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?