Run Around Australia

So from my last post you will know that my lower back pain is back! And just when I was starting to get back into the run!

I need to recognise that if I am to have a chance of completing my long term goals I need to be consistent. It is no good if I start off too strong and burn out or injure myself. So in this case I think it is better to be the tortoise and not the hare.

To complete my travel around Australia, it is better to be the Tortiose than the Hare.

Sometimes it is better to be the Tortoise than the Hare!

If It Is Not Working Change Your Approach!

They say that the definition of insanity is “to continually do the same thing over and over again but expect a different result”. So if what I am doing is not working… then I need to do something different. What can I change to help reduce the strain on my lower back?

  1. Firstly, I could run slower as the faster I run the harder the impact is when my feet hit the ground,
  2. Secondly, when I run I could try and lean forward a little. That way some of the impact can be taken by my abs (and who wouldn’t like better abs?),
  3. Thirdly, I could take a bit more of the impact with my feet, legs and knees,
  4. And finally, I was listening to cd and the speaker told of how he ran and also had back problems and he found that he needed to stretch more. At this stage I am happy to try anything so…

So the basic goal for this week was to try and end it with my back feeling better that at the start of the week. The secondary goal is to see if I can still do three runs for a total of 24km.

Well as it turned out it was a good week as I did finish the week with my back feeling better that at the start of the week. Even better, I also managed 24km. But best of all I learned something…

Stretching really did help. As I work at a desk during the day, the simple task of periodically getting up and stretching did help.

Another win is that at the start of the week I could not touch my toes, by the end of the week I was a lot closer to them. I could see a noticeable difference in just one week.

End of Week 248:- 24.9 km / 15.4 miles
Total to Date:-  1,895.7 km / 1,177.9 miles

Still got a little way to go but it is a good start,


P.S. So more of the same for next week. take it easy, be a totoise, and complete my travel around Australia.

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