Tuesday, September 21, 2010

PT and Track Tuesday

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!


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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)

The results:

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!



31 comments:

dietitianontherun.com said...

FIRST!! Whoa. :)

dietitianontherun.com said...

...k, with that out of the way...nice splits!! I'm anxious to see the Goals for this Half - a PR maybe?? ;)

Andrew Opala said...

great workout! looks very good for a very very good finish!

Quinton J said...

AWESOME WORK! Enjoy the taper. If I don't see you out there...Have a wicked awesome run.

Laura said...

I don't think I am a suck but when my physio guy comes near my IT band I cry like a little girl.
Sweet track workout..I'm glad track is over....

TNTcoach Ken said...

Great idea to have the legs worked on! I'm switching my sleep-in mornings to Tuesday in honor of you!!!!

Runners Fuel said...

I know that pain. I had my legs worked on once. It hurt so good!

Emz said...

You completely killed it!

Way to go!!!!

chris mcpeake said...

pretty good splits.
awesome job

Amy said...

Thanks for the reminder that I need to book a post-marathon massage!

Nice job at the track this morning!

the dawn said...

sa-weet! those times are incredible! good work and now rest up for the half!

lish said...

Great job at the track....you are doing an amazing job this cycle...

I totally have a love/hate relationship with my massage therapist...hurts so bad but I know it is so needed! Glad it help give you some fresh legs!!

J said...

Awesome splits Marlene! I have been missing my morning track workouts...I think I need to start them again!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Nice workout! Fresh relaxed legs will help you this weekend.

okay, your done and it's still dark. What a great way to start your day!

RunKathyRun said...

Amazing splits; you are going to kill your marathon, all the hard work is paying off. I am getting a massage tonight and I expect a fair amount of the "pleasure/pain" thing :-) I am way overdue...

RunKathyRun said...

Amazing splits; you are going to kill your marathon, all the hard work is paying off. I am getting a massage tonight and I expect a fair amount of the "pleasure/pain" thing :-) I am way overdue...

Katie A. said...

I love that it was still dark out when you finished! And I thought I was crazy for getting to the gym before 7! Hahahaha! Nice work girlie - I see a PR in that half on Sunday! ;)

Jess said...

Glad you had a good first meeting with your new PT. Hopefully he doesn't "hurt" you too much!

teacherwoman said...

Great workout at the track. I bet it's nice to get that out of the way early in the week, huh?! :)

Teamarcia said...

Very nice repeats! My hammys and piriformis are aching for a good PT!

Mark said...

Great splits!! Mile reps!! Woohoo

Julie said...

Oh man, how can I get a Dr. Pain?!! I need one of them! Great work out and great that you had such a great PT session. Seriously, I'm envious.

Jamie said...

I so need a Dr. Pain. Nice job on the repeats!

ajh said...

Sounds like a great PT!!!

Char said...

I have massage-envy! And those splits were pretty damned good - I wouldn't be complaining too hard.

lindsay said...

sooo... next stop, olympics! :)

Heather said...

Great track workout!

Nicole said...

great track workout lady!

Boris Terzic said...

Great track workout.

Cory Reese said...

You are going to do awesome at the marathon!

Forward Foot Strides said...

Ohhhh this reminds me to make an appointment with my own Dr. Pain!

You will rock it this weekend!