Since I’m constantly in a clickbait hole of fitness articles anyway – here’s my brain dump of what I learned in the last week.
GIVE ‘EM HILL
I always knew hills were definitely an important part of training — I just thought it was because (almost) all races have hills, so you have to be ready. Also, hills are speed in disguise because of the elevation. Turns out, there’s a lot more to it.
Main takeaways (that were news to me) to this madness is:
- Aerobic = endurance. Idk, I didn’t like TOTALLY know that.
- Hills improve your form because it exaggerates your stride
- Hills help your nervous system change your hiring pattern rate as you go up and down a hill. This will help you recover better.
This is me running up Cat Hill in Central Park yesterday
THE 5:2 DIET IS FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT A CALORIE IS
So last week I read an article about how the Mediterranean diet was the best way to slim down, and honestly, I was on board for the first few sentences until I read “no red meat” and X-ed outta that screen before you can even say me-di-terra-nean.
Now, the 5:2 diet is the off-spring of the very rational Mediterranean way of feeding and is taking the Insta-blogger universe by hashtag storm. EXCEPT, 2 days of the week, you can only consume 500 calories. All day. That’s all you can eat. For the entire day. In perspective, this is what 500 calories is:
- Plain bagel with cream cheese
- 4 slices of bacon
- A regular sized Snickers bar
- 5 green apples
- 1 9oz steak
- 4 bananas
So go ahead, pick one of those things and you are done for the day. Oh and for tomorrow too.
I don’t know – maybe the indulgence of hummus and veggies the other 5 days really satisfies you to a point that the starvation mode won’t affect you, but something seems off.
Also consider including these days during workouts, an average 10k run will burn about 700 calories, leaving you at a deficit of 200 calories on the “:2” days.
YOU DON’T NEED A DR’S NOTE TO GO TO PT
Fascinating how the first 18 years of my life I was trying to get doctors’ notes to get OUT of PE and now I’m looking for doctors’ notes to get me into PT.
Turns out my search is over, because one does NOT actually need a doctors’ prescription to get into Physical Therapy, in New York.
In 2007 the State of New York passed Direct Access for Physical Therapy, meaning you no longer are required to have a medical prescription to be treated by a physical therapist (until the 10th visit or 30th day, whichever comes first).
These details are privy to me from the Finish Line Physical Therapy website, which comes highly recommended from all my athlete besties near and far.
Of course, PT does cost out of pocket even with insurance, and Finish Line will give you a quote before you confirm your first appointment.
YOUR PAIN = HOW COOL YOU ARE
Well, not really — but I did learn that when you as a runner experience pain from the knee down, it is due to being a poor runner. This could be your form, your recovery, or I guess..you’re just not very good?? Shrugging, not judging.
Pain at the knee and above, including the hammies and glutes comes from being a strong runner, so likely, running fast.
This is something I’d like to investigate because TBH I have pain all over.