These days I’ve become much better at listening to what my body is trying to tell me. If I’m having a flat day I’ll program myself a less intense gym workout, if I’m feeling a bit rundown I’ll up the greens and supplements in my diet and if my body wants a little chocolate – well, as you know by now, I give it that too. But there’s one area I really fall down in, and that’s running.
For whatever reason (stubbornness, competitiveness, plain stupidity) I can’t seem to get it through my head that if my body is exhausted then I should adjust my run accordingly. See, there’s a difference between feeling lazy and feeling exhausted and I think the problem I have is differentiating between the two… so I force myself to run anyway, just to be safe.
The perfect example of this was on Wednesday. A 10km Harbour run was on the agenda, and after last week’s awesome run (47.28 with some left in the tank) I had high hopes. Apparently the universe was not on my side though, because I had a TERRIBLE sleep on Tuesday night. I was up quite late blogging (usually I’m a 9.30pm lights out kind of gal) and then tossed and turned until my alarm went off at around 6am. Honestly by lunchtime, running was the last thing I felt like doing.
But I did it anyway.
Unsurprisingly, the run was awful. From the first moment, my legs felt heavy, my hips tight and my movement restricted. But still I kept going, not turning at the 6km mark, not the 7km mark or the 9k mark. By the time I finished, I was dead on my feet. And not in that ‘hurt so good’ kind of way either… more in that ‘grumpy as hell, should have done yoga instead, when will I learn?’ kind of way.
I always tell my clients that even if you REALLY don’t feel like working out, you should do 10 minutes before making a decision, and if you’re still feeling really flat and unmotivated by then, you have permission to pack up and go home. Why didn’t I listen to my own advice?
In hindsight, I’m really lucky that I didn’t get sick or injure myself. And it served as a good reminder that sometimes rest is exactly what the body needs. I took Thursday as a rest day, had a good stretch last night, and I’m looking forward to getting back in the gym for another (as yet unplanned) Post-it note workout today! I’ll post it on Facebook once I’m through, so make sure you ‘like’ my page if you haven’t already. The button is just up a little and over there to your right —->
Have a great weekend, learn from my mistake and listen to your body – your mind might be capable of playing tricks on you, but your body is a lot more honest.