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Motivation, Musings, Training

Today Is Not The Day

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?

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Discussion

4 thoughts on “Today Is Not The Day

  1. Somedays, the body just dont wanna go!

    cheers

    Posted by bearrunner | March 8, 2011, 1:54 PM
  2. Yep – I don’t even really set my weekly schedule until the weekend before, and everything is with the underscore that it can be shuffled if necessary as long as I meet my mileage/cross-training goals by the end of the week. Sometimes waiting a day makes it an even better and more productive workout!

    Posted by amy | March 8, 2011, 2:27 PM
  3. Yep, I’d rather get in a solid “alternate” workout or rest completely than begin to burn out on a specific activity or on training altogether. With tri training there is so much flexibility, that you can always switch things up and still get great results. Good call on switching when you weren’t feeling it!

    Posted by Beth | March 8, 2011, 2:49 PM
  4. I agree with the comments – especially in tri training, i don’t think there’s any loss in swapping workouts during the week. better for your head = better in the long run.

    Posted by katie | March 8, 2011, 3:47 PM

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