I ran with MapMyRun! Distance: 2.77mi, time: 51:49, pace: 18:43min/mi, speed: 3.21mi/h. http://mapmyrun.com/workout/411782243
Yesterday morning, I did a 3.5-mile trail run at Watchung Reservation. It was a tough yet exhilarating experience, being able to achieve such a distance. This morning, I was raring to go again and push it even more.
However, my body had a whole different agenda. At times I wanted to pour it on, my legs were like, “No way!”. Now wait a minute! I was just recently talking about “no compromise” when it comes to running and going the extra mile! I should have pushed myself harder! However, I had to remind myself that my body was indeed genuinely tired. It wasn’t laziness; instead it was the fact that I didn’t have a day to rest in between running days since my body’s still acclimatizing to the morning trail run. I usually run Monday-Wednesday-Friday, with Tuesday and Thursday for other activities. So this morning, I wound up doing a trail trot/walk with a bit of running.
As I walked, I realized that while it’s good to have a “no compromise-go the extra mile” attitude, it’s also important not to punish the body. I’m learning to work with my body, not work it over. I find that I may have days I have to slow it down and take it down a notch so my body can recover from long and kick-ass runs. This helps my body recharge itself for the next run, where I can really pour it on. This will also help me from tiring too easy, and quite possibly, quitting altogether.
So to my fellow runners, walkers, joggers, and hikers out there: give it your best by going that extra mile. However, at the same time, remember what I said above and slow it down at times to help your body recover for that next (kick ass) run.