Tips to get back to fighting form post-Bloomsday 2018
SPOKANE, Wash. — Bloomsday is a race like no other. The course is incredibly hilly, and finishes with the infamous Doomsday Hill. But while the uphill may be tough, physical therapist Kelly Risse says it’s the downhill portions that bring on the most stress to our bodies.
“It’s where the muscle is working while it is getting longer, so and that’s where we really inflame our muscles and irritate them than just running on flats,” Risse said.
To minimize hip pain, he suggests using a foam roller. When it comes to your quads and hamstrings, stretching helps. For your calves, it’s important to do a little of both.
This Bloomsday was hotter than ones in recent years. When it comes to staying hydrated, Risse says you need to continue to drink water, and lot’s of it.
“Fifty percent of your weight in ounces over the entire day and then in the early morning really flushing the system well, so twenty-five of your body weight in ounces in the first 30 minutes you’re up and at ’em,” he explained.
It’s recommended you wait to get back out there; one day off for every mile ran. However, if you had a great experience, that might seem like an eternity.
Personal trainer Lisa Dittmar told her early morning boot camp class with Bloomsday runners to move, but modify.
“Every station had a modification for Bloomies,” Dittmar said. “So instead of doing a lunge with an overhead press, they would just do an overhead press.”
If your pain is sharp or you’re losing a significant amount of movement in your joint, it might be time to see the doctor.
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