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Oct. 28th, 2004

I ran my second mile of the week this morning. Despite stretching my ankles and calves before I ran, I felt tightness in the right ankle and calf almost right away. I wonder if this is something that will disappear with time, practice, and stretching, or whether I'll always feel lingering reminders of my ankle injury.

I don't feel all that exhausted when I run, but my legs do feel like lead weights. They don't feel like this when I run short bursts, like say at football practice. I wonder if my leg workouts impact this at all.

I have been doing lower body workouts -- leg press (complete lower body; 3 sets of 13 reps at 230 pounds), leg extension (quadriceps; 3 sets of 13 reps at 150 pounds), leg curls (hamstrings; 3 sets of 13 reps at 150 pounds), and calf raises(3 sets of 13 reps at 200 pounds). I have definitely noticed muscle gain and better strength, coordination, and balance as a result. I know that the sort of strength training I do is suited for building short-twitch muscle fiber, the kind sprinters develop. Long-distance running develops long-twitch muscle. By continuing my lower body workouts and taking up long-distance running again, am I being counterproductive? Should I change the nature of my weight work? Or should I start running sprints (110s and the like) instead of the distance running? Any thoughts?

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spwebdesign
Oct. 28th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC)
Tore ligaments playing basketball last December. It doesn't usually bother me when playing basketball, but I'm definitely feeling tightness when I run. I'm thinking it's either scar tissue that needs to be loosened up or maybe lingering muscle tension around the injured area.

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