I wanted to firstly touch on a comment made by one of my followers about injury, weather and luck. In my previous diary post I mentioned that an individual makes their own luck through hard work, dedication and perseverance, a follower who contributes significantly on this blog and has giving some great guidance from both the mental and physical side of things mentioned that there are things that are outside of your control such as injury and the weather. I agree to an extent, as for freak injuries I agree that this can come down to luck, e.g. a rolled ankle from an uneven surface but for preventable injuries for example shin splints from running there are actions that you can take through good planning and risk management that reduce the likelihood of that injury from occurring. I spoke with my best friend back home in England about my journey and goal of running the London Marathon next year, having known my previous injuries through my continual moaning when I was younger, fitter and played sport he advised that I did some research on exercises that I can do to help prevent shin splints (I take his advice seriously seeing he has a degree in Sports Science from Loughborough University – other good resources I have used include http://foothealth.about.com/od/exercisefeet/ss/ShinSplintExerc.htm and http://gizmodo.com/5902699/banish-shin-splints-forever-with-one-magical-exercise that provide good prevention exercises). I took his advice and have managed to reduce the effect of shin splints, which means I have been able to continue training, if I wouldn’t have undertaken this risk management and planning approach I would not have identified the potential risk and put in place mitigation factors. As for the weather, it is beautiful and sunny here in Almaty and it is great to do my training in the evening sunshine however I know how vicious the Kazakh winters are and know that I won’t be able to run outside, as soon as the weather turns I will move my training indoors to the local gym adjacent to my apartment. This means that I can continue training in a good environment minimising my exposure to the weather conditions and icy roads in the winter. I think that the risk of bad luck can be minimised through careful consideration, planning and risk management.
I had another good day, no problems or issues, you can do anything if you have the right mindset and planned approach.