Friday, November 21, 2014

No Pressure Training

A week ago I went for a run/hike with my command up to Koko Head crater. I probably pushed myself a little harder than I should have and as a result the effort left me pretty sore. Ignoring the fatigue and soreness (which hadn't really set in fully), I went for a run with my friend Jeff the next day. I started noticing some building tightness in my left hamstring as the run progressed. At around the 3 mile point I felt the hamstring "grab" a little and decided it was best to just walk it in and not do any further damage. This past week I've been really trying to listen to my body and ensure that I allow the hamstring to fully recover. I have attempted a few test runs this week and neither one resulted in me feeling confident enough to trust the hamstring. So I will take another week off from running.

There used to be a time when taking two weeks off from running would cause me a bit of anxiety. I've come to realize that the anxiety is completely controllable and any pressure I experience to "perform" is purely self-inflicted. A couple of weeks off to let the body heal is a small investment in my long term ability to keep on running. And if two weeks turns into four weeks, who cares? Not this guy! Should I worry about logging a few 16 min/mile pace walks on my Strava log? Nope!


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