Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Rest: It does a body good

A recent study showed that people who had been up for 19 hrs straight the same impairment as someone who had 3 beers (.05 BAC). (Proof here, because SCIENCE!)  So yes, file this one under either: “if it rains, things get wet” or “hipsters were into this WAY before you were”.  Obvious, right?  It is funny how people (read: idiots like me) have a tendency to forget about obvious things like that as we continue to muddle through day to day life.  I was recently reminded of this in the middle of one of my worst runs in recent memory.

The slow slide into thoughts of amputating my legs started easy enough – a 6 mi run (7:13 pace) on Sat night followed by a pretty tough 14 miler (7:18 pace) on Sunday morning. Oops, looking back those were way too fast.  I’m an idiot. I used to do back to back runs like that a lot, but then I got a stress fracture because of them and sort of stopped.  Anyway, my legs were TIRED after the 14 miler. It felt a lot less like 14 miles and a lot more like the Iditarod. I swear I think I heard someone telling me to “mush”.

On Monday my legs were still hurting, and a smart man would have taken a rest day, but we all know that I waived bye bye to the “man” category when I watched just a LITTLE too much Bravo TV but my schedule allowed for a run and by god I was going to run. Mile 1 hurt….but I might just not have been getting loosened up.  Mile 2 didn’t improve, so I took a short 5 minute 30 second break to give myself a verbal assault that an NFL coach would be proud of.  I slogged through the last 2 miles, but they were NOT pretty.

It was pretty demoralizing on multiple levels. But, I knew what I had to do.  Follow the advice a friend texted and double down on my meth intake. I needed to get some more sleep, take a few muscle repair supplements, and I needed to take a rest day.  Fortunately, my no booze during the week lent deal is helping me get more sleep and unfortunately taking rest days is getting easier and easier to accommodate.  BUT, I am happy to report that it actually worked!  Today I ran 6 miles with no ill effects.  In fact, it was a great progression from easy run to 10k pace averaging 6:52/mile.

Looking back, the cause of my terrible run is pretty straight forward: I was too tired, likely from running too fast. But, sometimes in the moment, it seems that I have a tendency to forget about the “obvious” and focus too much on the goal. (That is what she said.) Just like there are no 5 point shots in basketball, there is no way to cram 4 weeks of training into a single week. Obvious, yes. But so is the fact that drinking and texting is rarely a good idea…..


6 comments:

fueledbylolz.com said...

It's funny, I just posted about this earlier in the week. I had a run that took it out of me (unforseen nothing different)...after resting I feel so much better.

What sort of muscle repair supplements do you take?

Jamoosh said...

Only a dork gives up alcohol for lent...

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

Ummmm what is that white substance all over the girl passed out on the bathroom floor?! It looks realllllly familiar....

The Boring Runner said...

TOOTHPASTE. I hope and pray that is toothpaste. (yikes, totally didn't notice that... oops)

Sue's Ramblings said...

many more happy miles for you
and
many more happy zzz as well

Johann said...

And I just posted some crazy running streak numbers. At least I'm sure those guys get enough sleep...