This post is a bit of a departure from my usual training recaps. It’s no secret that between medical school, friends, life, and workouts, I don’t always have a lot of time to take care of myself. In the past 16 months of clerkship, I’ve put my body through a lot without really giving as much back to it as I could.
On Tuesday, when I posted my training update, I talked about clerkship being over and having time before my big race to really put in some work and take my training to a higher level. But, I’ve also recognized that I need to make some big changes in how I do everything else if this is going to work. Running through ankle pain by taping and icing my legs, forcing myself to train and learn on very little sleep, and neglecting some of the more easily forgotten elements of my workouts (hello, strength and stretch, I’m talking about you!) are just some examples of things that I did to get through medical school while trying to get faster.
So, I’ve come up with a list of things that I’d like to focus on turning into habits now that I have the time and mental energy to make it happen.
- Foam rolling
- Strength workouts
What I’d like to do is turn each of these into a series of mini posts to talk about how I take care of my whole body, especially since I’m always asking it to do just a little bit more. Stay tuned in the coming days and weeks for the series – if there’s anything you think I should add to the list I’d love to hear! :).