Day 4 — Listen to your body

February 3, 2010 at 9:07 am 2 comments

Day: 4
Miles: 2.16 total (1.26 on treadmill, .90 on elliptical)
Time: 29:27
Feeling: Sleepy

Let’s get one thing straight: I am not a morning person.

At all.

I personally don’t believe in any hour that starts before 9 a.m. But today, I got up at 6:38 a.m. (after hitting the snooze button once), grabbed my work clothes, laced up my running shoes and headed to my job.

It was time to work out.

See, I’ve got a story due in (checks watch) 3 hours and I have a fundraising meeting with Team in Training after work tonight. So I needed to get my miles in early.

It was actually pretty cool. I came in, not many people were in the newsroom. The gym was completely empty.  I starting out with some light stretching and then began my run. I tried to keep it slow — I ran at a 15 minute mile pace (4.0 on the treadmill) and kept my energy up with Beyonce bumping in my earbuds.

Then, I did 10 minutes on the elliptical on cross train. My legs started to ache a little, but they always do when I do the elliptical so I thought nothing of it.

I grabbed some water and hopped back over to the treadmill, intending to complete the rest of my 2 miles. I started jogging slowly. My legs began aching again.

I thought about what my coach said about cutting down on my mileage and taking it easy. I wanted to finish my entire 2 miles, but I worried that I might hurt myself if I kept going. So I stopped after two minutes.

I stretched again and called it quits. I also popped two Excedrin when I got back to my desk.

It was hard to walk away. I really wanted to finish my miles because I feel like I should be able to. But at the same time, my body knows what it can and can’t do. And today, it was telling me not to push it. I guess technically I still did my required mileage, just not all in running. Hopefully, my body adjusts to this new training pattern quickly and I’ll be good for the long run on Sunday.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. G.D.  |  February 3, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    absolutely. when you’re used to hitting certain goals when you run, it’s hard to accept that some days your body just ain’t having it.

    i do a 10-mile run every Thursday, and there are times when i just can’t get my breathing right, or my shins start to act up. i want to push through it, but sometimes you gotta just ease your foot off the pedal.

    • 2. taliabuford  |  February 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks for that. I can tell my body appreciates that I decided to take it easy today. My legs aren’t AS stiff. And I can walk to the printer without pain. I even took some stairs earlier with minimal difficulty. So it was a good decision.

      But it always helps to be reminded that it happens to everyone once in a while. 🙂


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