If not anything else, I have learnt that the first 2 weeks here is always the toughest. Training is long, and so are the days. The heat, the humidity, the running (oh, the running!) , the restless nights and the home sickness sets in.
The first 2 weeks here are always tough, and rest day can not come any sooner.
This last week of training has been CRAZY. As a compromise to running, I have been electing to do hill sprints. As I have had numerous issues with shin splints and stress fractures, hill sprints allow me to gain similar benefits to long distance running, minus the actual long distances.
Unfortunately for me, Thai’s don’t really understand what shin splints and stress fractures are. They also don’t understand the benefits of hill sprints… They believe that running long distances will make your legs strong. This is no lie by any stretch, however my trainer seems thinks I am out running 1km and not really running because I’m not out running for an hour… but that’s ok. I tell you what… when you’re hauling ass up and down a hill like this your legs are getting stronger.
While training has been tough mentally… I am reaping the benefits of a 5kg weight loss these first 2 weeks. A weight loss which I am stoked with. Finding a balance between eating enough for training, and losing weight has been interesting but fortunately eating clean here is pretty simple.
The goal is to be fighting around 58kg which will be achievable once I’m walking around a few kg’s lighter.
I am determined to be a lean, mean, hill sprinting, fighting machine.