Monday, October 10, 2011

Day 1D--starting again

Six weeks on crutches and unemployment have done a number on me. I am sluggish, heavier and just plain out of shape. Now that I've ended my stint on crutches, it's time to get myself back into shape. My goal is just general better health, with a more specific goal of running the marathon next year. To achieve that specific goal, I will be targeting muscles that will help me improve my run performance. To determine which muscles to target, I will be doing research into anatomy and running injuries.

The first muscle that I know I need to work on is my quadiceps. It seems such a straight-forward muscle, but it's not focused on enough by many runners. It's the muscle that makes walking possible, but that doesn't give it enough work to fully strengthen it. To isolate the quadriceps, I will be doing wall squats. They consist of "sitting" with your back up against the wall and your feet about a 12 inches out but with no actual chair. It's amazing how quickly this will make your legs quiver in exhaustion.

Kathrine Switzer mentions this exercise in her book "Marathon Woman" and how she was insulted at the idea that she needed to strengthen her thighs, despite running 100 miles a week. Her first try she was able to hold it for 70 seconds. Later, she built up to 11 minutes. The doctor who gave her the exercise had never seen anyone exceed 4 minutes. I don't know if I will get up to 11 minutes, but need to improve on my current 25 seconds.


  1. Hey Rebecca. Wow, I feel so lost! I was wondering how your marathon went and here, you've injured yourself! Sorry to hear, but glad things are getting back on track for you.

    I recently moved and it's been hectic so I've fallen out of my running routine. I'm trying to get back into it, but I feel like I'm starting at square one again!

    In the meantime, I've been going to bootcamp and we do wall sits almost everyweek (as punishment, for not listening lol) Getting through a minute is tough.. but 11 mins!! Whoa. I'm going to need some practice.

    Good Luck!

  2. I know I'm starting back at square one. My muscles hurt just from walking. It's amazing how such a simple exercise can use so many muscles.

    I'm looking forward to 1 minute, can't imagine 11 minutes at all.