As of this week, I had great plans to start my 10 km training. I don’t have any race coming up but I wanted to use the structure of the plan as a way to work on improving my pace. Well ever heard the expression: “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans?” Clearly that seems to be the case with me.
It’s been over a month since I’ve run properly due to my leg injury and while I still am not 100% sure what the injury is, I do know that running is not the answer. I’ve run a couple of times in between and as much as I wanted to pretend that it felt great, they were painful runs. My leg only felt more aggravated afterward- not so fun, especially once the endorphins wear off!
Anyone who runs will agree that the worst time to get injured is when your momentum is at its peak. I was so in the zone and I was running the fastest that I ever have. Initially not being able to run really upset me:
- I missed the freedom to just bang out a few miles whenever, wherever
- I was scared of losing fitness
- I craved the thrill of those runs which seemed effortless
- I lost almost all motivation to work out
Rather than continue to feel frustrated at the situation, I’ve decided to use this opportunity to
whip out the tequila and salt make lemonade. My workouts have always been more cardio-focused but as of now, I’m going to branch out of my comfort zone and focus more on weight training while reducing my cardio. In terms of weight training, I’m going to see what kind of schedule/split works for me as time goes on. For now, here’s my plan of action:
- Day 1: 40/50 minutes Cardio & Abs
- Day 2: Lower Body Weights
- Day 3: Upper Body Weights
- Day 4: 40/50 minutes Cardio & Abs
- Day 5: Full Body Weights
I’m looking forward to a new challenge. I’m looking forward to a fitter and more toned body. I am looking forward to developing enough arm strength to bust out at least 10 regular press ups in one shot. And of course, I am looking forward to getting back into my running trainers eventually once my leg has healed!