And by sucked, I mean I was in the middle of a huge war between going full steam ahead and calling it a day and lying down on the floor at my office.
You have days like that – days that seem like they won’t end, and if one more person pulls you into any form of drama, you’re just going to scream.
The great thing about those days is that they end and hopefully you can wake up and feel just a tiny bit better than you did the day before. And right now this is proving to be true.
It’s amazing how many of the lessons I learn in life also apply to training.
The Philly Love Run is on my agenda for a PR (fingers crossed). Therefore, each week I’m planning out workouts, long runs, and paces to hit. On certain runs, I feel like I can run with the wind. Other days, I’d prefer to turn around and run home.
Good days and bad days apply to our workouts and training just as much as they do to our daily lives. But it’s how you frame your thoughts towards those tougher days that help you through it. In regards to training, this week was going great, until yesterday (yeah, let’s tack on training meltdown to yesterdays list of awful stuff). Last week I soared through a speed workout, got in some slower middle distance, ran a long run on Sunday hitting HMP miles, and then taught a 60 minute body sculpt class to start the week.
Then Tuesday morning happened. I woke up feeling like I got hit by a train.
My schedule was calling for some middle-distance easy miles. Taking one step out of bed made me realize it wasn’t going to happen. Every part of my body ached. At first I had no idea what was going on, until I took a step back.
My body needed a rest day.
No, my training plan didn’t call for one, and I mentally wanted to workout and get in those easy miles, but I knew what I needed to do. I needed to call it.
Instead of beating myself up and feeling like I was failing my plan, I decided to look at it as “I’m going to come back stronger – I’m going to eat well today, stretch, and get a lot of sleep tonight” I also knew that if there was any workout that I could miss on my plan, it was the easy mileage that I had planned.
To be quite honest, I’m usually really easy on myself when it comes to workouts. I listen to my body and regularly schedule in rest days. But, with this PR in mind and not wanting to look back and think “oh, if only I had done that workout, I would have….”, I’m realizing that my usual mentality of moderation still applies. I will succeed from both the workouts and from the rest.
Time to time, even with our best intentions, plans falter. We have to go to plan B or just call it. However, reframing those moments into a learning or growth opportunity is what really makes us strong.
In today’s society, we tend to think harder is better and more is more when it comes to working out. However, research shows that it’s at rest and during sleep that our strength and training gains really happen. It’s the balance between pushing your body and allowing for proper recovery that make the strongest athletes.
Now that I’m (re)learning that lesson in reference to training, I’m also going to take note to apply it to my daily life and take a step back when needed. It’s ok to need a little extra rest and say “no”.
Have a great day!