We would all like to think we can do everything, just grit our teeth and keep going and probably make any potential injury worse than it already is, which then of course slows down the whole recovery process. I guess with the discontinuation of boxing on a Tuesday morning, I have actually been having a sleep in and getting around 7 - 8 hours sleep a night (which for me is a really strange concept and it would be nice to do this on a daily basis but I dont). In my head I want to get up and do something, but I know that my ankle or knee will not get any better if I continue to run on it.
Resting is a major contributing factor to any training schedule, allowing your body to fully recover and build on any high intensive training conducted. Building muscles and maximising my body repairs with a combination of sleet, stretching, hydration and self massaging techniques. Enduro is only 2 months away and of course, I want to minimse any potential future injuries that may occur.
There should always be a least one day a week that you should have a rest day, and I usually take mine on a Sunday but with house hunting, and usually an event happening I will try and take it off whenever I can. The morning started off with meeting up with the beautiful Linda (my old personal trainer from Fernwood), she is such an inspiring person that has an enormous passion for health and fitness, that you can't help but find it somewhat contagious. She really has helped so many people along with their fitness journeys. Also it was the first time Dave got to meet her, I always find it a little strange that their are some people that have such an influence in your lives, but usually don't get a chance to meet each other. The only down side was that both of them started to go onto me about becoming a Les Mills Body Pump instructor, as I keep saying I love training, I love being trained and love pushing my limits. To deal with other people and to have patience, that I definitely don't have. It was definitely great catching up, just a shame we can't do it more often.
My rest day then consisted of going to the gym and playing on the slide board and skipping for a little while, nothing to strenuous, took it nice and easy. Also still practicing my pull ups and have now progressed onto the yellow bands, now just need to progress onto the pink and then finally my own body weight.
The afternoon turned into a beautiful sunny day, so we took the dog out again to enjoy a bit more of the sunshine, really have to say that when its so sunny outside the last thing you want to do, is waste it sat indoors cleaning. You are always better off getting out in the fresh air and enjoying the blue skys.
There is something about it when the sun is shining and its warm outside. Considering we are in Autumn, it was great to have a 28oC. Since Sunday are taken as a rest day, instead we went for walk down to Elwood along the beach to St Kilda, nothing too strenuous. The beach were full of the usual hustle and bustle, giving you an array of people that gives St Kilda is character.
Not sure if the dog enjoyed as much as me, but it is always good to get out of the house and enjoy the fresh air and atmosphere, get out of the gym especially after spending the morning in the gym yesterday.
I thought I would participate in a met con session yesterday, but didn't actually know there wasn't anything on, so I ended doing my own thing. Roxy gave me a couple of ideas which is great to apply for to other sessions that I would do on my own, and surprisingly it took a lot longer than what I thought it would take.
Run for the Kids
Run for the Kids was also on today, this year being the first year in the last 3 years that I haven't participated, after my performance last year, I really didn't want to go through it again and of course risking any issues with my knee, especially with the 24 hour endurance run, definitely not worth risking it and there is no way I was going to walk it.
On the bright side of things, at least I did my ankle now rather just before the event. I could stand and walk without too much pain, so I knew it wasn't anything too serious. The hardest part would have been to cancel all my classes this week, to ensure that I will be fit enough to participate in Hellfit this Friday (a four hour endurance event in the dark), I just have to make sure I am on the mend, and everything is working as it should be.
Of course a visit to Ben at Mosiac Health helped, especially to have some reassurance that its not as bad as I thought, and with rest and some more exercises I should be ok to go on Friday. I know its not that far away, and I am sure I can cope with not going to the gym for a few days. Somehow I have to keep on track with my diet since I am not heading to the gym, at the end of the day its only a few days and its better a few days than a few months. Slowly learning not to be so stubborn to help get fitter quicker.
Keeping you posted on the OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) journey. Letting you know about courses, events and general health and fitness.