Poison Ivy & Running
I need to stay far away from poison ivy! I didn't know how bad an allergic reaction to poison ivy could be until I noticed blisters on my skin after picking blackberries recently. The first week and a half, I was able to run even though it bothered me a little when my shorts brushed against my itching legs.
After going to the doctor and getting a steroid shot and some medicine, I didn't feel like running for a few days. After nearly three weeks of rashes, itching, blisters, swollen joints and lips, I'm almost back to normal and I'm feeling much better. I don't know which I'm more concerned about when I run in the woods now - snakes or poison ivy!
- Saturday: 30 minute ride
- Sunday: 4.5 mile run with 3 x (10 minutes fast, 2 minute rest); exercises like the clam, leg lifts, 7 Minute Exercises
- Monday: 5 mile easy run with 5 hills; 30 minute ride
- Tuesday: 5 mile run with 2 miles fast; arm workout, 7 Minute Exercises
- Wednesday: 5 mile easy run with 5 strides; 30 minute ride; Myrtl Routine, Runner Dude's Core WO
- Thursday: 9 mile run
- Friday: rest
- Coach Jenny's Ways to Improve Running Efficiency - Pay attention to strength-training, plyometrics, strides and stride rate. My new Garmin Forerunner 220 shows stride rate and I often get close to 180 strides, like I want, when I'm running fast. That's another reason I like my new watch.
- Ride More to Run Better - I like to ride and I added riding to my training to increase aerobic fitness.
- Ellie Greenwood Interview by Marathon Talk - She won the Comrades 55 mile race in South Africa.