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The Unelite Athlete

Back To Base!

So I’ve enjoyed some time off, I recovered properly and let my injury heal through rest and proper exercise to bring my IT band back to it’s stiff, supple self. Also, which is important, I digested my race fail and put into plan where to go from here. Now it’s on to the next step, going back to base.

So you need to have some foresight into what you are hoping to achieve, and the further you can look, the better it is. Have a big overall goal, and put little goals along the timeline, sort of like way markers to keep you on course.

After you know your direction it’s good to start your training feeling strong. I find a good way is by resetting the body. Don’t worry about workouts for the first few runs, just get your body back into the routine of running easy and recovering well.

This is a good time to introduce any cross training which you think will benefit you in recovery and not to forget extra fitness! For me it’s a cross trainer, which I have came to love. I can jump on it for 15 or 20 minutes of low impact exercise which will get the blood flowing and the lungs blowing! I also have started concentrating more on different exercises and stretches that will help strengthen and stretch my muscles to aid recovery.

It’s important to introduce this now because if you try it later when the mileage is getting high, and you’re looking at cutting out something to save time, more than likely, you’ll drop the stretching or strength work which will rapidly increase your risk of injury, and let’s face it – the goal is to stay fit and healthy, not to be laid up because of injury.

So concentrating on the overall plan, we can relate to it like building a house. You start digging and setting the foundation and making sure that your house is strong, and the bricks won’t start falling down around you in the future! Because nobody wants to live in a house where there is a risk of it falling down, just like nobody wants to run in a body that has a risk of falling down either (metaphorically speaking)!

Moving forward, remember not to dwell on past failures. Take them forward as the motivation that will drive you on but, don’t for one second let them make you think you will fail again. You have the information and knowledge of what you can do to make yourself better and to keep moving forward. It’s just a case of putting it into practice and keeping it in practice!

Wish me luck, as I wish luck to you.

Catch up with you soon,

Calum

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