Balancing The Tortoise With The Hare

Be the tortoise when recovering from an injury. Exercising too much, too fast will just lead to a longer recovery period. Image courtesy of tongdang and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Be the tortoise when recovering from an injury. Exercising too much, too fast will just lead to a longer recovery period. Image courtesy of tongdang and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

I always caution people to act like a tortoise when starting an exercise program. You can’t go from the couch to a marathon overnight. It’s the only way to avoid injuries and derail your quest for a healthier you.

Yet I’m struggling to follow my advice.

Other than the two upper body sessions with my trainer, I’ve limited my mobility all last week to give my knee time to heal. No yoga. No running. No spin class. The move is paying off. My knee feels great. I’ve had three straight days without pain.

Yet I have this urge to go for a run, followed by a spin class, then some yoga.

That is a hare’s mentality – going from zero to 60. I know from experience that all it will do is further damage my knee.

It’s great that I want to exercise – a true lifestyle change for me. But I need to remind myself: “Overwork my knee and the longer my recovery.”

To satisfy my itch, I tried a short walk on Sunday. It was the first real test as I haven’t gone on a walk or run for nearly a month – just too painful. I didn’t try to set any land speed records. I wanted to try a leisurely stroll. The knee felt really good. I wish the same could be said for my legs. So out of shape from no exercise.

While I’m excited that I can start walking again, I need to temper that excitement with caution. So I’m limiting myself to 3 short walks this week.

Today I’m walking to the grocery store for some cauliflower for tonight’s primal shepherd’s pie.

It’s time to slowly build up my leg muscles and gently ease my knee back into my routine.

The tortoise was right. Slow but steady wins the race!

3 thoughts on “Balancing The Tortoise With The Hare

  1. Pingback: The Will To Run Is Strong…But The Knee Is Still Weak | Dot to Trot

  2. Kate Veyan

    Hi Dot,

    I had to email you to complement you on your awesome achievements. I am a huge lover of your blog.

    That is absolutely amazing what you are doing and I am very happy for you. I so hope you achieve all your short and long term health goals. I am confident you will.

    You look amazing and I wish you success. I will continue reading your awesome blog (funny, bold and inspirational)…

    Good luck!!! Kate

    Sent from my iPad

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