I am just over four weeks into my recovery period after fracturing a metatarsal bone in my left foot and although I have been training well (no running yet) the race I’d set my sights on unfortunately just comes too soon.
It may well have been blind optimism on my part or simply the fact that I enjoy my training so much in Dubai that I still harboured ambitions of running on September 18.
Though, approaching this injury with a positive mindframe has sped up my recovery and up until now it has been relatively quick (*touches wood*).
The estimated full recovery time for an injury of this nature tends to be between six to eight weeks and it is not one to rush back from – ask Manchester United star Wayne Rooney or how fit David Beckham felt when he captained England at the 2002 World Cup.
Both stars paid the price after a premature return to action and that’s even with the pampered and intensive treatment footballers receive at the very highest level of the game.
Nevertheless, hopefully I will have the chance to run a race in South Africa in the near future as it’s definitely not a country short of historic running pedigree or great events to take part in.
Now, I’ll be able to start running again soon and reset new goals and targets for the rest of the year – with of course the UAE sporting season in mind.
And with that, I’m grateful for the opportunity to train at Talise Fitness, one of the best health and fitness gyms in Dubai, over the course of the next few months.
The facility is outstanding and the perfect partner to work on cardio health, core stability and all-round body strengthening as I look to get back to feeling 100 per cent.
Since last week I’ve been undertaking lots of endurance work on the exercise bike and cross-trainer as well as keeping my discipline with heavy stretching, foam roller exercises and set upper-body routines – working shoulders, triceps, biceps and deltoid muscles especially, in addition to swimming in Talise’s state-of-the-art indoor amenity.
The chance to receive workout advice and tips from on-duty personal trainers at the gym is a nice confidence booster, too.
I’m also really looking forward to the opportunity to try out Talise’s brand-new High Altitude Suite in the coming weeks when I’m in a better position to give it my all.
The High Altitude Suite/low oxygen chamber is the first-of-its-kind in the Middle East and can offer people a big overall health boost within a shorter timeframe.
I’ll be updating this blog entry next Sunday as I try out more of Talise’s facilities and range of classes.
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