Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pushing through it

It's been a relatively good week so far and I'm looking forward to extending it through this Labor Day weekend. The MP has shown small improvements with consistent stretching a few sessions of PT. I started something new this week too - something I've wanted to incorporate into my routine for some time now...yoga. Not just any yoga mind you...P90X yoga. I'm hoping all the stretching, twisting and balance in between run days will be a good way to relieve all the pounding from the road and strengthen my mental fortitude.

It's one of the hardest things about finding fitness and the universal truth about pushing your body beyond its limits...the marriage of eating well and exercise is a great idea but the honeymoon sucks. Starting any new workout or exercise combined with eating less requires the body to suffer adjust. Whether it's caloric, muscular or mental, your energy levels and motivation are bound to take a dip as your body screams, "What the hell are you doing to me!". Pushing past this is one of the hardest things to do whether you're just getting off the couch or training for some personal fitness goal.

I too am back in that place where a 7 mile run feels like torture. It's true what they say - fitness and endurance can take months and months to create but it only takes weeks to lose (or less depending on the amount of beer and pizza consumed). That said, I have A LOT of work to do in the month of September if I'm going to be remotely ready for the Cave Creek 50K in October. Hopefully the weather will begin to cool down and longer runs will be more inviting.

So to all of you out there who are sore today from your workout, I say "push on". Take 10 minutes, stretch and resolve to do it again tomorrow - I guarantee, it gets better.

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