…yes, that was the truck that backed over me a few times between last night and this morning. (metaphorically speaking, of course, tee hee).
Apparently this week’s workouts have kicked the crap right out of me and without me even seeing it coming (kinda like that truck backing up…). In particular, last night’s double session at barre n9ne was way more killer than usual and I’m not really sure why. Perhaps all that focus on form and staying present during barre n9ne is kicking up those workouts a notch (or ten) on me, hmm? I’m thinking that would be a big fat “yes!”
Fast forwarding to this morning…alarm blares in my ear, signalling the morning has arrived and with it, a planned 8-miler to get back on half marathon training plans. Rolling out of bed, and I instantly knew my legs weren’t nearly as happy as they were the other night during that speedy seven. I told myself that it was indeed “long run Friday” and to just “suck it up, Sally” as my lovely husband would say. 😉
But once we got out there, setting out on our “pretty run” path with the extra loop to make it a full 8 miler, I knew that 8 miles was just not gonna happen. Legs were moving but not in that happy-yay-we’re-running-let’s-move way. It was a much less happy pace, not grueling…just not quite so happy. So I made the executive decision to cut our long run back to 7 miles and was really happy with that decision. The miles ticked on by, kind of like the nice cool breeze that surrounded us. And it ended up being exactly what I needed. Tired legs and all. We made it all 7 miles.
But what it *does* remind me of is that listening to your body always ought to come first, no matter what was on the “plan” originally. The world will not end because I ran one less mile today. I call that progress in the guilt-be-gone project I’m embarking on.
It also reminds me that this long weekend is much, much needed. This girl cannot wait to plant her butt right here for the duration of the weekend:
Happy long weekend friends – live it up, get your workouts in (if you so choose!), rest up, be present, and be a little disconnected if you can. I sure plan to be. 🙂