TUESDAY night at the Ultra: After a 2 kilometer warm up, our group started with a Strengthening/Conditioning Workout…….I thought it was good – no intervals, no speed, easy night! I just realized we are up to something when we started with – – – – push ups – – – – and that was just the beginning!
It was a painful yet a fun workout. Several times, I would look at the other group of new members (mostly girls) listening to Coach Titus’ lecture and would wish I was there. Still tried to keep up with the boys though and follow the instructions of the Elite Team.
Some motivations from the elites:
- “Pag ginawa niyo ito, lalakas yung mga weak muscles niyo…”
- Don’t push if hindi kaya ….(which made you wanna push it…)
- Eto, nakaka-develop ng abs….(inspired by Derek Ramsey’s appearance at Ultra that night huh!)
- Lalakas kayo tumakbo niyan…(I wonder if we could ever chase these guys in this lifetime…)
And the favorite line for the night – “Running is not Enough” (from Medel of the Elite Team Bald Runner) – kailangan i-strengthen niyo ang core and ang legs. (That will be your foundation.)
It was a relief when the workout ended, had another 30 minutes run, stretching then I’m headed home. (after some chikas)
Everything was fine, until I woke up on Wednesday and felt tightness on my inner thigh. (Mucsles recovering and building up? — I’m fine! —- This is nothing and off I went to my daily routine.)
WEDNESDAY night at the Ultra again. I was late so I cut down on my warm up and stretching and got excited to join the 400meter speed workout. Kept mum about my cutting the warm up to the Coaches. I could feel my inner thigh tighten in the middle of the run but tried to keep up. I slowed down from a 1:39minutes start to 1:50 and then 1:57 at the seventh. I knew I had to slow down or else I would pay for it.
THURSDAY Morning. This is it! I woke up with sore thigh. I hated the stairs…I couldn’t walk straight. Having this feeling for the first time since May 2009 (when I started getting serious about running), I was on panic mode. I called Coach and he told me to ice it as soon as I get home. I did just that and it felt better.
FRIDAY. This is gonna be a busy day. I feel better though but I’m still not walking straight. Too bad, I had to miss on a friend’s fashion show in the afternoon partly because my schedule ran over each other (and mainly because I couldn’t walk straight). Yes, I still went to Ultra just to check on if I can still run with the pain. As soon as my feet got on my rubber shoes, my thighs started to become friendly. I can actually walk straight. And even could afford a 2-k warmup. Good excuse! I didn’t do the 200m-speed training. I ran around the oval field along the grass (so it would be less straining) with one of the elite runners Medel for another 30 minutes. After some serious stretching, I knew I am cleared. No injury, it’s just my muscles acting up.
Question is, can I run for home this Sunday? Whatever happens, I will be at the starting line and will still reach the finish line….
This must be love; why else would I torture my body with miles of punishment every day?