This weekend I decided once again to go out and do something different, rather than sit in and feel sorry for myself that I can’t go out to a bar or restaurant. I was going to focus on the positive changes I have made in my lifestyle, leave the negatives behind and go hiking in the mountains on the outskirts of Almaty. It was sensational, the scenery was incredible and the experience fantastic. Myself and Raushana met up with some of her colleagues and summer interns who had traveled over from England. We hired a Kazakh Yurt and mingled with the locals before heading for a hike up the hill and a long walk down. The weather was a bit chilly at first but then the sun burnt the cloud away and we were left with beautiful sunshine which my rather red face can attest to. We walked for miles and the fresh air felt really good – it definitely beat the dark, dingy insides of my former local bar! There was only one downside to the adventure and that was waking up the next morning! My body is aching! I have been building up my training slowly and have not experienced this kind of stiffness and soreness since my days of playing rugby and cricket! However every time I feel a twinge or a sore muscle I am reminded that it is only temporary.
I was in so much pain that I decided to look at ways I can reduce it, so that my recovery time is shorter and my current training regime is not affected. I found these three articles very useful in giving me guidance on what I need to do to not only react to over worked muscles but ways in which you can prevent it:
- How to make sore muscles feel good
- Managing sore muscles and joint pain
- How to recover after a workout
If anyone else has any good suggestions on good ways to reduce recovery time and pain please let me know 🙂
I am still on track, I am looking forward to finishing phase 1 this week. The change in my lifestyle and the weight loss that I have managed has been fantastic. I am well on track for my April goal of the London Marathon and I can wait to attain the feeling of success once I cross the finishing line!