Day 232 – 238 – A Week of RecoveryFebruary 16th, 2014 by David
This past week has been really tough mentally, my injured hip won’t recover so I decided to have an extended period of rest, with less than 8 weeks to go until the marathon it eats into valuable mileage and makes the task of completing in under 5 hours more and more of a challenge. I realize though that resting now and nursing my injury is going to give me a better chance of completing the marathon and really I should be focusing on that rather than a specific time to achieve.
As long as I finish I will have completed my goal, I know that I am capable of a half marathon and I know that the excitement, adrenaline and crowd will give me another 6 miles on the day, so 20 has to be the magic number before the big day, and I’m not that far off so I should reduce the pressure on myself and look back at how far I have come in the last 7 months.
I was invited to a wedding this weekend which meant that I had to be prepared to resist lots of alcohol and unhealthy food, I adopted my usual tactic of making sure I ate well before the event and stuck to salads, fruit and sparkling water! It may be plain and boring but it keeps me on track, there is such a short time to go to the marathon that I need to remain strong and focused which is all the motivation that I need. Sitting next to an overweight person that got extremely drunk and made a fool of themselves reassured me that I made the right decision to change my lifestyle and improve myself as a person. I will never return to that, I am determined to make this change permanent and seeing things like that only spurs me on more because what I am doing is the right thing for me. I want to attain
the feeling of success and through my continued hard work and determination I am getting closer and closer to achieving that.
I spent some time at a local spa trying to get some well needed rest and relaxation. I booked a deep tissue massage which I thought would be great for tired, sore and aching muscles. It turns out that a deep tissue massage is brutally painful! It is certainly an hour of my life that I am not going to forget in a hurry! I have also managed to find a chiropractor so will go for treatment next week to make sure that everything is ok for me to ramp up my training as I get closer to the big day.
The weather in Kazakhstan is still brutal and sub-zero, I continue to train inside but can’t wait for the spring to get here and for some long runs in the mountains…