There’s nothing like starting over from the beginning, but that’s exactly what I’m doing when it comes to running. I have a feeling, the knee and calf injuries will always be with me in some form. Meaning that unless I stop for a long amount of time, it’s going to continue to hurt. I will say that I am very proud of myself. I didn’t run or cycle for two weeks. Instead I have concentrated on strength training at the gym and in yoga. There are so many different exercise to do that will help strengthen the core and legs for runners. Google strength training, core, knee pain etc. and you will be inundated with different exercises to perform. Sometimes it’s just daunting, so I pick out a few I like (that don’t cause pain) and focus on those until I get ready to try something new. Strength training ALWAYS works. I can already feel the difference in how my body responds and thus the more I can use my core the lest impact I’m going to feel on my knees, feet and lower back.
It’s all about discipline and not taking the easy way out. You could insert that sentence anywhere in everyday life. In order to train for something as big as a marathon you have to be disciplined in the way you eat and exercise. I’ve often been told by a few people that they would love to run a marathon, but started training and realized that “hey this requires a lot of time and work”. It does. I do something at least 5 to 6 days a week to keep up. Unless you are in tip top shape, it’s hard to come back after not doing anything for 2 to 3 weeks, and it doesn’t get any easier as you age…believe me. So the starting from scratch part of it I’m not looking forward to. I was just getting my breath down and kind of getting in a groove. Now I must start again and when I say start again, I’m going back old school. You know the walk 2 minutes run 2 minutes program. Physical and mental discipline is key. In my opinion, injuries give us a chance to listen to our bodies before something big happens.
This week was positive. I got out and walked and even got in a short ride today! It felt so good to be on the bike again! I could have gone a long way today, but I stuck to 11.75 miles. Everything felt good but again discipline and no pushing. I was so happy I got in 17.58 this week for a total of 47.09 for the month. Feels good. Half of last months mileage, but that’s the way it goes. I’ve got 4430.66 in the bank with 6884.34 painless miles remaining. (Just kidding). Happy Miles to You!!