Tuesday, January 14, 2014

So I Need More Core Work

Monday morning, I woke up feeling fine. Extremely tired, but fine physically. My shins felt a little sore and everything felt a little tight, but other than that, I wouldn't have known I ran a difficult race the day before.


As the day progressed, however, my core started feeling sore. And then it got worse. To the point where laughing hurt. I think it's safe to say that I have been lacking in the core workouts. I know working the core would make me a stronger runner, I just don't make enough time for it. I did a slower run to get the blood flowing through my muscles.


This run actually felt really good. I also trained shoulders. And by the time I laid down last night (at 8pm), I could hardly get myself up without looking like an 80-year-old. So, I've been exploring ab routines to do at least 4 times a week. Today was better, but I did have a a run-in with a 45lb plate.


Clumsiness? I like to think of them as Warrior Wounds. Once I got home from the gym, I immediately got into bed and watched 3 episodes too many of Scandal. I am almost caught up to TV and I don't even know what I'm going to do with myself once I am. Maybe go outside with real people? This guy laid with me the whole time. He's a great cuddler.


My abs feel slightly better today, but it's still hard to laugh. Which is horrible, since laughing is my favorite thing to do.

How often do you train abs?

14 comments:

  1. I trained abs like nobody's business this summer and it really paid off for my October marathon. Since I've been back to work I've slacked in this area, but try to get a core workout/planks in 2-3 x a week. It really does improve your running form and efficiency. :)

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    1. Yeah, I need to start adding in planks. They aren't extremely time consuming and I can do them while binge watching Netflix! :-D

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  2. I do a plank when I wake up and again before bed, plus core work at least 2x a week. I noticed a difference in my runs immediately, even if I'm still rocking the soft-tummy look. It helps so much!! Remember core means butt/thighs up to shoulders/back, not just your abs.

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    1. Good for you! That's really awesome. With all of the heavy squatting, deadlifts, and other leg/back exercises I do, you would think that would be enough core work. But nope. Guess I've got to run up more hills.

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  3. I do about 2 ab exercises (3 sets) 4 days a week when I'm weight training. I used to do more, but a lot of the weight stuff I do really engages your core so I felt like I didn't need to isolate my abs as much.

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    1. I feel like most of the weight stuff I do engages my core as well, but I guess running up mountains is a completely different kind of engaged core. Okay, so I may exaggerate the mountain part. It was a hill.... ;-)

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  4. After my 20 miles training run the only thing that hurt was my abs. It's something we just don't think we use much as runners but really do! I also have warrior wounds haha so worth it!

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    1. Warrior wounds are SO worth it. I love them, after the initial shock of slamming 45 lbs into your leg. :-D

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  5. Hope your leg is okay!
    I need more core work as well!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks lady! My leg is fine. It hurt in the moment, but now I just have a lovely bruise to prove I deadlift....

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  6. See? Weights are scary. :) I try to do core after every run, but it seems like I run out of time about once a week. So, five days a week, I guess. I slacked off when I was easing up on running post-marathon, but now that I'm starting to build mileage again, the core work is coming back...and I wish I never eased up, because now it's hard!

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    1. I know. Weights are scary, especially when they fly back at you into your leg! :-D I'm so accident prone, it hardly phases me anymore.

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