“Life is not about hacking. Life is not about removing the obstacles to create a super highway towards your goal. You have to embrace the journey.
When you face those obstacles, you’re forced to confront yourself, and that reveals character. It’s how you develop as a human being.
So rather than trying to avoid them, embrace them.” ~ Rich Roll
It’s only after accepting my long term Achilles injury a year ago, after 6 months of denial and resistance, that I started to get better. I was lost, I was depressed. In July 2016, after speaking to a runner at HARP 24, I went to see a new physio, Arron at Back 2 Best Sport Rehab Clinic. He taught me to accept my injury, start a fitness diary and concentrate on building strength while running a minimal amount to rebuild my Achilles strength & mobility.
In parallel I signed up for Beachbody on Demand and Runsmart Online, streaming workouts from both sites, choosing all impact free workouts. I also joined a local gym, Fungi Fitness, mostly for the weekends circuit classes.
The result has been totally unexpected. Not only have I lost weight, but I have become a faster and stronger runner in the process.
On the left August 2016, top right August 2017, bottom right December 2017.
After 51 marathons and 12 years of running as mostly a plodder, I suddenly have hope for progress. Pace is not the most important thing, running until I am 100 years old and injury free is. However I am still chasing a sub 4 hours marathon dream and will try my best in Paris in April.
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~ Francis of Assisi