So lately I’ve seen a lot of posts about “how to stay on track past January” and “keep up those New Year’s resolutions”. That is all well and good for lots of people however, I notice there is a whole other group out there who, well, tend to go a little overboard. I am totally referring to myself here! Perhaps it’s a good time to take it down a notch. Let me explain-
I find myself surrounded by a highly motivated group of runner friends who are amazing inspiration. There is always a group of ladies training for something or checking out a new fun fitness class. I find it hard to say no to a run or a chance to check the latest class because of well, FOMO. This mentality in and of itself is usually a good thing for me. It gives me accountability and keeps me on track with my fitness and training goals.
The last 2 winters I had running injuries that put me on the bench for months at a time (a stress fracture and plantar fasciitus). I would say that going into training this winter I have been a little nervous that I would end up hurt again. I am currently training for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler and the American Odyssey relay in April and want to do everything I can to make it to the finish line this year.
While, I have been sticking to my 3 days a week of running and slowly adding back up the mileage, I also have been increasing the intensity of my other activities. I’ve been pushing myself more in swim class and adding in a few extra hot yoga classes here and there. You can see where this is going…
Last week, I felt a little soreness in my left shin very close to where my stress fracture was. I completely freaked out and immediately made an appointment to see the Ortho to make sure that I did not have another one. Worrying that he would tell me something terrible like I had to take some time off, I made sure I got in one more spin class before heading over to his office. Seriously, who does that??
Turns out I am completely fine and it is just a little muscle soreness. Whew! While talking with Dr. Kevin, (that’s what I call him) he asked me to describe my typical week of workouts. He pointed out to me that while I was running “only 3 days a week”, I am doing lots of other activities that also put stress on the same muscles. He suggested I take it down a notch.
While I am all for channeling my inner “Beast Mode”, perhaps I should stick to one activity at a time to increase the intensity of. I was lucky this time that my soreness is nothing but I need to figure out how to balance things better and yes perhaps, take it down a notch sometimes. #RunnerProbs Easier said than done Dr. Kevin!
[You might find this post on signs of over training interesting]
Have you ever been told to take it down it notch? Is this hard for you to do?