Today is for rest.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I went to the gym at lunch time yesterday, ready to have a good run. I was majorly stressed and a little bit sore for some reason all morning. So on the treadmill I started out a little fast, eager to begin my run sequences. By the third run sequence in, maybe 7 or 8 minutes into the work out, I realized that I would not be able to finish the work out as planned. My back was sore, I felt fatigued, and I was having awful cramps in my shins.
Instead of giving up, however, I just didn't do the run sequences and kept at a 3 mph walking pace. For my short legs, its still a bit of a challenge. When my heart rate wasn't going up, I'd bump up the incline. I always do my treadmill workouts at 1.5%, but yesterday I was bumped up to 5% by the time I finished. I also did a 37 minute workout rather than my usual 30.
I ended up burning almost twice as many calories as usual, as well as feeling great after the workout.
So what did I learn? My work outs don't always have to go as planned, I can switch it up in the middle. Even filled with despair mid-routine, I ended up enjoying myself and, of course, not regretting the work out.
Today, though, is for rest. I may do a 30 yoga session later this evening to loosen up my muscle and joint pain, but I feel the need to let my muscles rest for the most part.