Friday, January 14, 2011


I'm having a bit of a mental battle over training at the moment. The sensible part of me knows that I need to be patient, exercise restraint and stick to what I'm able to do safely. Which is basically a whole bunch of boring stuff. I realise that this is the right thing to do... but then there's the other part of me, the one that whispers that this stuff is for wusses, that it isn't REAL training.

I've always enjoyed the go hard or go home approach, and apart from a few weeks between September and November last year, it's been a long time since I've been able to do that.

My sane side is ruling though, and I'm behaving myself and plodding along like a good girl. *sigh*

So far this week, I've walked, stretched, done a short Pilates workout and used the foam roller and tennis ball ad nauseum. Yesterday, I also allowed my physio to stick his elbows into my glutes and his nasty fingers into my neck, shoulder and knee in a most painful way, and then use me as a human pincushion. Today I'm off to the gym for an upper body workout, and I'll make an effort to get on the spin bike as well for some sedate cycling. I have been enjoying my walks, but if this rain keeps up, I'll be doing most of my walking on a treadmill for the foreseeable future. Better load up the ipod!

The real downside of being so restricted is that I need to cut back my food intake to match my reduced energy expenditure. I love my food, but tight pants was not one of my January goals....


Cherub said...

Slow and steady wins the race - unfortunately.

Unknown said...

It's so hard to restrain sometimes isn't it? I think that's why my injuries take so long to heal- I'm very circumspect for a while and then get fed up and frustrated with myself and go hard (ish) and before you know it- back to square one!!! Keep your chains on!

Shar said...

Plodding can be a good thing.

I used to 'go hard or go home' but I have to plod now and have realized there's always a good reason for it.

Maybe a few 'ghogh' moments through the year combined with plodding will work out.


Magda said...

Oh I so understand Kek. Half Marathon in April and by August I'm so badly injured that ALL I'm allowed to do is walk for 30 minutes a day. You keep saying to yourself "whats the point?" Stay strong (in your mind) and sensible and you'll come out the other side. There is still time to go hard or go home but that time is not now.

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