I was on my feet more than usual last weekend and I definitely felt it at the start of the week in terms of my energy levels. Between running and walking more, it was adding up!
Most people don’t associate walking with being strenuous and while it’s certainly not (especially in comparison to running!) it does add up as time on your feet!
Anyway, I definitely paid attention to how I felt and cut back majorly this week. I’m finding it so interesting how in tune I am with fatigue now, in comparison to when I really ran a whole lot more. Either I didn’t really notice I was tired when I was running more OR I thought it was normal to feel a certain level of fatigue at the time.
Perhaps I brushed off the feeling of physical fatigue back then because hey, I just ran 13 miles, of course I should feel this way. Or, of course I’m stiff or a little sore if I sit for too long or when I get out of car at first because that’s normal as a runner.
That may all be normal for a distance runner but it honestly feels SO MUCH BETTER and MORE NORMAL for me to still be a runner, RUN LESS and NOT feel that way on a regular basis.
So when I do notice the slightest bit of physical fatigue on any level now, I cut back until I feel all balanced again.
Please remember that I’m not putting down running, I’m just sharing my experiences with how much better I feel overall by not running so much! It’s so rare to see people happy to do less in this crazy culture of constantly doing more and training for a bazillion races. While it’s fine if that’s what you want to do, I think it’s important to show that it’s more than okay to cut back and do less if doing more doesn’t feel like the thing for you any longer. You can always be a runner and fitness enthusiast without putting in crazy amounts of time, miles, and energy.
And because I took like zero fitness-related photos this week, here’s my black and white cookie from last night. 🙂
Monday – 3 Miles
I felt tired from walking a lot on Sunday when I woke up and sort of knew running was going to be a struggle. It was. Not a horrible struggle but I didn’t have much energy to move any faster than I did so I cut it at 3 miles.
Tuesday – 50 Min Pure Barre (sculpted abs)
I needed a Pure Barre day without going for a walk afterwards.
Wednesday – 3 Miles (treadmill)
It was a rainy morning so I opted for the treadmill. 3 quick miles – one mile warm up, two miles of speed intervals finished at exactly 25 minutes.
I cooled down for 5 minutes on the elliptical and called it a day.
Thursday – 4 Mile Walk
I didn’t feel like running but a walk sounded like a nice idea.
Friday – 45 Min Pure Barre
Saturday – 5 Miles (treadmill)
It was a rainy morning so I knew I would be indoors on the treadmill. 5 miles done in what felt like a flash and then I cooled down for a few minutes until I hit 45 minutes.
Sunday – Pure BarreRecapping my cut back week of workouts on the blog today! #running #purebarre #treadmill #runner #fitfluential @pure_barre Click To Tweet
How was your week in workouts? Did you run more/less than usual?
Is it really hot where you live? Did it affect your workouts?
Do you like to go for walks?