I had a little pity party for myself last night. I got home from work and I felt tired, cranky and sore. I watched the last two episodes of NCIS while I iced my legs, ankles and hips.
Fat Kitty helped me ice. 😉 So I was wallowing a bit last night.
“How can I be this sore and achy when I only run 2 times a week?”
“Other people run every day and don’t seem to have these issues.”
“Maybe I’m NOT a runner.”
“Maybe I should quit running.”
“I’ll never be able to compete in the Las Vegas Half.”
“Is the Foam Roller making things WORSE instead of better?”
Blah blah blah….you see where my mind was going. Then I thought back and looked at my workout calender…Yep. I’d exercised (intensely) for 6 days in a row.
6 DAYS IN A ROW? No wonder I was tired, cranky and sore! And my first Brick Workout was in there, too. Silly. So today I am resting. And possibly tomorrow too.
Last night I made a concoction of leftover chicken, veggies and quinoa for dinner.
I steamed the veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini).
I reheated the leftover rotisserie chicken from the other night and put all of it on top of the quinoa. I topped mine with Goddess Dressing and Michael ate his plain. It looks ugly but it was good!
QUESTION: How do you feel if you exercise too often?
Fitness = Rest + Exercise.
I take 2 rest days a week always. I just didn’t realize it had been so long since a rest day! Fail. 😉
I find that 3 days in a row is the max my body likes. If I do 4, on the 4th day I am dragging and just not enjoying myself. I always try to step back and give myself rest when my body asks for it!
I exercise 5-6 times a week for anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours at a clip and I feel that it’s just right. I find that it’s not just what I do during my workouts that prevent me from feeling like I’m overtraining (ie: I vary my workouts quite a bit which helps prevent overuse injuries and boredom), but it’s what I do outside of my workouts that matter.
For example, I recently starting having a smoothie made with 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, frozen berries or banana and 1/2 cup of skim milk before my workout and it fuels me better than any other snack I’ve tried. I blame the calcium! 🙂
Also, my 7-8 hours of sleep a night (with the occasional nap on weekends) is vital to feeling rested and staying healthy.
I just met with my trainer today to review my triathalon training plan and discuss my issues with running (my feet hurt while doing it and I’m getting achilles tendinitis again) and she recommended a book called Chi Running that believes that anyone can be a runner and is chock full of information on developing the proper form that will make running effortless.
It might help out with the pain you’ve had with running *fingers crossed* 🙂 Excellent decision to take a day off though!
Thanks for the book recommendation. I’ll check it out!