with “FIND YOUR STRONG”. It was also tough because I was running alone. It was an ‘open’ meet, so I was running against men and women of all ages, and I was a good half a lap behind the guy in front of me.
As I turned the bend for the final time, I could see on the clock that it was going to be close. I pushed as hard as I could, and crossed the line in 11.59.40. “Is it measured in miles or milliseconds?” the Find Your Strong video asks, and in my case, strong is measured in those 20 milliseconds.
I re-strained my gastrocnemius muscle in the last lap (so thankful it was only in the last lap!!) which hurt like heck, but it has been taped back up so it’s all good! The race physio gave me the most painful treatment I have ever had in my entire life (and I’ve had two surgeries…this was worse! ) but made up for it by giving me a ‘prize’ for having the tightest calf muscles he’d ever seen:
My prize haha!
I have always had a problem with having abnormally tight calf muscles no matter how well I stretch, which is why I keep straining it, so I’m going to start having a weekly massage with my team’s sports massage therapist on the physio’s suggestion. Thank goodness my team has one, because there’s no way I could afford to see one on a weekly basis!! Physio Guy said that the weekly massage should keep my calf muscles from getting as bad as they are now, and hopefully I shouldn’t ever strain them again yaay!
It was not the best race for me circumstantially, but I am proud of the way I pushed on, and happy with the time, especially given that it is the beginning of the season! I am excited to see what times I can achieve, but to reach my full potential, I know I have to work a few things out training-wise, and ESPECIALLY fuelling-wise! I have had bad stomach problems in almost every race I’ve run (I know that nerves play a huge part in this), and it’s affecting my performance and my confidence, so I need to keep trying to find something that will work for me. On Saturday, I did a Parkrun (free weekly timed 5k run) with a friend to pace her to a 21min 5k (she almost managed it, and we’re trying again this weekend!), and tried fuelling that with just a energy drink, but that didn’t work for me either! So this Saturday I am back to plain white rice (which worked) with a fruit smoothie…fingers crossed that works!
P.S. I am not affiliated or associated with Saucony in any way…I just love them!!
P.P.S. I have no race photos yet, but will post them if any come my way!
Are you loyal to a certain brand for any reason? Funny, I remember asking this question on the blog a year ago and saying that I wasn’t! I ran in both Asics and Brooks at the time, but didn’t feel ‘loyal’ to either. But now, Saucony is my love!
Have you ever dropped out of a race during it? My second ever cross country race, where I was sick just five minutes in! I think I had food poisoning if I remember rightly but decided to race anyway…good judgement call there!
Have you ever had a sports massage/deep tissue massage? So. Unbelievably. Painful. But works so well!!
Have a great FRIDAY and weekend! <3