How I Talked Myself Into Finishing Last Night’s Run

Have you ever started a run and your legs immediately said “WTF, stop, stop, stop right now!”

That was me last night.

My quads were feeling really sore during my warmup and I wondered if I should just stop and do some cross training instead.

After one mile I stopped, stretched and asked myself:

  • Am I sore, or am I in actual pain? Just sore.
  • Is the soreness decreasing at all as my muscles are warming up? I think so. 
  • Am I at risk for injury if I go just one more mile and then reassess again? It don’t think so as long as I take it easy. 

So, that’s exactly what I did… I ran one more mile and somewhere towards the end my legs warmed up completely and I felt good! I knocked at the third and final mile feeling great.

I’m glad I stopped and thought through the situation after mile 1 instead of just quitting and doing something else. This was a good lesson learned, as I imagine it may be common that the day after speedwork my legs take a little longer to get warmed up.

If I had actually felt hurt or near injury I definitely would have just stopped for the night.

As a sidenote: I was doing the run on the treadmill at the gym because Adam wanted to workout too, and about 20 minutes after we arrived another couple came in.

The guy got straight to warming up and lifting, while his girlfriend loudly video chatted with a friend for 15 minutes before she trotted along on the elliptical for about 5 minutes…. then she went over and started hugging her boyfriend in between his sets. Yes, hugging. Are we 15 years old?

UGH. Just. so. annoying.


I like hugging Adam a lot, but in the middle of a gym session is not the time.

Also, Adam and I are usually too sweaty to want to hug each other in the gym. If you’re not that sweaty, you probably should focus on your workout a little more and hugging a little less.

What is your biggest gym pet peeve? Most annoying thing you’ve seen at the gym?

How do you decide if you should keep going during a run that doesn’t feel great?



  1. cheryl
    April 11, 2014 / 10:02 am

    That would be annoying. I don’t go to the gym, but I that would be a list topper…

    I convince myself to continue running kind of the way you did. If it is not an injury, or a GI problem. I tell myself, this is good practice for how to run on tired legs–you need to know what that feels like in a race, and know what your mind does at that point (panic, make you stop running, cry, get mad etc.) When distance training, it kind of helps you know what to expect when you hit “the wall”, and running on tired legs isn’t the same, but it gives you a glimpse of how you will react…
    Great job on powering through, even with added distractions!

    • April 13, 2014 / 10:11 pm

      Exactly! Pushing on is great for mental training because there will pretty much always be those down moments in distance races.

  2. April 11, 2014 / 10:06 am

    Way To Stop And Reassess The Run. Even Better Job Warming Up And Knocking It Out. WHAT??…HUGGING?? That Is Why I Hate The Gym. People Who Rest On The Machines More Than They Work Out, Weird Guys Who Stare At Women The Whole Time They Work Out, Uhg My Pet Peeve Is The Gym In General Lol

    • April 13, 2014 / 10:12 pm

      YES! So annoying when people rest on the machines instead of working out — especially when the gym is busy. It’s like they live in their own little world!

  3. April 11, 2014 / 12:06 pm

    I sometimes get a weird tightness in my achilles when I start running but after a mile I forgot about it because it goes away. I think sometimes, like you said, our muscles just need to warm up a bit and get in the groove!

    I hate when people hog weights!! Especially when they are weights so close together. Like if someone has the 15s AND the 20s, sometimes I can’t even do my exercise because 10lbs would be too light and 25s would be too heavy! Take one pair at a time, Idiots.

  4. April 12, 2014 / 1:01 am

    First off, way to regroup, keep with it, finish strong. I have days like that too where it takes a little extra mental umph to get going. Second, if you can hug your significant other at the gym, you are not working hard enough. My husband and I sweat so much that we have a one foot rule until post-shower. 🙂 My biggest gym pet peeve is the ridiculously loud guy grunting and yelling as he lifts a 5 pound weight. Come on.

    • April 13, 2014 / 10:15 pm

      Hahah the one foot rule – I like it!

      The loud guy grunting with low weights always makes me laugh a little. I saw a guy dumbbell squatting with 25lbs the other day and he was just absolutely carrying on! Mmmk.

  5. April 12, 2014 / 4:58 pm

    I had a run like that on Wednesday. I feel like the longer distances I run, the harder it is to warm up; it takes much longer these days for my legs to get into the swing of it!

    That gym-hugging girl sounds obnoxious. I honestly don’t understand people like that haha.

    • April 13, 2014 / 10:16 pm

      I think you’re absolutely right. These days I don’t feel like I really hit my groove until mile 4 or 5. It makes the shorter runs a bit more difficult, but the longer runs feel so much better than they used to!

  6. April 12, 2014 / 6:53 pm

    My legs often do that to me lol Lately I just stop and walk for awhile and start again if I feel like it. Usually after start up again I do feel a whole lot better! I haven’t noticed too many obnoxious folks at my gym, but I do hate when I am doing a set and someone asks to work in. I like to do my work out and keep moving between sets so usually I just move on.

    • April 13, 2014 / 10:17 pm

      I’m the same — if someone asks to work in I usually just say, “Oh I’m done, you go ahead.” I feel too much pressure to go fast otherwise.