I’ve been up since 4:45am because on Thursday mornings I go to hot vinyasa yoga at the ass crack of dawn. I don’t have to be at work until after 1pm so this is quite a stretch for me (no pun intended)! But this class is the best that my gym offers. They have yoga pretty much around the clock, all day, everyday, but the 5:30am class with yogi Jana, is the best and I deserve the best when it comes to my health and my body. With that said, I normally go for a run within an hour or so after this class (FYI running after yoga is amazing). I had every intention to do that today; even talked with my running buddy about it yesterday but sometimes the universe has other plans for us.
Instead of running this morning, I was (before I came to sit down and write this) sitting on my sofa, with a hoodie on and a blanket over my legs enjoying a hot cup of tea and pretending that it wasn’t the balmy 80 degrees it actually was outside. Our AC goes down to 75 over night and it takes the house awhile to warm up again so I was taking advantage of being able to mentally take myself to a place of chilly bliss. Now back to the reason that I decided not to run.
I ran on Tuesday night with my group; got in 4.75 miles. Then on Wednesday I went and did barbell class (so many squats! my poor butt cheeks!). Throughout the day I had started to notice that my right ankle had a little bit of a tweaky feeling to it but thought I would be ok in the morning. When I got going this morning I still noticed a small amount of discomfort. Normally that wouldn’t be to concerning, but I have my first race of the fall/winter season this Sunday and it is a relay with 5 other runners and 5 other groups! So I made the choice to do something that I normal struggle with, I decided to put on my hoodie, call my friend and cancel our run. I chose to listen to the universe and it told me to listen to my body. It would be pointless to push myself through 3 miles today, only to be officially hurt by Sunday. So instead I am going to take it easy, see how I feel tomorrow, and maybe then get in an easy 3 miles but if not, then I will hold off till Sunday and use what I have for the race. After all the slogan at The Tri Doc is: “Race Hard, we’ll fix you on Monday”! I do plan on starting off the season giving it my all, but I will probably need some fixing shortly after!
I can’t really express how proud of myself I am for listening to my body this morning. I can be very hard on myself at times (something I’m working on) and feel like a failure or that I am slipping behind if I am “weak” or need to rest. I am learning that, that kind of negative self talk and fear based thinking will never help me to achieve anything in my life. As long as I keep moving forward and always remember to put myself and my feelings first, I will be able to reach any goal I set.
4.75 mile run 91 degrees @ 6pm
- Overall time 50:51
- Average pace 10:43
- Splits 9:37, 10:02, 11:26, 11:31, 11:06
- Average cadence 174