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Our awesome (and fast!) instructors Meghan & Jessica from Hot Bird Running

Last Saturday we had our first in our new RMR Clinics Series. We were sooo excited to host Jessica and Meghan of Hot Bird Running as they schooled us about Race Recovery. And man did they pack in the info! The first half of the presentation they filled us in on how to make a recovery plan. Recovery plan? Yeah, that’s what I said. I’m stoked to make one for my 50K coming up in September. I usually don’t think much about recovery. After the race, my thoughts kinda go…”Well, I made it. Let’s eat. Where did I put my beer? Let’s eat. Dam, that hurts. Where’s my beer? Let’s eat. Nite nite.”

Our clinic was packed with detailed info on what to do AFTER you cross the finish line!

It was sort of refreshing to know I wasn’t alone in my lack of post-race self-care planning. Everyone in the clinic took copious notes on how to set up a plan for the hours after a race, the first few days, the first couple weeks and beyond. The trick is to stick to it so that you recover well for your next race AND for the rest of your running career. A string of bad recoveries may be painful in the short term (not fun), but may shorten your overall years of continued running (absolutely no fun).

Jessica gave us the goods on post run nutrition as well. Among other things, kale chips was on the top 10 list of post race goodies. VERY cool. I love those. Chocolate milk was on the list as well. Everyone seemed pleased about that. After the low-down on making a plan, nutrition, rest,  how soon we should be doing other activities and when to get back to running, Meghan, who is also a yoga instructor,  lead us through a series of stretches – with neckties of all things. Fun! (Mine had boats on it in case you’re wondering).

Neckties and golf balls are handy post-race stretching and muscle massaging toolsWe also learned more about recovery tools to include the stick, foam rollers, tennis balls, squishy balls, etc. Check out Meghan’s race recovery tools video. Massage, hydration and post-race blues were also discussed and we Q & A’d the heck out of these ladies. It was awesome!

We’ll soon have our list of future clinics and topics up online, so we’ll let you know when the next ones are coming up. Here’s some of our thoughts and topics that have been suggested to us.

Getting Faster: Intro to Speedwork
Climbing Higher: Intro to Hills
Going Longer: Intro to Distance
Racing 101: From Start to Finish
So You Wanna Run a Marathon?
Intro to Trail Running
Injury Prevention
Running Form
Cross Training
Running over 40
Moms Running
Barefoot/Minimalist Running

We’d love to know what you’d be interested in for a clinic or your get new ideas! Please comment below and let us know!

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Cozy and oh so fashionable

Remember those rainbow socks we all LOVED. Oh, c’mon, you loved them and you know it. Show of hands. Well, since I can’t seem to find mine and everyone is talking up compression socks, I just decided to grab a pair and try them out. I know, they’ve been around a while, but I’m slow on the uptake sometimes. I love gear and accessories, but am not one to run out and grab the latest thing. However, I have to say that I regret not getting compression socks earlier. Love them! And not just  because they are cozy and oh so fashionable.

But let’s back up. What are compression socks?

They’re not really new. They’ve been around, as you probably know, for a long time in the medical world for use on folks who were bed ridden or had low activity and then prescribed to people who sat for long periods. The idea is that pressure on the leg increases blood flow and inhibits the pooling of blood in one area. This, in turn, is supposed to help speed recovery of muscle soreness and inflammation among other things. Not only are they supposed to be great after a workout, but during. Because I’m still getting back in the saddle with injured time off over the summer, I haven’t worn them in a workout yet, but love the after effects. I can’t wait to try them after a really long run and see how they make my legs feel.

The "left" and "right" tabs make me feel like I'm puttin on something extra scientifically special.

I bought the Nike Cush Compression Knee Highs at The Eugene Running Company. Here’s the technical details from the Nike website:

Designed with high-density padding for the best impact protection, the Nike Cush Compression Knee-High Running Socks are up to the endurance test for comfort and performance.

  • Dri-FIT fabric wicks away moisture to help keep feet dry and comfortable
  • FootStrike cushioning in ball of foot and heel
  • High-density padding for impact protection
  • Anatomical left and right fit for superior comfort
  • Fabric: Dri-FIT 92% nylon/ 8% elastane
  • Machine wash

I first tried them about a month ago after my short and easy runs and they felt so good on my injured footsie. It was supported, which felt great in and of itself, but it also felt tingly and warm and I could tell that the blood was doing it’s thing and my foot was less sore when I got up after resting. They also feel great after a long day on my feet and after I use the foam roller or tennis ball under my foot. Heck, I have put them on after a run and accidentally forgot to take them off. (Geesh, I sound like an old panty-hose commercial.) After a few hours, however, my feet and legs start to feel a bit squished and I have to move on to regular socks or flip flops to let my feet relax.

I’ll keep you posted on how they feel after or during long runs. Until then, here’s some great reading on the subject of compression socks:

Have you tried compression socks? What’s your review?

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Skweet Bottle Wash Experiment - oh so cleeeeen

When I got back into trail running a little less than a year ago, I mainly used hand-held water bottles for up to 10 mile runs. But when I planned a longer run one day, I decided to dig out my hubby’s Camelbak to give the hydration system a try. It was nice having my hands free, but the pack had been sitting around a while and no matter how much I cleaned out the bladder, the taste was horrible. Plastic-semi-gunk taste – bluck! I have since bought a Nathan Hydration Vest and so I sort of gave up on the Camel until I planned a long trail run with 3 other gals, 2 of whom hadn’t been on trails before. One of them asked to borrow the Camelbak. I had another hand held I was going to lend out as well, but then remembered a friend let her dog drink out of it the week before on a long run. (Not a huge deal, I’m a dog lover, but boy, I had some cleaning to do if I was going to let these ladies borrow my stuff.)

Enter Skweet sport bottle wash – 100% biodegradeable, non-toxic.  A local super star master’s runner and coach Mike Blackmore who reps the product turned me on to it a few months ago, but I hadn’t tried it yet. What did I have to lose? I lined up all my bottles and the gunky Camelbak and followed the easy instructions to wash it all up:

1 tsp. for each water bottle

1-2 Tbsp. for the bladder

Fill with water, swish-shake-squeeze through drinking spout on the bottles and syphon out through the bladder tube.

Then came the test – refill and taste the Camelbak water…… drumroll please…..delicious! Cool! It tasted super clean and there was no plastic or soapy taste. Love it!

Here are some links to get you going:

Learn more or order online at Skweetclean.com

If you live in Eugene, contact Mike Blackmore of Blackmore Massage to get it locally.

Got a gadget to recommend or trick up your sleeve you want to share?

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