I loved the book The Cool Impossible. This year I completed  the Lakeland 50mile  Ultra in the UK  with a injured knee - I so want to try and run this well without injury next year so I am taking on Eric's training. 

It is the first time I have used the Fit ball  and I'm not finding it easy to balance on but will persevere -any tips will be gratefully received.


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Comment by Eric Orton on October 22, 2013 at 8:46am

Thanks Lori and Eric for the great input - keep it coming!!

Comment by Eric Orton on October 22, 2013 at 8:44am

Hi Patricia - fool around with the amount of air in the ball.  A firm ball will provide challenges to some exercises and make others easy, and visa versa.  There is no rule, just find the challenge that allows you to have success with good form.

The important thing right now is to be patient and do not try to do more repetitions than you are ready for.  As I mention in the Cool Impossible, more is not always better, better is better. So focus on being consistent, always working with good form and I promise you will like you are progressing and improving.  And the harder it is for you to balance right now only means you will see and feel the results even more.  So hang in there and be sure to keep us posted.

Remember, the purpose is not to get to the point where things are easy, but to improve so you can always increase the challenge.  Challenge is where we get better!

How are the foot strength exercises coming?

Comment by Patricia Keene on October 22, 2013 at 7:14am

many thanks for your advice. I have let a little air out of the ball it seems slightly better though along way to go to perfect balance!

Comment by Lori Enlow on October 21, 2013 at 4:14pm

...and best wishes on your training...keep us posted ;)

Comment by Lori Enlow on October 21, 2013 at 4:13pm

Be patient and persistent!  I felt the same way....and my family got a big kick out of watching me waller around on that thing and fall off many times. You will be surprised at how quickly you get it. Focus on QUALITY first not number of reps. That helped me.

Comment by Eric Welsh on October 21, 2013 at 3:26pm

Patricia, make sure you have the right size and it is properly aired up first. Too much or too little air will make it harder to balance. Be sure to keep your core muscles tight and start slow until you get more comfortable on it. 

Congratulations on completing your 50 miler!

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