Wednesday, September 10, 2008
You have to know how to listen to your body and how NOT to push too hard.
Hopefully my HRM will help with this when I finally get it, but today I definitely went beyond my limits.
It's so tough because there's this side of me that is ultra competitive with myself and is so tenacious it REFUSES to give up.... and then there's the voice of reason when I'm pushing to far that the competitive side likes to drown out.
I was *THISCLOSE* to fainting today... a few times... after my run.
I know what I did wrong -- didn't drink enough before, waited till it was too hot, and pushed myself too hard given the circumstances.... I just wanted it SO BAD that I would not allow myself to stop and walk at any time. My muscles/joints/breathing -- all that felt fine... but I should have been able to feel the way the heat was affecting me more. I started feeling a bit nauseous toward the end, but actually kicked it into a higher gear back up the street to my house. When I got inside I walked back and forth for quite a while to cool down until I felt better. Took a sip of water. Bent over and stretched my hamstrings (also getting some blood to my head I guess). Then I was taking a shower and had to literally speed from the shower to the bed to sit down, each step my vision getting darker until I sat down and put my head between my knees and everything came back to me. *SIGH*. That was the worst of it, but after that point while I was finishing getting dressed I had to sit down several times, until I was able to really sit and sip water slowly and eat something and get to feeling better.
I HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE. My VERY first day running. I should know better. At least this time I recognized that almost fainting feeling and didn't actually faint -- but I am not working out for the purpose of passing out/hurting myself/whatever. The purpose of this is to be healthy and fit. All of the additional goals are just to add motivation in the mix, but how fast I run, how far I run, how many massive hills I run -- all of that does NOT really matter if I am pushing myself to the detriment of my well-being.
So anyway. I feel slightly drained, but I've been fine the rest of the day. Yes, I am sore. I will have to think about whether I want to go for MTC Day 9 routine tomorrow or if I think I need a recovery day after that. I guess we'll see how I feel tomorrow morning.
Work has been good today, very productive. Other than the very end and the after-effects, my run actually went pretty well. I was feeling so proud of myself for accomplishing the run I did until I really started feeling sick. *DOH* Oh well -- I'm chalking it up to experience.