Good news: training this spring went well. Just like I have shared in recent months, nearly all of my performances continued to improve: better strength, better muscular endurance, more power, faster running. The progression has been toward greater, general fitness.
Bad news: I went on holiday. The trip was exceptional, but after a week off from intense training, only walking, I struggled to get moving again. I was very sluggish in all my workouts.
Good news: the second week after my holiday, I felt a lot better. Apparently, it just took a while to get going again. After about a week or so of normal training, I felt like I had prior to the break.
Bad news: I strained a calf muscle while running (right lateral gastrocnemius, if anyone cares). It came from nowhere. I was halfway through a workout, well warmed up. Over a span of 5 strides or so, the pain appeared and increased to a moderate level and I stopped. Unfortunately, I had to walk (limp) about 2 miles back to the gym where my bicycle was parked.
Good News: I recovered. After 2 weeks of no running--I could do just about anything else, then 2 weeks of easy running, as well as some Kinesiotape/Rock Tape from Pat, I was good to go.
Bad news: that break put me behind schedule.
Good News: I adapt. I am back at it, continuing to set and achieve short term goals. My running continues to improve--every 5k time trial this year has been faster than the last. My legs and core certainly continue to show strength and endurance improvements too. So, it is all good!
- If I train smart, I still have the potential to improve, even at 47 years old--strength, speed, endurance, etcetera.
- Even at my current training intensity, I need fewer rest days.
- My strength training is helping my running improve.
- S**t happens. My calf injury was probably a side effect of my age. I just have to do my best to prevent that sort of thing, knowing that another muscle or joint might get irritated in the future.
I continue to learn...