I am running!

I am pleased to report another good week.

I saw Mark the Consultant at Physio4Life last Wednesday and he was very impressed with progress. He gave me some more dynamic exercises for my back and core and then he said those magic words ‘I think you’re ready to try a run’.

Before my next Turbo session, he suggested I do an easy 10 minute run. Effectively treat the run as my warm up for the turbo.

So last Thursday evening I did my usual back exercises, then I did the more dynamic ones and then I did an easy paced 10 minute run (turned out to be 12 minutes as that was the once around the block time). Then I jumped on the turbo and did a 60 minute structured session. Then after the turbo I did the exercises again post work out.

All was good.

That was Thursday, I rested on the Friday (having trained Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues and Thursday) – Saturday I did a swim (1,900 metres) and all felt good.

Mark said if the first run went well I should try a second run so I did a second run and Turbo session on Sunday morning. This didn’t go as well, no severe pain or anything like that but more niggling this time then it was the Thursday before. I think the reason for this was the fact it was a morning run and turbo and not an evening session. My back is a lot stiffer in the morning and gets ‘looser’ during the day, so I think it was the fact I was stiffer than usual. I was out Sunday afternoon and evening so it was either train in the morning or miss the session.

I also didn’t get home until late in the evening on Sunday so I didn’t do the exercises as thoroughly as I usually do. If I am honest it was more of a token effort!

So a stiffer back today and twinges of the knee, but not due to the running, more due to the fact I trained in the morning.

So back exercises when I get in from work later this evening (the usual ones and the new more dynamic ones) and before I go to bed and again in the morning and will see if it eases up.

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Getting my Mojo back

Second post within a week – starts to show I am getting back into training again after my injury.

Two really good swim and turbo sessions (thanks to Mark my coach) and all seems good. I say thanks Mark as the difference between doing a properly structured sessions versus ‘just going for a swim’ or ‘doing a turbo’ is amazing. The session goes so quick and yet you feel like you have done a session.

The two swims (Tuesday and today) were good, short but structured and the Turbo’s (both an hour) on Wednesday and yesterday have really perked me up on the training front. Mark also limited me to 5 sessions this week, which was key because when all is going well the temptation to do a session everyday  was there. I even wanted to do a turbo yesterday morning and a swim in the afternoon, but no point in having a coach if you aren’t going to follow his advice, so one session only and only 5 sessions this week.

I am keen to start running but I am also extremely nervous about running. I am back to see Mark Saunders at Physio4Life on Wednesday and will see what he has to say on progress before chatting to Mark (the coach) about running. I think I may be another week away from running and even then I am assuming it will be some very short and easy runs, probably treadmill based so I can stop if I need to.

The back is still achey at times and my knee still twinges at times, but it’s all about getting movement and flex into my back in a progressive and structured way, so twinges shouldn’t stop me training.

So patience is key and hence still not looking at any events to book up over the winter, yet!

Let’s see what next week brings.

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Look out you Brownlees

After almost 4 months of injury I have just got back from the gym having done a swim work out.

It’s early days – I am not reaching for the events calendar to find an event to sign up to just yet, but to be back training again, even just one session, is a huge step forward.

Thanks to Physio4Life to getting me this far and now over to Mark my coach to get me fit again.

Turbo session scheduled for tomorrow.

Fingers crossed I am over the worst of it. Ready to training just in time for winter!

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