I can’t believe how great I felt throughout this entire race. All 10 miles of it. It is even more unbelievable when I tell you that it was in the mid-40s, rainy and WINDY the entire race. Total crap weather. All 10 miles of it. My hands were so frozen, I had trouble opening a water bottle handed to me at the finish line. I had trouble unlocking my bike from the bike rack after the race. So. Cold. But anyway.
The Cherry Creek Sneak Streak. Ha! <- I’m a dork.
I’ve been having trouble with my left hip and after every run longer than 6 miles, I’d hobble around in pain for days. After the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler earlier this month, I made an appointment with a physical therapist. Um, miracle worker! She noticed tightness in both periformis (right and left side) and recommended dry needling to help release the muscles. Ahhhhh. It hurts so good. So. Good. She pretty much stuck long needles into muscles knots in my butt to relieve pain. I also have been doing strengthening exercises, stretching and using a lacrosse ball and a foam roller to help with the pain.
And it all totally worked. I felt great during the race. Around mile 6, I got a few twinges in my left hip, but that when away after awhile.
I’m also really thankful that my sister and Miles made it to the mile 7ish turnaround despite the crap weather. (JJ is out of town, so don’t think he’s a terrible supporter. He sent me a good luck text!)
So I don’t forget what worked for me this year, here’s my lessons learned:
- foam roller the night before
- take a zyrtec-d the night before
- wore my black lululemon capris, under armour t-shirt and arm warmers for the weather. next time wear gloves.
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with water about 45 mins before the start
- 1 honey stinger waffle about 30 mins before the start
- start slow – 10:30-11:00 mile pace for the first 3/4 mile
- a gu at mile 3ish
- a shot blok a mile 6ish