Only Human

I knew it was only a matter of time before all of my high energy and strong workouts would catchup to me. It was today. My training schedule had a 6 mile run this morning made up of a 2 mile warm up, 2 mile tempo in my zone 4, and a 2 mile cool down. I decided to run on the treadmill at my gym so I could get to work right after. When I woke this morning I felt good, no different than any early morning. Just before I left the house I sat down on my steps, put my travel mug of coffee down, and laced up my running shoes. I grabbed my gear and headed out the door. A mile into my drive I realized my coffee was still at home. Now I will be the first to admit caffeine is an integral part of my lifestyle. I don’t live on it, but I need that first 16 oz. mug in the morning. Truth be told, I actually contemplated turning around and driving back for it. I have a Keurig in my office so I could wait a few hours…

Not long into my run I first thought the lack of coffee was affecting my run. I was keeping the pace I needed but I really wanted to go to bed. My heart rate was fine. In fact, I have had to increase my pace on the treadmill to to get up to my zone 4. (even in a tired state I still want to do a happy dance about getting faster!) Then I realized I am over worked and maybe even getting a little bug. I cut the run to a 2 mile warm up, 1.5 mile tempo, and a half mile cool down. Four miles and I was ready to go back to bed. After I got to work and drank a cup or two… of coffee I felt a little better but my wagon was draggin’.  I am home now and plan to be in bed long before the good stuff gets aired on the Olympics tonight. Fortunately I have a app for that and I know what happened in swimming and gymnastics. I won’t spoil it, but I am happy for sure!

Listening to my body and making appropriate adjustments is an essential part of training as much as workouts, weight lifting, and nutrition are. Nutrition and rest tend to be overlooked until things happen and we are forced to make modifications. In hind sight I should have known when my heart rate was slightly elevated this morning I was overworked. I wanted to believe it was higher because my dog was awake and wanting to get out, so I wasn’t in a completely rested state… Denial is a dangerous thing. I made the modifications to my run in time and now I will get the rest I need. An insurance company commercial has been playing during the Olympics about how we are only human and make mistakes.  Yes, I am only human and born to make mistakes, but I want to learn from them. In training and in life. And with that lesson, it is time for bed.

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  1. My husband and I are in the same boat! His foot has been hurting so he can’t run and I’ve been taking over his duty of walking the dogs. This is a time when we really need to eat well and sleep. Way to adapt!

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