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I’m training for my 10th half-marathon!
I’ve made some major changes to my training this year. Last year, I had a lot of pain in my hips and hamstrings and I developed plantar fasciitis. I didn’t make training a priority – I taught a lot of fitness classes, skipped weekday short runs, didn’t do any speed work and slacked on stretching.
So I decided to train with more intention this year. I hired Amanda Brooks of Run to the Finish as my running coach. After asking me about my goals, struggles, schedule, likes and dislikes, she created a custom training program for me.
She also sends me emails with information on fueling for runs, recovery, physical therapy, stretching, warming up, etc. I also email her with random questions and concerns (like…is it normal for my knees to creak and crack when I’m doing squats and lunges?)
By following her program and advice, incorporating yin yoga and seeing a chiropractor, I’ve been able to train pain-free!
In addition to making changes to the way I’m training, I’ve discovered some new gadgets, gear and fuel. Here are some of my favorites…