As I set out for my 60 minute run this a.m., if I listened closely I might have heard a tiny cracking begin (see my post on imminent cracking and enter to win some TRISWIM while you're at it!). The good news is, I was listening, and I heeded the sound.
Instead of a 60 minute endurance run, I downgraded the intensity to a walk and then an easy, zone 1 run. It actually turned out to be a great workout, and one that I am very proud of.
Often it is easy to overrule what your body is saying because that might mean you are copping out, because you are being weak, making excuses, whatever. You know what I'm talking about, because we have all done it. All we are doing when we ignore what our bodies are telling us, is cheating ourselves out of our best performance in the long run.
When the body is tired and in need of recovery, more hard training will simply break it down more. Recovery is the time that our bodies absorb all of the hard work we've done. If we don't give our bodies time to absorb, they become brittle and hard like a dried up sponge, and don't respond to the stresses placed on them.
So, I am proud of myself because today I listened. And because I listened, the cracking stopped!!!