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Where things are right now

Posted by jcreane@btinternet.com on November 24, 2013 at 6:20 PM

The idea of throwing in the towel was a thought that had crossed my mind many times in the last 5 or 6 years. But I continued to stay strong and try and salvage something in the hope that one day things would get better. Serious biomechanical issue and varying degress of discomfort are trying on a life that is difficult anyway.


However at this stage I feel I'm beginning to train better and get back towards where I was in late 2007 before things slowly deteriorated. And indeed this was the problem, it wasn't an instant process. Many months and years passed by and it was a slow erosion of what I had had as a otherwise healthy and competitive athlete who was enjoying the challenge of competition.


How have I got back? I took my running back to the complete beginning. Totally analysed my previous years' of training and decided that I required a structured process of training to get back to the form (and feeling) that make one feel excited.


Adopting the Lydiard approach and dragging my running up from the beginnings has got me in a position where I feel I can move forward again and I hope to create good success as a master. Embarking on a Lydiard journey, with many hours of reading and my training in Boulder, Colorado made sense to me. It is or has been a 'penny drop' moment. Finally after years of flitting from one thing to another, I now have the focus and control of what I am doing and where I am going. Lydiard isn't easy and it most certainly isn't a one size fits all process. Yes its 'a way' but as with everything it allows for individual differences and changes. In the last 2 to 3 years it has driven my curiosity, but now the vision is clear. Better, stonger and faster running with a plan that is devised to achieve results when I want them.

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