Tag: Running injuries

When Exercise Doesn’t Work – Part 1

 

Banging-your-head-against-aHave you ever had an exercise program that just didn’t work because it didn’t feel good,  it didn’t accomplish what it was supposed to, or it was something inconvenient you’d have to do for the rest of your life in order to maintain the results? Frequently, the actions we’re told will help us improve turn out to be the very things we avoid because they’re unpleasant, and in some cases even injurious.

My first experience with learning to racewalk typified this. The drills and techniques I practiced led to a disabling hamstring pull.1  However, my second attempt two years later, using the very same exercises, resulted in great success.  How could this be?

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Be Careful What You Wish For…

I never win anything. That’s why I entered this year’s Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) registration lottery. The MCM has been on my bucket list since 2012. In truth, I didn’t want to do the race this year. Instead, I was looking forward to a relaxed summer. With the lottery, I was fully confident that I could service my bucket list and yet avoid feeling bad about not getting in. (Of course, the registration fee would never be charged to my credit card.)

Except that I was picked! In a flash, my non-refundable registration fee was gone, and my laid back summer which hadn’t even arrived yet was already a thing of the past.  The MCM had moved off the Bucket List and onto the Oh F#@k It List!

Now, for the second time, I am nearly half way through my training to racewalk the upcoming MCM.  Two years ago I was also registered for the MCM (different registration process entirely), and at this point in my training, I had injured myself and had to withdraw.

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