As most of you know by now, I started running just over a year ago. One would think that this is ample time to get a hang of things, and while I don’t consider myself a complete novice any more – I do recognize that I’m still learning many things about my body, running, and how to take care of myself.
That said, this morning I was supposed to run another 3 miles. Easy. I’ve done it many times before and I’ll do it many more times in the future. However, this morning as I started out on my run I noticed my body REALLY didn’t want to do this.
I tried running the first 1/2 to 3/4 mile and my body made the decision that this wasn’t the activity for me. At least not today.
As I walked back to my apartment, I tried to figure out what might be the issue and what I needed to do to get my body back in a place to make up the three miles tomorrow. That’s when I recalled how horrible I had been at convincing myself it’s ok to shortchange my stretching. All week I hadn’t been stretching as much and as well as I know I should.
So, when I got back to my apartment, I rolled out my Yoga Mat, turned on some mellow tunes, and spent some time stretching out my muscles. Just some quality time on the floor with my body, focusing my breathing and letting my muscles work.
And it felt great.
Lesson RE-learned? Well, don’t shortchange any part of your wellness routine/training because it just negates the rest of your hard work.