Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A terrible run

Today's run felt horrible!  I felt like this guy:

I have been extremely tired the past few days and improper sleep is finally catching up with me. I went to bed last night at 7, thinking I could sleep until 4:30 am then get up for a 7 miler. My alarm went off and I felt just as bad as when I got in the bed. So I decided it was best to go back to sleep and run this afternoon. One guess how that strategy turned out ...

I am still not getting very much deep sleep and I wake up often.

So yeah, It was a crazy day at work and by the time 5 o'clock rolled around it felt like 10. There was no way I was going to finish 7 miles. Before I left the office, I made a compromise with myself to go home and run something. One mile, two miles or three if it felt good. Not running at all would have just added my stress so I set out for a run. Easy enough right?

Wrong. Ever so wrong. From the first tenth of a mile I felt horrible. My legs were heavy and I just couldn't seem to propel myself forward easily. Every step was labored. Every. Single. Step. (cues Bobby Brown). I struggled to finish two miles.

I felt so strong just a few days ago (cues Jay). I'm not sure what to do about this. I don't know how to handle these types of set backs. I can't ice it or wear compression sleeves. What do I do?

I'm going to make another attempt to go to bed early and get up early to run in the morning. I know tomorrow will be just as busy so running after work doesn't seem very probable. I hope this works out.

Do y'all have any tips? How do you get over a the hump? Let's help each other.

PS - I thought of this song when naming this post. It sums up a lot. Love her.


1 comment:

  1. I always try to listen to my body - even when I want to still go out and burn rubber. So, instead of distance, I focus on speed and do track work. I sprint the straight-aways and walk the curves. I may not get in the distance that I would have liked, but it boosts my energy and seems to make my long run the next day better. Best wishes on a easy run in the morning!