I have shifted the exercise program for the summer to be more about sprint and speed work and less about what looks like a one going to the gym. I think it was my frustration in realizing that what I looked like did not match what I wanted to feel like. so while a bit older, I had to do a lot of prep work to get the body to a place where it could tolerate a more intensive program. I was also happy with how the activity worked with the sprint meets an older person.
yesterday I finished the 200m work, and lined up to finish the 100m work planned for the day and ran the first 50 meters at a decent clip and decided to accelerate the last 50 m and if you have never experienced a tweak, pull or tear of a muscle….it goes like this. you are going along and then in a seeming split second, life slows down where you can feel the muscle tightening up, and you can feel your brain trying to slow down your body, yet, it all is happening too quickly.
yesterday it was the tweaking of the hamstring. of which, I lamented if I didn’t stretch or warm up enough, despite doing the 200 m work. so I slowed down and realized this tweak was enough to stop for the day despite my brain thinking, “what if I just go slower?” thankfully my brain said, "there is no need to compete anymore...just see what the damage is and since you didn't hear a pop and are walking fine...you luckily just tweaked the hamstring."
while I am a bit bummed. I also know that I can work around all this, yet, am a bit sad in that it felt really nice to actually move the body and the joints to the maximum are allowed. perhaps this is something that happens when you remember just what your body used to be able to do when it used to be able to run like a racehorse.
this makes me wonder when I go to a gym, how many people have ever felt that level of taking their body as far as it possibly could? I myself have been guilty of being conservative and safe with fitness as the truth is there was no real reason or need to train at that level. yet, this year, I realized that while I was exercising and doing the work – which I am sure my physical body appreciated – it was not being pushed to where it probably wants to operate at.
the only way to describe that is when you are moving along and your body seems to be talking back, “ahh..that feels good to really open up and stretch out the limbs and joint!”
I will just have to be a bit more careful and stretch a wee bit more. it isn’t like I have to try to train like this, but more about taking and growing my body in a world where I am seeing it is simpler to go eat lots of processed junk food and treats and expand one's girth. something I myself am guilty of doing while not realizing how many calories are in the typical American diet. thankfully I love to cook, so that solves about half the problem with diet…the other half is simply not eating so much.
it is all very simple. if you want a healthier body, simply watch what you put into it and make sure you move a bit each day.
what is scary is how easy it is to not watch and not move. you only notice that when you go out of the country and come back in and wonder, “how did everyone get so large?”
a bit of this is simply frustration with myself in thinking I was sufficiently warmed up and stretched yesterday. I am grateful it is simply a tweak and not a pull…but there is that moment when you are running along and you can feel the muscle start to go, and you are simply moving too fast to really do anything about it….it tweaks.
how long to heal a tweak? I don’t really know…the irony is the tweak comes from pushing the range of motion to my bodies max, so I should be fine doing the normal work until it can rehabilitate back to normal.
my advice of exercise to anyone simply starts and try. it isn’t a vanity thing, but rather, your body will talk to you about where it wants to get, how many pounds and kilos it would like to lose and what type of range of motion and strength it has during the process of aging. I am not really sure why like education, physical fitness is not a lifelong part of life. while it does not guarantee good health, it certainly gives you better odds, and you feel a lot better each day.
maybe it is because people are too afraid of tweaking themselves? it is easier to simply take another bite of pizza or a scoop of ice cream. what really is interesting in our land of consumerism is how much, how many ways, and how many choices one has to literally grow oneself in a not so healthy way.
the irony…on one side of our agriculture, it is about how can you grow as much nutritional food for hungry people. the other is in lands where people have the resources to help themselves with good health and are too tired or busy living their instant gratification lifestyle. yes…ironic, no?