Monday, you are dark and stormy and I am tired and sore. Let's just agree to take a nice long nap, shall we?
The weather has taken a turn around here. It's raining like it's January, but muggy like we're Florida. I'm sore and recovering from my race on Saturday and this weather is not helping as it is only making more sleepy. Instead of working I want to curl up with a blanket, some hot chocolate, a fire in the fireplace and a good movie. Then a nap, yeah...that sounds like bliss to me. But I digress.
Along the lines of the race on Saturday, which I will recap soon, I've noticed that the more mileage I pick up, the more I am sore and take longer to recover. Is it because I'm not fueling properly? Am I not stretching or foam rolling enough? Am I not prepping my body enough for the longer more grueling runs? What is it?
When I found this quote, I thought to myself, maybe it was a combination of all those factors, or maybe there was no correlation at all.
I do think there is some truth to this quote. I don't think you should run until you are literally in pain or run through pain. I know that our bodies fatigue at different points and times and that fatigue and pain that we experience from pushing our bodies further than we have gone before is an important step. It reminds us that we can push a little more, we can get a little further, we can go a little faster and we can get to that next level we may have been working towards. The body is amazing and can do amazing things if you work for it.
I know that I need to work and work hard the next couple of months until my next half marathon in August. My performance yesterday was not at all how I wanted things to go and I just wasn't happy with how I did. There are a couple of issues I can attribute my performance to, but all in all, the blame is on me and my consistency in training. I need to be more consistent and know that I need to keep running and training because I have goals to attain and because running is good for me in so many ways.
Now it's your turn: Do you train and push past fatigue and pain in your runs, or do you let that be a marker for you to stop?