Feeling much better after my head-cold last week, so not a lot of training has happened last week, right up until Saturday.
This is why I am taking the opportunity this week to talk about recovery and self-compassion. Great coaches such as mine (a massive Thanks to Coach Rob Wilby), continually tell us that it is essential to listen to our bodies and take rest when needed; especially when you have additional ailments. So why is it then, when our bodies and our coaches know better, we do not accept that taking time for ourselves is acceptable. For me, personally, I get anxiety and worry about what I am missing, what I could be doing other than taking time to recover. I constantly think about how I could strive for better and how I can better push the limits.
In order to recover fully, I believe that acceptance is an important skill for ultra-endurance athletes to cultivate. There will be times during training and racing when things are not going your way and the first go-to for most is to beat yourself up and push through. However, I believe that this is the point that we should think about what the Dalai Lama says about worrying, and what he feels is the connection between action and acceptance:
“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it's not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying what-so-ever”
So, in light of recovery and acceptance I took most of the week off last week but took the weekend to ease myself back into training and back to the light of day; just taking time to run without goal or aim, but for the love of it.
On Sunday, I spent the day training with an awesome group from the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh participants, working on our map and navigation skills. We are still looking for some people to assist us with crewing for Run to Refuge. Dates we are most interested in covering are the 18 May until the 6 of June. We hope you can help, if so please fill in the form on our website https://www.runtorefuge.com/.