This will be like last year but more and better.
Right. Here we are firmly in 2018 yet I haven’t checked in, in quite some time. A bit has happened, I started in a new position at work which is quite exciting. I’ve gotten into a healthy rhythm of daily training and taking care of myself. Swimming volume has gone up, running volume has backed off. Sparkling water intake has gone up, booze intake has been drastically reduced. Good decisions being made.
Let’s start with knees. Back in October-November I decided that if running once a day in the morning was good, running twice a day was better. I started heading over to the rec room near my office during lunch to pound out 3-4 extra 5k’s a week with minimal stretching and virtually no cool down. As anyone can imagine, that eventually messed me up and at some point in December after a 7 mile run I found myself limping for several days due to some pretty rough knee pain.
After chatting with my athletic trainer we decided it was due to a few factors but primarily tight hips and an imbalance in my quadraceps (vastus medialis pulling my patella off-track). I took a few weeks off of running and started a regimen of stretching and foam rolling…not my favorite things but here I am in February right as rain. Swimming distance per week has been bumped to offset some of the running and that’s certainly working out as well. I began taking some private lessons and we’ve made some tweaks to my form which I’m super excited about, but I’ll touch on that next week.
Last month I had another physical check-in and progress is still going well. My last VO2 score was 47 and now I’m up to 51.57, so that’s pretty significant. Fat mass is still at 20% which is not good at all…but some changes in diet and aerobic volume should keep working on that.
One milestone I’ve hit, is the age of 38. Man. Where did the time go? There’s a Buddhist belief that “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” I have found this to be very important in life. If you live to be the best you can be in the moment, living right for the day you’re currently in, you will by happenstance be better prepared for tomorrow and will look back fondly on this day from the future.