Sunday, 26 June 2011

Back in Business

Back in business this week. The E(er)N(ose)T(hroat) system is gradually clearing from the clogging. Ticked off all the scheduled runs, including the Sunday’s 100 min. Feeling pretty good. I schedule the longest run of the week on Sundays. This will now gradually increase up to 200 min in September. Looking forward to that. Been reading and trialing out different recovery techniques. So far so good.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Waiting to bounce back

Back injury last week; cold this week. I have been forced to skip my scheduled runs this week. Kept off the road after googling out pros, cons and risk of running during illness.

Looking at the brighter side - another productive week for the fund raise - $120 for the week! Now waiting for my stuffy nose and head to clear so that I can be back on the road. I am not liking not running at all. At the mean time, keeping my spirit up by reading Relentless Forward Progress by Byron Powell.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Learning from Injury

Most of this week I suffered pain at my lower back. I do not know whether it is the running or something else but I spent Wed-Fri miserably. Still a bit sore but better than Friday.

The back pain scared hell out of me. I have committed to charity and the campaign means pressure is on to complete what I started. And I will. It will be a shame to give up due to injury. I have always been conscious of injury, and have not been carried away to over-train. This week also after the back pain, took it easier on running. Skipped Friday run. Took it real easy on today's 60 min work out. 

I have not been discouraged by the pain. Instead have taken it as a lesson to be watchful in the days to come.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

2 Best Running Buddies

What a fantastic sunny morning after what seemed like the whole week of rainy, cold and dark days. Went for 80 min run 6:30AM; feeling fantastic.

As mentioned in my last post, last week (May 23-29) was on recovery mode. Seems it worked; I feel recharged. Most importantly, my body feels recovered. Missed Friday run this week. Life sometimes comes between runs, and that is OK. As the experts say - skipping 25-30% of the scheduled runs are OK as long as you do not miss the long runs.

I want to talk about my two favorite running buddies - Ideas and Music. Yes, music and ideas. I will leave ideas for another post. 

Music helps me distract from the loneliness  of running. Keeps me focused on my work out. I usually listen to either rock music or Nepali fusion instrumental. Ones that frequently score on my play count include - Trikaal (Genius Nepali fusion instrumental) and other Nepali old and new materials, Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, U2, The Traveling Wilburys, Dire Straits, Eagles, Pink Floyd and occasionally heavier materials such as Metallica and Megadeth. The music playing, in some way, reflects my mood.

Intend to have a play list of hand-picked personal favourites for the big day. I reckon Keep on Chooglin from CCR is the best for slow pacing. Will definitely use this at the start in my big day play list.

Play list for today was the following from RHCP-
1. By the way
2. Californication
3. Flea's C#@*
4. Fortune Faded
5. Give it away
6. Higher Ground
7. Otherside
8. Road trippin
9. Scar tissue
10. Under the bridge
11. Universally speaking

Ending with this tweet from Stephen Covey yesterday - "What are you doing with your one precious life?"

More in about a week. Take care. Those of you in NZ, have a great long weekend. Drive safe!