I did something that I am not all that great at…I voluntarily took a day off from running!!!
On Wednesday, I did a tough (for me) double workout, that included my first speed work of the season. Both workouts felt really good and I did everything that I wanted.
However, the next day was…
well my original plan was to run an easy 4.0 the next morning.
However, when I got up mentally I just felt really foggy and while the body didn’t have any new aches or pains, everything felt off. I figured I was either coming down with something or that the Wednesday workouts had taken more out of me than I thought.
So instead of running with Bennie in the morning, I decided to do a couple mile walk with the wife and Bennie and while it was okay, I still felt tired and a little off.
I figured at that point I could do a lunch run if I felt like running later. When later came, I was still feeling like yech, so instead of heading to the gym and another treadmill session. Instead I headed to Dairy Queen got a small Butterfinger Blizzard and after getting rid of the evidence, settled into the truck and watched the back of the eyelids for about 20 minutes.
That combination seemed to really help, because I felt better than I had all day. Dare I say almost re-invigorated.
It might have been my body’s way of saying, I know we are not going to run later, so I can relax and just enjoy the rest of the day.
I can’t say that I really enjoyed being at work until 7:00 PM, but at least I was in a much better space, than I was before lunch.
Yeah, Wednesday’s double workout did take more out of me than I wanted to admit.
This morning, the body feels recovered and there is no mental fog hanging around. Part of my concession to getting to be an old fart is gonna have to be if I do a really hard (for me) speed workout (the longer runs don’t seem to take it out of me like doing speedwork does), that I will have to plan for a day off the next day to allow the old bod a chance to properly recover.
I am learning this stuff, it is just that I don’t want to do it or accept that is my new reality.
However, as I approach 60 years on this planet, I physically cannot do things the same way as I always have.
You know reality sucks!
Hmmmm I wonder what kind of run I will get in today, since I decided to take my boss’s offer and take today off.