Part of smart training is knowing when to call it a day. I’ve been really good about stepping back on runs when my leg starts acting up, but can I use the same tactics when I’m just not feeling the workout?
Well, my answer is yes. After only a few hours of restless “sleep,” my 5:30am alarm was unpleasant. When I jumped in the pool at 6am, my shoulders were tight and my body was arguing with the unfortunate treatment it was receiving. I knew if I kept pushing through the end of my planned sets I would be cranky and feel a general — though temporary — hatred toward swimming. So instead I finished my 1000m warmup and moved down a few lanes to get in an interval run workout.
My body responded slightly better to that, so I managed 20 minutes of hard effort with 10 minutes of easy jogging interspersed.
I have days where I just feel like doing one thing over another — for example, when the thought of being on my trainer sounds like heaven compared to a crowded lane at Wilson — and I’m learning to be flexible so that I still get my workouts in but match what my body and mind are demanding.
Do you change gears when you’re just not up for a specific workout, or do you push through anyway?