I know that when I am feeling good and my running is going well, I seem to neglect some important steps before and after the run.
For example, when I am feeling good...
I stop stretching.
I stop icing.
I stop cross training.
Last week, I took a few days off from running because my knee was extra achy for some reason. While I was feeling sorry for myself on the couch, I started to think that maybe I needed get off my butt and try to help my knee fell better.
So I started icing.
I started doing some quad and hamstring exercises and stretches.
And you know what...surprise, surprise...my knee actually feels better! Now I am not 100% yet but I feel better than I did last week, so that is a start.
I planned a morning run for Monday morning and before the run, I did a few hip and hamstring stretches. And then I ran under a beautiful full moon. The knee wasn't perfect, but it was amazing to be outside running in the early hours under the moon.
And afterward, I made sure to stretch more and then ice while I ate my breakfast! So here is hoping that this is the start of many more good runs and lots of preventative maintenance/icing/stretching!
Do you have a pre/post run routine that you do to make sure you stay injury free??