Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Life is busy right now, even with tax season over. The paid job has much to do, and there's a variety of different stuff filling up the non-work time. What with one thing and another, it's hard to get to bed early. On time can be done with discipline; early is much tougher.
Against this backdrop, there's my bad foot and sore leg. Sunday I did walk/run intervals, which felt pretty good. Monday, the leg had twinges. On my noon walk, it started telling me it might crap out on me. So I cut the walk short, about 21 minutes instead of 30-40 minutes. And the leg was insistent enough that I kept getting slower, and averaged a 16 minute mile. Definitely in the range where intervals are questionable, even the next day.
Because I had evening commitments Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, I wanted to mow the lawn Monday evening. Yes, just 4 days from the prior mowing. Ironically, the radio on the way home from work told me we are way under normal rainfall this spring. Upstate NY doesn't know droughts. The evening lawn mowing was in my mind when I cut the lunch walk short. Save some steps for mowing.
Got through the mowing somewhat okay. The leg was bothered, but not as much as it was the previous Thursday. But certainly enough to decide that I wouldn't do intervals on Tuesday.
So today is Tuesday, a work from home day. I walked instead of doing intervals. It turned out I averaged about a 14 minute mile at noon; but I was slower in the morning. It was a good day to take off from intervals, and I'll see about doing intervals again on Thursday, assuming the leg feels better then.
It's hard being patient. There are a stack of convenient 5K races in May that I'm not signing up for. I'm committed to the 3.5 mile Corporate Challenge on May 21, and I don't think I should attempt more organized races than that in May. The wisdom of signing up for that one is questionable, but by now it's a work tradition.
So, like my sister's pep talks, I remind myself: Walk if the leg is dubious. It's better to be able to do intervals 2 days a weeks than 3 days in one week and then not at all for three weeks. Hold the line on the total run time until the leg isn't dubious for a full week running. You want the leg and the foot to get better, and they won't if you push too hard, too fast. Cut calories if you can't work as hard as you'd like and the weight creeps up. You have plenty of room to eat less if need be.
And get to bed! The leg and the foot will get better sooner if you get more sleep.