I tend to avoid starting a blog post off in a negative way…or, at least a not-so-positive one, but this post may be a rare exception. I’m having a bit of a rough start to the week.
Sunday began with an OW. Yes, you read that right, an ow. I woke up to my back hurting and my legs feeling incredibly sore. What in the world did I do to myself, I wondered as I managed to roll out of bed. It didn’t make sense. On Saturday morning, I did a 6 mile run with a couple of my runner friends. I’ve been keeping a good base, so 6 miles should be easy-going for my body (heck, just did 6 last weekend). Surely, the run didn’t do it. Then later, I went through some boxes for my impending move, but nothing strenuous going on there. I barely lifted any of them, a friend did it.
After laying around a bit longer than usual for me on a Sunday morning, I pushed myself out the door to the gym. Got in a bike workout and felt okay, but the soreness lingered in my back and inner thighs. It wasn’t until later, that it dawned on me that I overdid it on Saturday. That’s where the problem came from I think.
The humidity here in Florida is going up, nearing our summer temps, so I didn’t account for that during this acclimation period. Despite running all year long, the body needs time to adjust to a big change in the weather. It tends to take about a month for my body to feel content about it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still very hot and humid, but once you get used to it, you don’t feel as bad during a run.
Another Florida runner I know online posted that he was feeling it on Sunday after his run, noting he was more sore than he has been in some time. Darn you, Florida humidity, messing with my running groove! It just drives me crazy feeling like I ran a half marathon or more when I ran half of that.
So, today became an unplanned rest day. When I woke up and felt that darn DOMS, I knew that rest was the smart way to go. If you know me, this was not something I took lightly. I DISLIKE rest days. The only one I tend to embrace is Fridays, because it’s the day before a long run. But, otherwise, I tend to like to be doing some kind of workout 5-6 days a week. It’s just became a part of who I am and how I live.
Suppose this Weekly Pursuit became more of a training update. I did have a nice time with my mom yesterday for Mother’s Day, and she liked the flowers I bought her. It’s also a stressful time right now with my move happening this weekend. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a new place yet, so I am temporarily moving in with my parents. Not the way I wanted to go, but thankful to be able to do that for a couple of weeks or so while I continue to search for my next place. Praying for some thing to come very, very soon!
I’m keeping my head up, I know the week is going to improve! God has blessed me in many ways, and I know He is always right there with me through it all. The road is a bit bumpy right now, but I foresee smoother terrain ahead.
Looking back at last week’s goals…
My main goal was to work on my sleep, mostly the amount and quality of it. And, in regards to that, I did great. I felt better overall during the day when I was forcing myself to go to bed at least 30 minutes earlier than usual. That coupled with the Melatonin I started taking seem to be helping.
The other goal last week was to take two rest days. That goal aided in the first goal since it allowed more rest for my body. I took off Wednesday and Friday as rest days. I think it made a difference, because for the first time in weeks, I made it through all five work days without having to early quit work and use my FMLA! Seems like I’m on the right track, working on these two things.
This week’s goals…
1. Continue working on my sleep, getting to bed earlier.
2. Two rest days this week from workouts.
3. Food logging every day.
4. Hydration! Increased humidity means drinking up that H2O!
How about you, what are your goals for the week?