The shadowy state of reverse taper is just a bit too difficult to deal with. I need to run. I get the need to rest. I truly do. Marathon running and the lead-up training put strain and stress on these 50 year old bones, muscles and mind; I know I need to scale things down. Things have been scaled down and now I need to run as usual.
What’s been happening in the running department?
Last week was all about getting back into things. A few nice slow shorter runs, a parkrun on Saturday, with Sunday culminating in Janette and I taking on support crew role for The Running Group’s half marathon training run.
This week we’ve taken a huge plunge and have started at a new gym. I’ve never been a gym person but it’s been quite fun so far. We love our Outside Fit Class but with a change of location it no longer fits into our weekly routine. The gym is the one I wrote about recently. We had a month free membership and it has a pool complex to go with it.
It’s all about posture
Monday night was our first real work out. During our session a PT called us over. First we had to stand straight against the wall. The PT looked at us, nodded his head and then proceeded to give us these strange exercises without explaining anything. Janette was there along with Pauly and another chap from The Running Group who was there coincidentally. We all looked at each other wondering what was going on but with faith in the knowledge and authority of the PT.
What did we do? We crawled, rocked, got up to standing position from being flat on our back with one hand on one knee, we bridged, we had to lift our weight off a chair with just our hands… Then he got us to stand against the wall again. Whereas before our shoulders were quite a ways from the wall, now they were perfectly in line.
He explained that the routine we’d done was to improve our posture. As runners we tend to lean forwards too much (and computer and desk work creates the same stooped posture). This routine was all about putting us back in line and correcting our stance. Most interesting. And it felt good to be standing tall.
We thoroughly enjoyed our session at the gym. And our weekly membership is the same price as one Outside Fit session AND we can go as much as we like. The travelling in and out is going to be a challenge (it’s an hour’s drive each way), so we’ll see how we go!
The Launceston Running Club’s Annual Dinner
Saturday night was the Launceston Running Club’s Annual Dinner. After running the marathon the week before I couldn’t think of a more special way to celebrate a year of running. In all 25 trophies are presented for the 25 different handicapped races staged during the March to September season. It’s lovely to see runners go up on stage and receive their trophies and make a little speech. All, without exception, thanked the Club and said how much they enjoy running with everyone. Running for fitness, for friendship for relief from the routine of life. For mental health. Paul was awarded his trophy for winning Race 25 – The Feature Race. That was special.
Reverse Tapering? It has its merit, it should be respected, it should be given time. A week is long enough surely? I hope so. I can’t wait for a good longer run. 15kms are coming up this Friday and then the following Friday Louise and I will be running our own 21.1 kms. We have signed up for a virtual Half Marathon with the Indigenous Marathon Project. This Project aims to raise money to send some Australian Indigenous Runners to run the New York Marathon.
We will be running tall supporting this wonderful cause and the bling that goes with it is so good. Reverse tapering is down, time to get back into running far, happy and always.
Happy running 🙂