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First complete week of Training

First complete week of training for 2008 is complete! After dealing with a couple injuries the last two months (knee and piriformis muscle) that led to minimal training and only going for a couple walks during the week around Christmas, the body was quite sluggish.

I could feel the inefficiencies of my body as I was trying to simply run three miles. Fortunately I was able to complete each workout without any past injury discomfort even though it did seem like I was running through quicksand. The cold reality is I am out of shape. Throughout the workouts I maintained a heart rate of below 150bpm and ran whatever pace that allowed. It definitely was nice to be running again, no matter how slow.

The first couple weeks of starting any new training routine has always been the toughest both mentally and physically.

Mentally:

  • Waking up earlier. I usually get my training in before work. That snooze button is so tempting.
  • Getting out the door to get that workout completed.
  • Accepting the “new” pace based on current fitness levels. But I used to be so much faster at this heart rate. Boo hoo!

Physically:

  • Exercise feels foreign to the body and a bit awkward.
  • Managing sore muscles and reacquainting yourself with the body. Ouch!
  • Living in a bit more fatigued state until the body adapts to the new routine.

The good news is when I stick with it for a couple weeks, a new daily rhythm is created both mentally and physically. The issues above nearly become non-existent and the pleasures of exercise begin. I am looking forward to knocking out week two and finding that rhythm.

The Weekly Totals:

run: 24 miles (5 sessions)
bike: 30 mins
weights/core: 1 session

Happy Training!

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About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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