Saturday, July 27, 2013

An extended break

After a tad over 3 weeks, the vital running muscles are still not right. I can still feel some discomfort when I walk briskly. I suspect I'll be taking more than 6 weeks off running. As horrid as that may sound, it actually isn't that bad. The walking has been very pleasant (muscle discomfort aside), and bike riding allows me to work out at a low heart rate.  So technically it's not really 'working out'. Indeed, today I managed to ride 103km and it was surprisingly easy. Of course, it took a long time! That's to be expected.  I am very grateful to have the compact crank set as the easy gearing it provides makes all the difference! One can really 'doddle' along. I have also gained a real appreciation of the bike paths here in Canberra! When you are trying to ride at a training pace, bike paths are a hindrance, but when it's all about a doddle, bike paths rock! I passed some familiar runner's faces today and none of them recognised me clad in lycra, helmet and glasses. I wonder if I have been passed by runners out cycling when I've been out running on bike paths?

Tour de Lakes - The lakes of Canberra (103km on the bike)

It's hard to know when (if) I'll be able to run again. I suspect my current sojourns on the bike and out walking aren't helping me make a full physical recovery. However, they are working wonders for my mental status AND of course, are getting lots of steps for the GCC :-). The GCC doesn't finish until late September. My team is battling with another DAFF team at present, so we can't back off. Maybe running won't happen until the end of the GCC. Only time will tell. Well that and the start of the magpie breeding season ;-).

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

6 weeks

It seems that things have deteriorated and muscle pain is pretty evident no matter what kind of running I'm doing. For people with severe overtraining syndrome, treatment is complete rest and detraining. This can vary from 4 - 8 weeks with a slow reintroduction to training after that. Historically there have been enforced rests on my part due to injury, but not with complete detraining and not of sufficient duration. As much as it pains me to stop productive endurance exercise, it seems that is what I must now do. This means NO running at all for the next 6 weeks (at least). If I post on this blog about doing some running before 6 weeks is up (that's 13 August 2013), please chastise me! Gentle spinning on a bike is allowable; however, it is for mental health reasons only, not to maintain or work on fitness. Plus there will be plenty of walking, as there is still the GCC to consider! It's time to become and slug and to see if my cranky muscles can heal and completely recover.
Couch potato time - see you in 6 weeks
Rest apparently does not resolve ATI. However, as I have not taken a full on rest approach, it's worth giving it a good shot.