Most people who follow me on social media know me as a runner and there’s a good chance that you’ve noticed there hasn’t been a lot of running recently. Long story short, I picked up an injury during the world trail championships last year and haven’t trained consistently or raced since. The injury became chronic tendonopathy in the hamstring which took a frustratingly long time to heal. If ever there was a good time to be injured then the past year would probably be it, with getting married, moving countries, trying to build a business and organise a race, things have been pretty busy but at long last it seems that things could be back on track. I’m almost completely pain free and ready to get back to running.
After such a long lay off my condition is a long way from previous years but I’m ready to work and see where I can end up, I still have a few targets that I want to achieve which I will share in a future blog. Right now I’m back to running every day, nothing huge, just building up slowly. We live in a training paradise surrounded by the Tramuntana mountains so my training will be different to previous years. When I lived in Scotland I would train in the hills twice per week, the rest of the week would be flat running. Where I live now there is no flat so every day will be in the hills, it’ll be interesting to see what effect that has.
Something that I’ve seen both with clients I’ve coached and friends who have had long term injuries is the tendency to compare their current fitness with their previous performances which can be really demotivating. I’m determined to to think that way, I’ll compare myself with last week rather than last year and focus on the weekly (hopefully) improvements. I’ll be sharing everything on Strava from today onwards to keep myself accountable. If you’ve had a long term injury and have any tips on the mental game from your road back to fitness then please share them in the comments below. I already have a couple of races in mind for later in the year and I’ll use some local races here in Mallorca for fitness and motivation.
I also have a YouTube channel on the way featuring training videos, workouts, rehab videos and all things trail featuring some of my coached athletes and training partners so please subscribe to that and let me know what you think of the videos. All the details will be on social media soon.
Thanks for reading and see you on the trail!!!