After last week’s demoralizing pull-up test I figured it was a good time to take a hard look at my training regime. I’ve been pretty careful to make sure that I don’t go too hard and risk burning out. At this point most of my physical training is about re-establishing the habit of working out regularly. I’ve found this to be a little difficult with my running. At the moment I’m on a running schedule that still incorporates a number of walk/run cycles, which I find infuriatingly frustrating. I know that I can run 5 km right now, so it’s very difficult for me to accept that I should be following this walk/run training plan. I keep having to remind myself that this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. You’d think that this would be easy to keep in mind given that I am in fact training for a marathon.

Where I’m having even more difficulty keeping on plan is with my strength training. At the moment I am focused exclusively on body weight exercises: Pushups, Situps, Planks, Pullups, Squats, and Calf Raises. I’m struggling to accept that I’ve lost so much strength and that it is going to take some time to work my way back to where I was. My instinct is to “push through the pain” until I get to where I want to be. Unfortunately, part of this getting older bullshit apparently means that you don’t recover as quickly, which in turn means you can’t make gains quite as quickly.

With that in mind and in the interest of not burning out before I really get started, I decided to take some time to let my body rest and recover last week. I kept to my running schedule, but backed off on my pushups and planks, and completely skipped my situps and pullups from Wednesday to Sunday. Now that it’s Monday I’m getting back on the horse. I’ll let you know how it turned out in Thursday’s weekly update.

Before I go I want to send a shout-out to my aunt Penny for the Pun of the week. When she read about my difficulties with the pull-ups she kindly encouraged me to “Hang in there”. We Coopers are a clever bunch.


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