I was supposed to run 8 miles Tuesday morning.
I started my run on the treadmill since the sun wasn’t up yet and I do not run in the dark.
Early morning no makeup barely brushed my hair smiles, not realizing things were about to not go as planned.
I normally handle the treadmill just fine but something inside, around the half mile mark, told me no, just no.
My calves had been extremely tight after Sunday’s American Heart Walk. I never have tight calves.
It was more the left than the right and I didn’t feel any discomfort when running but after one mile, I got off the treadmill because I just didn’t feel my running self and switched to the elliptical machine.
I figured that once I was more warmed up and it was light out, I would head outside for a few miles.
A few miles turned into only one mile because an average pace of 10:42 when I was already warmed up and due for a speed session was my sign to call it a day.
Instead of running as planned, I relaxed and stretched my way through the Yoga For Runners – Injury Prevention.
I am not usually a yoga person but when I need yoga, it feels AMAZING. It was just what I needed instead of running.
So what went wrong?
Why did I not feel up for running?
Why were my calves so uncomfortably tight earlier this week?
Saturday’s long run was much faster than usual. In fact, running 13.1 miles in 1:48 was faster than some of my half marathons. Knowing this, shouldn’t I expect my body to need to recover from Saturday’s long run similar to the way I recover from half marathons?
I know I have grown over the years as a runner and increased my fitness but still, I can’t expect to feel completely recovered and ready to jump back into my normal running routine after that long run.
Do not underestimate the power of walking. I treated Sunday’s American Heart Walk like it was a rest day.
Walking is no big deal, right? I don’t need water if I am not working up a sweat right?
Wrong. I didn’t drink during the walk which I am starting to think is maybe part of why my calves tightened up (dehydration) which I first noticed after driving home and stepping out of the car.
I probably shouldn’t have worn heels Saturday night after my long run either.
And, I should have worn my Pro Compression socks for the walk.
Know when to push yourself and when to back off. I am pretty good at this believe it or not. Some say I am dedicated to my running on a super strict level but I think of it differently.
I run and workout because I enjoy it.
It’s not a chore on my list or something I do because I feel like I have to do it.
Running is not my job or a burden. It’s a welcomed part of my day.
I like keeping to a routine but if something doesn’t feel right in my heart or body, I know when to skip, modify or lighten up a workout. Pushing through something when you don’t feel right is not a good idea.
It’s hard for me to tell you how to recognize what feeling right and not feeling right feels like for you. We have runs which are difficult and require that mental push to stay the course and runs where difficult means we must stop. It’s a personal difference you need to learn for yourself since no one knows your body like you do.
While my pace is often a good indicator of how I am feeling, overall in life, I have always been good at naturally just knowing what’s right and wrong for me which is a trait I am banking on when I begin the search for the special dress I will wear to my son’s Bar Mitzvah.
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When was the last time you had to change/skip/modify your original workout plan because it didn’t feel right?
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