I have decided to really up my race calendar for 2017 and after having done a 50k and 50 mile race in 2016, I kind of feel now that what may seem impossible is not necessarily impossible. I just need to put in the training and need to get my head in the right place as with longer distances, it’s your mental state as well as the state of your body that dictates if you will succeed or not.
So my motto for 2017 is going to be as per the blog title “Go Big or Go Home. I wont of course risk my health or safety to reach my goals but nor will I take the easy route, if it’s just temporary aches or I’m feeling a bit meh, because that happens in longer events and you just need to be able to push on through.
For 2017 I am going to try and fit in some more cross training so that will mean more rides logged on my bike. Hopefully more cross training should help build strength and prevent injury. I did start adding yoga to my training but that fell off a little during the recent months with work, commute and moving etc, so I need to add that back in and try to stick to it.
A few people I know use tires as part of their strength training and also to replicate the strength it takes to go uphill, so I am looking to get a tire and add that to my routine. Now with a longer commute due to us moving to the Coast, I am going to have to be adaptive to try and fit my training into my schedule. So I will look to add some runs and rides to the ferry and back; maybe some running on the deck when spring/summer is back as running on the top deck right now might be a bit challenging with lack of light, high winds some days and all the rain we get in fall and winter in the PNW.I may look to add some runs on my lunch break and maybe if I need something from the grocery store I might ride there to add some training in where I can.
I may add some smaller races in during next year, but for now my goal races are Lake Martin 100 miler, Diez Vista 100k and Squamish 50/50.
To help me get through to 2017 I have help in the form of being sponsored by Spidertech Tape, a Canadian based Kinseo Tape company; Hill Sound equipment, a Canadian based crampon and Gaiter Company. Also InReach Canada has helped me out by providing me with a discount of my monthly plan.
If you have time please check out Spidertech tape, Hillsound equipment and InReach. It means a lot to me to be supported by these great companies and when you buy a roll of tape from Spidertech or let your friends know about Hillsound or Inreach it would help these great companies and help me too.
This is straying a little from the original thoughts, I had for this blog post but I had to put it out there. I was on Facebook today and another member of a running group I am in, gave me an opinion on something but dismissed himself by saying, he was not at the same level as other members of the group. I said you’re a runner! it doesn’t matter if your front of the pack, middle of the pack or dead last! You’re a runner and we are all part of the same running family, so never dismiss yourself and like me aim high for 2017! Do your first 5k, do your first 10k and if running’s not your thing find something you love and embrace it and never be put off.
Go outside and just enjoy life, because you never know what could happen tomorrow or the day after or the week after and so on. Embrace life ☺
If you are not a runner or involved in sport then you may have seen some sort of taping applications on TV at the recent Olympic Games. This type of taping is called Kinesio tape application method. So what is Kinesio tape and what is it used for?
Kinesio tape, kt tape, kinesio taping, taping, athletes tape and athletes taping are some of the variations of names used to describe this type of tape.
The story behind Kinesio tape began in Japan. Dr. Kenzo Kase first developed the Kinesio taping method in 1979. He is a chiropractor as well as a licensed acupuncturist and moxibustion therapist. Dr. Kase realized that manual therapy (i.e. massage therapy, chiropractic care, and physical therapy) were extremely effective for treatment of different ailments, but often the effects were temporary. He wanted something for his clients to use between appointment sessions to increase efficacy of manual therapy for lasting results. The Kinesio taping method was introduced to the United States in 1995 and then Europe in 1996. So it may surprise you to know that the Kinesio taping method and Kinesio tape have been around for over a decade, but it has only been recently more well-known due to media coverage and amateur athletes adopting it.
So what does Kinesio tape do and what ailments does it cover? Kinesio tape, if properly applied, can be used for virtually anything from chronic pain to menstrual cramps. For my purposes, I will specifically talk about athletes and tape usage.
Kinesio tape can be a huge asset for athletes. Kinesio tape can be applied in the middle of workouts or in case of sudden injury. Kinesio tape is extremely strong and can be applied with different tension strengths. Different tension strengths and techniques can be used to allow the muscles and ligaments to have “help” when injury occurs. The tape essentially stabilizes an area, for example the knee, to prevent any further damage.
The great thing about Kinesio tape is that it still allows for range of motion, just not so much that you are likely to injure yourself further or re-injure yourself. Kinesio tape can help to stabilize an injury just like a band aid etc but it cannot cure the cause of injury and so you should always consult a physician, RMT or similar health practitioner.
For rehab Kinesio tape can be a great tool for athletes. Many times athletes experience that after a competitive event their body is exhausted or broken, or it may be that a non-competitive athlete has overtrained, but in either case rehab is needed. Manual manipulation is important to rehabilitation.
Using Kinesio tape after a manual manipulation session can increase efficacy of your treatment more so than without Kinesio tape. The tape can help open up fascial tissue to make manual manipulation easier. It helps athletes after manual manipulation in that it gives a continuous amount of stabilization to the affected area and gives muscles and ligaments a chance to rebuild and restore by taking the pressure off of those areas that have been worked on manually.
Kinesio taping method also helps with alignment. If you have a tendency to slouch or have an area of the body that is not properly aligned, Kinesio tape can bring the body back into alignment and help an athlete sense how this feels in the body. Having correct alignment can decrease pain and help the joints recover from activities.
In respect to pain, Kinesio tape also decreases pain in certain areas of the body that may be bothersome. Most athletes tend to have lower back pain. After manual manipulation, Kinesio tape can be placed on the affected area (using a different method or style of taping depending on the area) to decrease pain and discomfort. If there is bruising or swelling, there is a taping method that helps drain fluids into the lymphatic ducts to decrease swelling and help rid the body of bruising.
One more area that may interest athletes is that Kinesio tape can be used before a sporting event. Most athletes tend to know if they have rolling ankles or patellar tracking issues; just to name a few ailments that Kinesio tape can be put on the affected area to prevent injuries if the athlete plans to do an event. Using Kinesio tape before an event can save the athlete from future surgeries or ailments after the event itself.
Your body is important to your athletic career so take care of it by going to professionals such as massage therapists, physical therapists and chiropractors.
Just a brief overview now of Spidertech tape who is my sponsor for training and the coming years races. I had used a number of Kinesio tapes and then a friend recommended Spidertech tape as it is reasonably priced, affective and it sticks well. So I started using Spidertech Tape and loved it and approached them to sponsor me and now they are on board as one of my sponsors.
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