“The impossible can always be broken down into possibilities”
Here at A Crazy Idea we truly believe the importance of a balanced and healthy diet as well as regular exercise. Below we have created simple exercise regimes you can follow, either to get you up and active, or running schedules you can follow to get you fit in order to partake at any level in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon on December 3, 2011.
Our exercise schedules come in three forms: Beginner walker, Beginner runner and Novice runner and will be updated each week.
Week 8: October 6 to October 11, 2011
Each week A Crazy Idea will provide a suggested schedule of activity for those individuals who are looking to get a little bit crazy and dwell outside their comfort zone as they prepare for and complete their first Half Marathon (13.1 miles).
Week 8: One bad run….
A few weeks ago I received an email from a friend who is training for this year’s New York marathon. They had a few concerns after experiencing poor performance on their most recent run. Their email read as follows:
I had the worst run ever last night. I had zero energy. I would run 3/4s of a mile and would have to stop and walk. The legs had nothing. I still managed to stumble along for a few miles but it was very slow and my legs feel sore and stiff today. Is this just a case of needing more rest?
The question itself isn’t overly complex. However the answer could be due to a variety of factors so I thought I would share with you possible reasons behind a less than ideal work out and how I deal with them because a bad work out is good chance for learning.
If we were always at peak performance levels we’d really be on a plateau!
Personally, I’ve been know to get a bit moody anytime a workout doesn’t go to plan. I mean, why wouldn’t a work out go as planned? I know my schedule days in advance. I know what is required of me. All I have to do is go out and get it done. It sounds simple but unfortunately not everything in life goes according to plan and as frustrating as it can be I’ve learned to accept the things I cannot change (after a brief pouting period of course). For one reason or another I wasn’t at my physical best that day and rather dwell on what I couldn’t do I try to focus on the reasons behind it. An important thing to remember is that a less than ideal work out happens to all of us and it isn’t the end of the world or a reflection of how your training is going.
Usually after just such a work out I’ll sit quietly at home and reflect for a few minutes. I refer to it as my runner’s low. During this time I’ll look back at my routine for the last couple of days (this is where having a log of your work outs comes in handy) and analyze the following:
When the occasion does arise and I find myself physically unable to perform my work out as planned I ask myself “what am I capable of achieving that day?” I may not be physically and mentally at my best but for the most part I believe that doing something is better than nothing so I’ll adjust my work out to a level appropriate for how I’m feeling that day. On occasion I’ll skip a work out if need be but it doesn’t happen very often.
Until next week don’t stop running!
Your health is of the utmost importance and not to be neglected. Even though moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, is safe for most people, health experts suggest that you talk to your doctor before you start any exercise program.