“The idea that the harder you work, the better you’re going to be is just garbage. The greatest improvement is made by the man or woman who works most intelligently.” – Bill Bowerman, former Oregon track coach and co-founder of Nike
The past several weeks saw the return of the nagging ankle issues that prompted a long, painful setback last spring. But unlike last spring, I have an antidote.
It’s all part of the remodeling project I’m focused on during the winter months to make myself a better runner through several non-running strategies noted in my last post.
Note I am calling it a remodeling project. Not rehab or even a rebuilding project.
In the absence of fitness, endurance or a debilitating injury, I am remodeling my off-season training to improve myself as a runner.
When the ankle issues flared up again, and caused a bit of worry, I found my antidote by chance. Earlier this week, during a strength training session, my routine included some calf exercises. And nearly instant and drastic improvement. Not perfect, but a 70 percent improvement – before I had even left the gym.
All the more reinforcement for me that a remodeling project – to address weaknesses – is the perfect plan for the winter. Along with a steady diet of 15-mile weekend long runs.