Trail Zealot

Colorado hiking, Appalachian Trail thru-hiking, and more...

March 5, 2020, 6:32 a.m.

Oh man. I felt this one deeply. The long run yesterday had me feeling sore. Like my muscles COULD fire faster, but the perceived exertion of going faster felt totally unappealing. I decided that was my body telling me in matter-of-fact terms to take it easy. I usually like to take the day off after a long run, but I didn't this time. So it could just be soreness from a long run - but that long run felt hard too. I started to worry I am digging myself into a hole of overtraining. But I've been very careful about not ramping up distances too fast. Could be my faster paces catching up with me. I'm trying to just note the feelings (mental and physical) without diagnosing anything or planning ahead. I could find my legs fresh as hell tomorrow - they started to feel much better on lap 2. Or maybe it'll be a rest day after the warmup goes poorly. Who knows! That's the beauty of responding to how I actually feel, rather than burying those feelings and prescriptively following a plan. Hard to believe I relied on the Runners World Smart Coach for so many years - prescribed distances and paces based on a recent race PR. It's a good idea in theory, but does not allow for any flexibility. I never learned anything about why I was doing what I was doing. I just learned to bury discomfort and keep pushing. It didn't work. I need flexibility, and I need to know the WHY of any workout (and pretty much everything else). I'm getting there.