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My Special Ingredient For Speeding up Recovery

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My story as an athlete does not differ much from any other athlete. I may have only ran a few years right now but I have had the typical problems that come with running. Typical problems I never knew I’d encountered before I started running. Sure enough as far as I was concerned I’f run out the door, build up and have no problems. Injuries, form, sneaker type, speed, distance and all the many other variables didn’t even cross my mind. I remember the first problem being a sore pain in the ass! Then I had ‘runners knee’, next it moved on to a stress fracture in the interior right tibia, then I had shin splints, next it was a pain on the top of my foot and next came plantar fasciitis (a pain on the bottom of my foot).

You have all read numerous blogs about recovery and the steps you can take to enhancing a speedy one! You know the usual; Static stretches > post workout meal or shake > plenty of water > Good rest > Sufficient hours sleep. I’m not going into detail of those because you can find them everywhere and often do find them everywhere.

I do notice that one key important factor is often missed. It occurred to me yesterday and so I began looking over all my training so far to date. I made notes of all the times I was injured and how long it took to fix the problem. I thought about my diet at the time, my stretch routines, sleeping patterns and I noticed one key thing that seemed to make me recover much quicker (besides being Vegan of course).

The secret?

HAPPINESS

You have heard the saying that stress affects the body. If this is true then it stands to reason that happiness also affects the body. Of course we can not neglect the things that science already tells us will help us speed up recovery so keep on with those. Though I believe that if you can bring as much joy into your days as possible the smoother your recovery will be. Just try not letting that joy come from doing other strenuous exercise.

Here’s a very compact list of things that may bring you joy in-between sessions;

Watching Disney films or something inspirational or funny but not sad.
Listening to music.
Reading books.
Doing.
Coloring books.
Drawing.
Jigsaws.
Cuddling your children or animals you care for.
Eating delicious raw fresh fruit or vegetables.
Receiving a massage (if your lucky) or massage yourself.
A very easy slow walk in the park with lots of stops for Photos.
Drive by photo adventure. Here you drive around country roads and stop to take beautiful pictures along the way.
Meditate. Even just for 5-10 minutes on your days off.
Drink decaff tea or coffee.
Add fresh lemon or lime juice to your water for a refreshing and very pleasant change.
Have a mid day nap! or 2 if you find chance! This one can help a great deal!
Spend time with people who need help. Great happiness can be found in helping others rather than yourself.

The list could go on and on forever because there are unlimited things that we can do for fun and happiness. Just focus on bringing as much joy into your life as possible at all times. Even when you are at work. “how can I be happy at work?” I hear you say? That’s easy… by saying “I choose to be happy today and aint nobody or anything going to change my mind”. Be aware that if you are unhappy that is your choosing. Keep in control of your emotions unless you want to be unhappy. I don’t think any of us want that.
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This little ingredient has helped me to recover from injuries and between workouts much sooner I feel. Funnily when I finally accept I overdid it and am injured, I begin to realise that I’m actually very happy about it because I have given my mind knowledge about an injury and then know how to deal with it and prevent it next time. It means that while my lower limbs are worn out my mind has grown.

So go ahead and be happy and please while you are at it spread that happiness far and wide and pass it onto all whom you come into contact with… even your horrible bosses. Who are probably stressed out to high heaven by their bosses!

All my love.
– ScottyRunner


Food for Thought. A Few lessons in Life.

Yesterday (30th January 2015), I posted on Facebook that I was a little saddened that as an ultra marathoner I had only managed to go out and walk 1.89 miles in the morning. I have recently been injured with Plantar Fasciitis and as I use running as my medicine for a range of mental health problems it’s been driving me crazy. So from lunch I decided that I would have a little personal me time doing some soul searching and reconnecting back with who I am. I felt I needed to remind myself that medicine isn’t always available on a physical level but I most likely have all that I need in my mind.

Of course these lessons I learned were supposed to be personal but if anyone can take anything from them then it is worth the time to share the information with you. In case you struggle reading the images I have written underneath each one what is written on each page.

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“Lessons Learned 30th January 2015.” – ScottyRunner

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“To be appreciated for who I am and not what I have. To be grateful for who I am and not what I have.” – ScottyRunner

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“The things that money can’t buy are the things that are the most special and important.” – ScottyRunner

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“I’m nearly 30 with no career, no education and hardly any money. Am I happy? Yes. Why? because I do not abide by the norms. I am true to who I am 100%. This has safely brought me to where I am today. If others do not value this simple widowm… They are not worthy of my time have much to learn.” – ScottyRunner

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“Who am I? Most people can not describe who they are, but they can feel and sense who they are. That alone is special. – No descriptions required.” – ScottyRunner

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“Why I run? a physical, mental and spiritual journey. The only medicine required to hopefully realising where I am going… and where am I going? – I hope to never find out.” – ScottyRunner

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“It’s funny you know. I am bi-polar, and I just remembered that I am libran.” – ScottyRunner

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“Some of the things that I attach myself to who I am and represent with PRIDE. Freedom, Veganism, Vegan Runners, Running, Green Party(UK), Peace, Friends of the Earth and 100s more.” – ScottyRunner

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“I ask each and every one of you think create a world without money. What an amazing world for humans and our other living friends (animals), and what a precious gift to be left long after us to Mother Earth.” – Scotty Runner

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“We allow so many little annoyances to build up over time without ever realising it. Like somehow they are all there just to personally attack me. I think not! Just let it all go.” – ScottyRunner

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“Religion – I do not know what is and what is not. If religion brings hope then that alone is worth my, and the worlds attention.” -ScottyRunner

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“It doesn’t matter where I am going, so long as I am truthful to who I am each step of the way.” – ScottyRunner

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“The secret of happiness? How may I help?.” – ScottyRunner

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Homework. Do not forget the lessons in which you learn. Live them, breath them, share them. Make them become a part of who you are. In doing so you will enrich the lesson, you will advance the lesson, you will pass them onto others.” – ScottyRunner

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“If these lessons have failed then come back again tomorrow. Xoxo” – ScottyRunner

And just on a final note;

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“we get so wrapped up in how we are told to live our lives. I am sorry. I have failed you all, but I will not hide who I am anymore. My reason for existance is to spread Joy, Happiness, Peace and Love to everybody (and every animal) that shall ever cross or walk my paths. Be truthful to who you are and not who you are told to be. I mean it when I say I love each and every one of you, and everything will be ok.” -ScottyRunner

All in all a very productive day. I was very tired at the end of my thinking session and my mind and body exhausted. Though I found enough energy within me to walk 6 miles in the night to meet my husband outside of his work place to give him the message that I love him.
Thank you for reading.


The Running Bug

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“I never knew I’d enjoy running so much. I can run 15 minutes non stop now! I’m awesome… how far is a marathon?”
“26.2 miles”
“OK I’m going to run 100!” – ScottyRunner

This is how my mind works. I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing because as soon as I was able to run 30 miles I decided I wanted to run 184 miles. So I registered onto the T184 Endurance Race. A 184 mile self supported challenge across the entire length of the Thames National Trail. This starts in London at the Thames barrier and ends at Thames Head in the Cotswold National Park. Every time I am able to run a little further my goal becomes less important and I set myself an even bigger task than before.

So running 15 minutes back in 2013 was a huge deal for me. I was that typical guy who got out of breath walking up stairs or chasing down that bus! Oh and the bus journey would only be for a half mile! I never exercised. I began smoking when I was 13 years old. From 16 I started drinking a lot going to nightclubs and bars several times a week. When I was 18 I started to use a range of drugs including amphetamines, cocaine, LSD, ketamine, ecstasy and MDMA. On most weekends in London I would take these all on the same weekend and in large quantities! Along with 40-50 smokes and what seemed like several barrels of alcohol.

So that was hitting rock bottom. Trying to scrape through the emotional scars of an abusive childhood! Trying to find myself and who I wanted to become. It was a long journey and the journey ahead is even longer but as my path begins to unfold I see who I am becoming and it’s much greater the human I once was. I am here to share my experiences with you.

In my head I am a pro! But I am really not. I live and breath ‘pro-ness’ as it’s what helps me keep going. Just a word of caution not to try some of the things I do without careful consideration. I believe I may be bipolar so I will do some extreme things which seem completely reasonable to me….. it’s one way to learn I guess. I believe my abusive childhood along with my mental health issues are what are pushing me to become much more than I told I’d be as a child.  I have tried everything and given up on everything I ever did, mainly because I didn’t love it. My mental health tricked me into believing I loved something and then when my poles switched I gave up and loss interest. Even after convincing everyone around me that THIS WAS IT. This is what I loved!. Often times I am not sure if I love something or just manic. I do know that I never do things that I do not enjoy. I never listen to the norms of “this and that is life get over it”. No I’m sorry life is to be enjoyed and to enjoy every moment you can. When I’m manic, I want to run, and when I am depressed I want to run. Running is my life and the one of those few things I have truly stuck to.

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