Paweł ChalacisPaweł Chalacis

3 weeks ago I started long weight lifting program. I’m not a weight lifter, nor I ever plan becoming one, but I figured that this would be the best approach right now. I don’t plan any big event anytime soon (except ITU Olympic distance Triathlon and some Ocean Swim), so working on my basics seems reasonable. This year is going to be running one, as I want to finish two marathons and couple of shorter runs. So I’ve increased my volume and injured myself at the end of second week of new program.

Strength program I’m doing now involves full body workout (legs, back, posterior chain, chest, arms, yada, yada) 3 times per week, so I’m constantly sore and fatigued. Now I’m not using heavy weights anywhere and I’m focusing on correct form instead, but the amount of reps is enough to wreck me. And when you are fatigued, you really don’t want to push yourself. Which I did.

On Sunday I went for 15 km easy, slow run in zone 2. My foot has healed and the motion range is being addressed (I’ve dislocated it badly years ago) and I felt really good up to 35 minutes, when I started to feel bad left side stitch. I stretched a little and pushed through it, finishing the run with close to no pain. Run data to be checked here.

The pain of pulled oblique (that’s what it most probably is) came back in the evening and Monday morning, being annoying. So what did I do? I went for 1.5 km swim and weight training. On Tuesday it felt little better, so I did running intervals training. I think that’s the definition of being dumb. So right now I have to take rest of the week only to let it heal completely and resume my training. When I do, I will start easy and build up to go for 10 - 15 hours per week gradually. Lesson learned in a hard way.

The good part of this is that I literally can’t wait to go for a workout and have to say to myself “it’d be stupid to go today” few times per day.