Knowing When To Call It Quits
Happy Monday morning! Canada finally delivered on a perfect weekend of sunshine and I soaked up everything I could!
I was fully expecting to do a long run on Saturday but I am not going to lie, my legs were toast. I have a conservative mileage plan at the moment but my coach is piling on the intensity to prep me for some of my fall races. To make matters worse, I do extra curricular sports like it is my job, which aligns perfectly with my goals of soaking up the summer, enjoying life and playing out there, but doesn’t work so well with hard training schedules.
Sometimes I forget that it all counts and even though it just feels like fun, it is still stress on my body. Every time I have a twinge somewhere in my legs, my coach gets a hypochondriac style text where he quickly reassures me nothing is wrong. Saturday, I was on the golf course with my brother-in-law and he received yet another one from me. I was noticing mild shin splints and felt terrified that I was headed for another stress fracture.
I was feeling a little bit tired.
I was sore and to be honest, I didn’t want to lace up my running shoes and get out there. If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I have a personal rule that I will not go on a run unless I want to. It doesn’t matter if it messes with my training plan, my body is a better indicator of training needs.
My coach quickly reassured me it was fine, but instructed me to get on my bike and get in a long ride instead. I struggled with changing my training plan. I tend to be very Type A and changing a plan, especially based on circumstances I can control is hard for me. I felt as if I was wimping out or as if I was cheating on my training. It sounds ludicrous when it is typed out but for me, it is growth. Even a year ago, I would have just went ahead and ran the full distance, even though I was feeling a little exhausted.
Instead, I went on an easy morning ride.
I went to the beach in the afternoon, laid in the sand, soaked up the sun and swam by the piers. And I was ok.
This was the biggest thing I continue to learn from training – it is OK to deviate from the plan if it means listening to your body. I am an injury-prone runner and I need to respect that. It is all a part of training smart.
Please tell me I am not the only one who hates adjusting training plans.. when was the last time you skipped a workout or long run and why?
Best thing you did this weekend?