AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY HE RESTED TOO…
We all reserve the right to change our minds, right?
On Friday I wrote that come Sunday morning I was going end my weeklong recovery period and test out the leg with a 6-8 mile run.
Well, a minor setback on Saturday as I woke up with a really really stiff neck. Yup, it was one of those “it occasionally happens” kind of pulls caused by sleeping on it wrong (don’t ask me how). As a result I spent much of the day walking around like Robocop (aka stiffly). And after cheering on horsies at the Belmont Stakes, the US Men’s National Team in their final World Cup tune-up and watching the LA Kings win a 2OT thriller in the Stanley Cup Finals, my neck was still rather jacked.
Lindy and I even went for a late night massage (get your mind out of the gutter, it was just a straightforward massage… as far as you know) in order to fix my “head stem.” And I must say, it did feel good to the point that I almost fell asleep on the table.
I had my running clothes all laid out and I was ready to give it a go in the morning.
Well, I did not get a good night’s sleep and when the alarm went off I was still whipped. And the neck was still stiffer than I’d like.
Any other weekend and I would have still climbed out of bed and made for Griffith Park. No matter what I always feel better after a run.
But I thought about how important recovery is and that I hadn’t given myself a real break since October (a lot of pounding on the tootsies). One more day of rest can only help the leg, my aching neck and my whole body.
And did I mention the blankies felt awesome this morning.
So, I turned off the alarm and rolled over for a few more hours of
sleep recovery. And yes, I do feel much more rested.
Sure I feel a somewhat guilty for not pounding pavement today, but I also think being “hungry” for running will definitely help (and it shows I’m not burned out).
I’ll enjoy the rest of my weekend and tomorrow morning I’ll be back at the gym, doing a little walking on the treadmill and then hitting the elliptical along with some ab work.
And on Tuesday morning I’ll finally give the leg a test run. Here’s hoping it’s “all good.”
Have a great Sunday everyone!
Run on… just not today.