What’s been going on?
A bloody lot. I have been pretty much given the word that I can push myself as hard as I want with running and just let my body decide how much I can handle (was hoping this would mean I could stop doing bloody squats but no luck there). Went pretty hard at training for the first part of the week before going away on a buck’s weekend which put an end to any rehab work (and just about any sleep). Pretty determined to work hard through the residual fatigue of last weekend and start setting some goals.
I have provisionally set the Cadbury Marathon in January as my first goal to just make the distance and then the Great Ocean Road Marathon in May when I hope to run a more reasonable time.
It wasn’t much more than half a week, but I managed to get in a fair bit of running anyway. Only did 50km on the bike and 20km of running, but managed five leg sessions in the gym as well. I have to admit to not having looked after myself that well in terms of diet and sleep over the weekend, but that was a conscious decision I was willing to make now that most of the actual recovery is complete. It is important to keep enjoying life and any sacrifice I make to hasten recovery is made with careful thought.
Having received permission to start pushing towards running at full speed, I am planning on running a weekly time trial to see how my progress is going. This week’s run was a bit more than ten minutes slower than I would have expected before I hurt myself so plenty of room to improve, but it was nice to just be able to push myself. I am sure the times will come.
Metrics are motivating. It is amazing what a difference to my state of mind completing a timed run has done. I now have a starting point to begin trying to build from. Doesn’t matter that I am a lot higher than I would like, as I will be able to work towards and that and see concrete progress in my improving times.
So as mentioned elsewhere, having done myself a pretty significant injury recently, I feel I am making some really good progress towards being healthy and a number of people have said they enjoyed the previous article. While it seems that the word, 'inspiration,' now belongs to people who post nearly naked photos posing on instagram, I hope this page can continue to be helpful to others. I thought I would keep a bit of a weekly journal of my continued journey (I cringed a little bit as I typed that word, thinking of how often it is used by reality tv contestants), including the progress I am making week to week, the work I am doing towards said progress and my observations of how things are going.