It’s what underneath that counts

Normally I don’t have any problems in motivating myself to run. Basically I love to run and have been running regularly for the majority of my 58 years but at the moment I’m injured with a sore tendon so I’ve not been able to run for the last 6 weeks. It is getting better and I really hope to be out running soon!

It is easy when injured to do nothing. The physio I have been seeing said that some of his clients just vegetate when they are injured but I have been keen to maintain some fitness so when I can run again it won’t take too long to regain my fitness.

I have always felt that to maintain a regular fitness programme it needs to be part of your daily routine. If you can run/cycle to work then that is ideal.

So while I’ve been injured I have tried to do the following three things ….

  • Cycle to work. I work about 5 miles from where I live so it’s great to be able to use that time getting some exercise. I’m also fortunate in that there is a shower where I work!!
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With friends Steven and James after a 35 mile cycle ride to our work Team Building 2 days

  • Cross Trainer – I must admit I don’t like to be indoors to exercise. I much prefer to be outside even in the rain and wind but sometimes it may be the only option.

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  • Elliptigo – A friend lend me his Elliptigo so I can get outside. An Elliptigo is basically a cross trainer on wheels. It is closer to a running action that a bike but you don’t have the impact of running.

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So far I’ve been for an hour along the cycle path which is a mile from my house. I wear similar gear to running plus a cycle helmet! I’ve not worn my heart rate monitor but I suspect it would a similar rate to a steady run.

So if, when, you are injured look for creative ways to keep some sort of aerobic fitness until you can get back to running!

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One Response to It’s what underneath that counts

  1. I took a hard sharp left turn and I injured my left knee last week. Turns out is the IT band – never heard of it but I know it can be a bitch. Taking 2 weeks off from running and man, isn’t that a pain! Is the best time of the year and look at me, I stay on my butt like a sucker while others are all out running the city up and down 😦

    Anyway, my plan moving forward is to start walking the 9 km to walk in the morning. I did this in the first part of the year and it really helped me losing some of the stiffness and I’m pretty sure it helped with my running this year. I used to commute biking but I just think it doesn’t really help with running the way walking does.

    Great article, cheers, Vic

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