Aches and Pains

I set off for a run this morning; listening to good music, wearing new trainers and a smile.

I jogged through Hyde Park, past Buckingham Palace, checked the time on Big Ben and turned back along the Embankment. As I was nearing Chelsea Bridge Road I started to get some knee pains. I’m no newbie when it comes to this.

You may worry that something is wrong and get disappointed that it has ruined you run, day or training plan. But before these thoughts take over, choose to notice, acknowledge and assess the issue. Not in isolation; take into consideration how far you’ve gone, whether you had food before and how tired you or your body was before you tied up your laces. If you are fatigued then there’s a chance your style is reverting back to the easiest form your body can do, this may contribute to your pains.

Carry on for a bit, see how it feels. If it gets worse, I usually stop and massage the area, slow the pace down and focus on getting home.  When you’re soaking in the bath, think about where was hurting and think about how you can even out the muscle imbalances or tightness that is causing the issue. Don’t ignore it!

This I have done for a while now; what is new is my mindset. No more do I let it ruin my mood because it wasn’t perfect. When I finish I am proud and thank my body and mind for pushing through.

Why would you only train in the nice weather, what happens if it rains on race day (we are in England after all)! There are few people who have a dream race, why should you expect to have dream training? It’s not reflective of the reality of race day when anything could happen.

During longer distance races (marathon, half ironman +) there will be times when you will feel aches and pains and your mind will drift and tell you that your body can’t do it anymore. The more you train with adversity whether it be from your body or your mind the easier it will be to deal with on race day. Because that is what you will do, you will deal with it, push through and get on with the job.

Your mind is stronger than your body, learn how to control and it and use it for good. Stay strong, be determined and proud. In training and during the race.

Louise Foster / Notting Hill Studios

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