tips, products, comments & interesting stuff – by Laura Dunkley
Today was my first “SLOW and STEADY” run. 20min, flat roads, and maximum 146 bpm.
After visiting with my doctor yesterday, he told me what I already knew in my head but hadn’t quite accepted in my heart. I need to start at the very basics and SLOWLY increase my speed and distance. And when he says slowly, he means a ‘Hare’s’ pace. He actually used the story of the Tortoise and the Hare for me to fully grasp what he was trying to tell me.
But, But…. I love to play! Run, Bike, Hike, Snowshoe, etc. I do it because I love the excitement and thrill of just being out there, either on my own or with co-lovers of the sport. I do it because of the love for the activity, fitness was always just an added bonus. I love to compete! I love to win! I love the adrenalin high of pushing my limits!
His response was (not surprising) that I would continue to crash and be set back. I must be patient and strategic to obtain the athletic improvements that I seek, and manage my Fibromyalgia symptoms.
So how do I change my mindset to start doing all of these activities with fitness as my primary focus?
Reality is that injuries, age and life has made this a little more challenging than it was when I was 20. So, now.. I JUST have to do it, and do it consistently so I can keep playing. And I do love to play.
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