05h00am. Woke up feeling great. So excited to Run today! Legs feeling light, those first few steps? A-OK! Cup of Coffee, hmmmm…delicious. Shoes, shirt, socks, watch. All in the right place. A look out the window, sure to be sunny, Awesome!
Check the training plan for the day, confidence. Let’s go! Get a bit of a warm-up going, nice and fresh outside! So good to be done with winter. Everything is quiet, no one else is out here at this time. All to myself!
Out the gate. Ok, let’s go. Taking it slow up to the corner, legs and feet warming up. Then we will see what these puppies can do today! Start the run, normally cautious, but to day, cautiously optimistic. Great!
Getting into it, you push. Feels good. Push a bit more. Look down at your watch, o Wow. This could be a good one today. Push some more. Ok, easy. Let’s keep it here for a while. Neon-Green leaves of spring start speeding up. The open road invites. Push a bit more. Breathing? Still good, Still feeling good.
Right, let’s go. Push a bit more, I think I can hold this all the way. Yes, strong. Breathing harder, still not impossible. So light! Then you feel it.
Small at first, that old spot that you have had so much trouble with before. Not the one that cost you the race that last time. The other one. The older one. Still warming up right? It has gone away in the past. now, it seems to stay. But I feel so good, let’s just keep going! You keep going, holding the same pace. Trying to stay in the good zone. But that spot starts becoming louder. And louder. Should you stop? Or keep going.
A long term view
You know the rest of the story. One of the most frustrating things in running. The doubt, the endless circles of agonizing over the smallest niggle. And the age old question. Should you stop or keep going? You should know by now that you can rarely run something like that better. But then somedays, it literally goes away. You forget about it and finish the race strong. But other days those small things stick around. And it’s you against the knee. That is not a struggle that you would wish on anyone.
Why do we do it? When it all goes well, it’s great. The best feeling n the world. To run. When you are in the midst of that mind game, not so much. Most of us do this because we want to complete that dream race. That bucket list item that we have worked so hard for. No, you can’t stop now. All that money, paid. All the effort, everyone who has supported you. Said nothing when you went out for that umpteenth run. You can’t let go. So you keep going. You think all the new inventions, medications, ideas and Dr. Google will keep you on the run. Pure agony.
That is why you need a system
If you are serious about running, you need to systemize your running for maximum results. Versus trying every new thing that comes on the market, as a shiny new tactic. Nice, bite size, easy to digest. Tips and tricks and techniques and kit and equipment. Short term gains over long term progress. This is why the professionals don’t leave anything to chance. Concrete in their principles, and unwavering in their dedication to their goals. ( 4 years training for a 1% improvement to win an Olympic Gold anyone? Thought so). Take a note from the professionals. Most of us are at least as serious as they are about that bucket list race. We just don’t have the system in place.
What are your long term goals?
If you had a system geared toward a long term goal, you wouldn’t jeopardise it for a short term step such as one more workout. Or missing a week to save a season? If you don’t have a system, you lose sight of the big picture. Training can only begin once all injury has been recovered. A system adheres to principles, a foundation of knowledge that ensures you will get to the end and reach your goal. If your goal is the ultra at the end of the season, why risk it all on a workout with a sore foot? But at the same time, you need to know when to load the muscles again, because taking time off completely might also not be the answer. Taking your activity level down to zero is also not the answer.
The body responds to stress
Too much and it gets hurt. Just enough and it gets stronger. Switch to a long term view, and it becomes much clearer, but we don’t. Once we have made peace with said injury, we usually recoil into the fetal position and stay there, feeling sorry for ourselves. You aren’t being punished, you just did too much! No big deal! You can get back on your feet in no time if you would just relax and work your way back up! Something as simple as going for a walk, checking to see if the pain gets any worse, is effective. If the niggle is small enough, you can run slowly. Just check that it doesn’t get any worse. The body will respond with blood, plasma, energy, healing powers. Just give it a chance!
Your running is important to you
We get it. So if you find yourself inside this struggle, contact us for a full runners assessment. After an evaluation of your running goals and a full assessment of your mobility, strength and form, you will get a personalised full mobility, strength and form-training program. The program will be tailored to your individual running goals and focus on improving running performance while preventing injury. We’ll show you how to optimize your strengths and target the areas that need improvement. We hate running as much as you do, and we want to keep your shoes on the trail, not in the back of the closet.
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