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Week 5: Dealing With Soreness, Hunger

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Mark Fowler began running 2 years ago as a way to get healthy. Now he's training for his third 1/2 marathon.

This week the group took to the hills to build up some stamina. Mark trained with the group last year for his first half marathon and has learned a lot of helpful tips and made some new friends along the way.

This week they are focused on dealing with soreness and hunger while training. Mark says he's dealt with soreness first hand this time around but that won't slow him down.

"I missed a couple of training days because I had a injury in my calf. It knotted up, but I got the knot worked out and I'm to start running again this week," explains Mark.

Bayshore in Training Coach Alison says, "at this point in training (less than 80 days until race day!), many runners are experiencing fatigue and minor aches and pains, especially after a challenging workout or long run.

"This is completely normal! It is often referred to as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). Some ways to relieve DOMS include ice, massage, stretching/yoga, foam rolling, or light non-impact physical activity such as swimming or spinning.

"As long as the soreness does not change your gait (the way you run) you can continue to run through it. However, if pain last longer than a few days and is accompanied by bruising or excessive swelling the runner should consult their doctor."

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