August 26, 2009

Aborted my run after half a mile

I felt fine before I started running. My wakeup heart rate was 58. The temperature was in the low 70s (F) when I left home. As soon as I started running, however, I could tell this was not a running day. My energy level went down, and I had a hard time continuing to run. I knew that I had to mow my lawns when later this morning and needed to conserve energy, so I aborted the run and mostly walked back to my car.

8 comments:

  1. Momma said there'd be days like this, there'd be days like this, momma said...

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  2. It's our bodies, I'm convinced. The body knows more than we know and when it isn't time, it isn't time.

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  3. Hello! I've recently started a runner's blog too! I've been following yours pretty closely and think you have excellent tips! Check out mine when you get a chance, maybe you can give me a few pointers. :D

    coltrunslikethewind.blogspot.com

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  4. There are days when we ALL feel like this....I had one just the other day in fact..lol

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  5. You're right, Joe, Caron, and Jim. It is normal to have peaks and slumps in our running. Many new runners don't understand this and get frustrated when they go into a slump. Slumps are one of the ways our bodies tell us they can't handle the stress we're giving them. The key to getting out of a slump is extra rest.

    Thanks, Colton, for your nice comment and for the link to your blog!

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  6. For those struggling with slumps, here is my page on peaks and slumps.

    http://runninginjuryfree.org/2008/09/peaking-in-performance.html

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  7. You'll appreciate this, Allen. Yesterday, my doctor told me that 1) Normally, he would recommend that I hold off on running for 6 weeks with the hip pain I had, but that 2) He understood how much I miss running, and thought it would be OK if I start again, only for short distances.
    So this morning, Ernie (Golden Retriever) and I did about a 1/4 mile in a run-walk mode, just as you described. No pain. Can't wait until tomorrow...

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  8. Thanks for sharing your good news, Joe!

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