Monday, July 11, 2011

Learning to Listen

I have rarely missed a day since I started working out.  I had my rest day yesterday.  I went to bed last night fully expecting to wake up and go hit the pavement this morning.  When my alarm went off, I just didn't feel right this morning.  It was different than the "I just don't want to work out feeling." It was more of my body telling me NOT to work out.

I am trying to walk the line between listening to my body or being lazy.  I want to listen to my body, because the last thing I want to do is get hurt.  That would really frustrate me to no end. I also really do not want to miss a day.  I know rest days are important.

How do you all walk that line?  I really don't want to be lazy, but I want to learn to listen to what my body needs.  What are your experiences with this?

8 comments:

giraffe said...

when that happens, don't worry. do a nice long series of stretches instead of running. that always helps me. point is: no worries. also, don't do "nothing." a little yoga or stretching will help keep you active and work different muscles so you don't get repetitive stress injuries. keep up the good work!

Molly said...

It's very smart to listen to your body. Like the commenter above wrote, instead of running, I might go for a long walk, or do yoga.

SupermomE12 said...

Listening to your body is SMART. Maybe you just needed the rest. You could still get out and go for a walk or do something easier today, or try a short run later.

I have a great friend who says that when you are supposed to run and don't feel like it, you should try to just go for 1/2 a mile. If, after the 1/2 a mile your body still feels like "no", then call it a day. But if after 1/2 a mile you feel better, then keep going. :)

Have a great day!

~Becky~ said...

I'm learning the same thing, except mine is with food. I have about a dozen allergies and sometimes I don't listen right to my body and it freaks out.

It's a very fine line to listen to. :)

Terzah said...

I still struggle with that very question occasionally, but have gotten much better at it. Based on the fact that you are recovering from your longest run ever over the weekend, I believe you were right and your body was saying, "Let me rest."

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i have to say for me that a full rest day always makes me feel really sluggish the next day. I try to still take a great long walk or do something active with my husband on rest days now and that keeps me going.

that being said sometimes you need time off too!

Big Clyde said...

Hey, I am your newest follower and am very inspired by what you have done. I lost weight as well, then slacked off and gained some back. So, I am re-focusing and am so glad to have found your site.

Congrats on the half-mary today. Awesome.

Chris @ Heavy Steps said...

Thank you everyone on your comments. I made sure to do some Yoga and stretching tonight. It felt pretty good.

Big Clyde.. Glad to have you here! We can lose the weight together!