Exercising restraint

Restraint is not my forte. When I tell people that I back impulse control, they laugh. Perhaps they think I am joking.

Two days ago, I heard of an Oxfam Trailwaker team who are desperate for two people to join them walking 100km in 24-30 hours in 10 days time. Having walked the event twice before, I know it’s not an easy undertaking. In fact, it’s pretty epic.

I said “hi, we’ve never met before but I’ll join you”. Impulsive? Much?

Yesterday mentioned this to my physio while he was digging his elbows into my back and legs. He laughed. I think he thought I was joking. Besides, he knows better than to tell me “no” because that’d be like waving a red flag to a bull.

After my session, he came out to tell me it concerned him to think I might try this major undertaking on a whim without specific training. He’s never expressed concern about my crazy ideas before.

So I am doing through one thing that comes most unnaturally to me: I am exercising restraint and have told the team “sorry, I have been advised not to walk and am taking the advice on this one occasion”.

The real clincher was the risk of injury so close to my Great North Walk adventure. And the fun I will have as support crew foy sister’s team. 

7 responses to “Exercising restraint

  1. This made me laugh because, even though I’ve never met you, I can tell through your writings how energetic, spontaneous, and “unrestrained” you are. Those are all lovely traits, but sometimes it really is better to keep in mind the bigger picture. Don’t burn yourself out, Andrew! Life is grand, but you can only pack in so much before your body pays the price.

    • Yep. That’s something I am trying to remember. That my body will pay the price if I don’t rest it every so often. 🙂 . Sometimes I just forget. So June is rest month 🙂 I didn’t even go running tonight – decided to leave it for tomorrow and to chill out tonight.

      I’d rather still be energetic, spontaneous and unrestrained when I’m 70 than burn out too young 😉

  2. You can’t keep a wild brumby barricaded for too long Andrew, but good move I think. There’ll be other walks and you want to be fit for your Great North Walk adventure! – Simone 🙂

    • Haha. Nope. I won’t be barricaded for long. That’s why I hit the bush last weekend on my hiking trip. Tomorrow and Friday I’ll go running. Saturday I am going on a high ropes day with the Scouts and then heading camping for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend with my parents.

  3. Ah, the advantage of having a physio who understands what you do and doesn’t just tell you to take it easy all the time because that is what the book would say … it means when they do say ‘no’ you actually believe / listen to them! Mine is like that, he is ace.

    • Yep. It’s fantastic to have a physio who listens isn’t it. They’re difficult to find (and probably for good reason because there’s probably a reason the ‘book’ was written) but I found that honesty on my part helped. When looking for a physio, I was up front about what I needed and that meant that two physios could easily tell me that they weren’t the best choice (and at least they were honest with me too).

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