Although I struggle to find time to exercise, I always have time for reading. No matter how tired I am , there’s always enough energy for 5 to 10 mins reading before bed. I’m happy to spend hours reading at the weekend. If I ran like I read, I have no doubt that I would be an Olympian! So what has made me such a prolific reader?
As a child I saw my mother reading a lot, and I wanted to read.
We joined a library when I was a pre schooler, so although we couldn’t afford to buy books, there were plenty available to me.
Because I was exposed to lots of books I was able to find a genre that suited me and that lured me in to try other types later
Reading was encouraged and praised at school
Reading well meant that I had a head start in all other reading related activities
Reading gave me pleasure and became a daily habit.
Because I have put in so many hours of practice I’m good at it, quick, and can read many types of writing.
My whole life has benefited from my ability and enthusiasm for reading.
I am sure that there are people who can substitute the words sport, or exercise, or running where I have put reading and it has shaped their lives in a similar kind of way. Or maybe not. Is sport encouraged in schools? Can you join a free sports centre? (Not when I was a kid, it was a 3 mile walk to the leisure centre and prohibitively expensive)
When it comes to exercise though, I’m definately an adult learner!
However, reading about running is a great help and motivator for me so although my blog is supposed to be about running I probably write more about what I have read about running than about running!
This week is no exception.
It’s been a busy week so I haven’t done much reading or running, but I am slowly making my way through this:
He has some interesting things to say about the balance between life and training and over training. Something that interests me, because I feel that I have experienced it, is his concept that both life stress and the physical stress of exercising can add together, so in effect you can do yourself harm by ‘ overtraining’ and you have a lower threshold for overtraining if you have a stressful life. He gives examples of CEO’ s who do iron man type events, but I think the same would apply to any full time job which takes lots of time and energy, or being a full time carer.
he calls it adrenal fatigue (which as a medic I am obliged to be skeptical about) and goes on to describe how in the early stages you carry on by using sugar and caffeine, then you use all your spare time for recovery, sleeping in at weekends, holidays just spent recovering from work etc. Feeling exhausted much of the time… It did sound a bit familiar! Anyhow I have spent the whole weekend trying not to have a nice sugary latte in response to this!
The book also covers some more familiar ground, heart rate training bands, training smarter not harder, recovery and its importance and nutrition. He looks at everything! Evidence for compression garments, ice baths, electrical stimulation, hypoxic training and much of it outside my sphere of being ( or interest actually).
Its an interesting read, if you like to read about all the theories. It’s come at the right time for me , concentrating as I am on ‘quality’ not quantity. But more about that later!
do you like to read? Or just get on with it and go for a run?😊