We're our own worst enemy.
Have you ever been guilty of that scenario? Do me a favor...look away (as I meekly raise my hand). Thanks, I owe you one.
|Daily goals for March|
On a quest to remain injury-free, I came up with (what I considered) a no-fail list of daily exercises to strengthen my hips and keep my hammies happy. Sounds legit, no? My plan was to do these PT moves everyday for the 31 days of March, and, come April, I'd be ready for action!
How did my March plan of action go? Not so well.
And, what's happening in April? Official commencing of Grandma's Marathon training!
Well, after (not even) the first week, I had to bail. Maybe it was too aggressive doing these every day? Maybe I curtsied too deeply (or too wide). Or maybe I curtsied too often? Or maybe I shouldn't have curtsied at all? UGH. All I know is that my hip flexors did not embrace my grandiose plan (and I have spent the remainder of the month, thus far, trying to rehab what those first few days did to me).
Now, I'll spare you the melodramatic details. These exercises did not land me in the physical therapist's office, nor did they keep me from running. In fact my March mileage has progressed nicely as I continued building my base back in preparation for the upcoming long-run weekends awaiting me.
So, although I did not keep up with doing all of these exercises daily, I did continue doing them in moderation. I may have temporarily bailed on the curtsy lunges (until my hips feel fully recovered), but all the other moves are feeling fine.
|There's been all kinds of star-training happening|
If this was a pass/fail assessment, I'd give myself a definite passing grade (there were too many variables to factor in an actual letter grade). Although I had my best interests at heart with my initial attempts at prepping for my next 26.2 excursion, I soon realized my March plan of action was not working for me. It was doing more harm than good, so I modified it to better serve my needs. I'm just thankful I had the sense to NOT continue with it in hopes of it getting better. I have not yet come up with a new set of monthly goals (for April), and my Grandma's Marathon training plan is still being tweaked...but here's a sneak preview:
|still a work-in-progress...|
So, there you have what's currently happening in my little corner of the universe.
Have you ever had a training plan actually produce adverse effects? If so, did you outright bail on it, or did you modify it to better suit your needs? Ever have to eat the crow on a plan you created yourself?
I'm linking up with Marcia and Patty and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run...we're talking about the month of March, and assessing our progress. Join the party!
Also, I'm linking with Suzie and Rachel and Debbie and Lora for the Running Coaches' Corner
And with Nicole and Annmarie and Jen for the Wild Wednesday Workout