You hear a lot about â€œlistening to your body.â€ When it says, â€œStop, I feel injured,â€ youâ€™re suppose to stop. When it says, â€œWait, Iâ€™m full,â€ youâ€™re suppose to put down the fork. But it can be confusing when youâ€™re body says, â€œHold on, Iâ€™m too tired.â€
Becauseâ€¦ well, long bike rides and long runs make me TIREDâ€¦ period. Iâ€™m exhausted after 4 hours of cycling; I sleep 10 hours a night during the peak of training. But, I donâ€™t just mean crazy 60-mile rides or double-digit runs. I mean whatever is long for YOUR body. Maybe thatâ€™s a 5K or a killer Zumba class. Workouts are sometimes just hard.
And when exercise is physically exhausting, sometimes itâ€™s difficult tell when youâ€™re just feeling the distance or if youâ€™re too tired to continue.
Tonight, I planned to run 3.0 miles and then go to a power yoga class. I donâ€™t really know what I was thinking because I rode for 60 miles yesterday, but I drove to the yoga studio, parked my car, and set out on my run. The 3.0 miles felt torturous, and I kept having to stop to walk. I finished in 32:30.
I convinced myself I was OK for the yoga class, and I actually changed, set out my mat, and waited in the studio. But right before the teacher began to talk, I stood up, rolled up my mat, and bounced. My body was saying, â€œNo, no, no, no.â€ I left. It felt great. 🙂
Body, Iâ€™m listening!
I ran errands instead:
Chicken scratch: Buy new vacuum, eye drops, dog food, and new dog beds. 🙂
Pre-workout snacks included grapes:
English muffin and PB with honey:
Post-run Hammer Gel (when I thought I was still going to stay through class):
And dinner was simple and lovely.
I have been craving sunny-side up eggs for WEEKS. Maybe I need the protein? Or maybe it just tastes a-maz-ing? I love dippy eggs.
Plus a tomato and peas:
How do you balance feelings of â€œIâ€™m tiredâ€ or â€œIâ€™m boredâ€ with â€œI need a breakâ€? How do you listen to your body?