While I was researching training techniques for my first 10k run I came upon this little bit of advice.
'Always take a couple of days rest after a particularly heavy run to help the muscles relax'. Good idea I thought at the time. So I trained for the 10k, running up hills, running up more hills and even getting in the car to go looking for hills to run up. You get the idea right?
I was readyand raring to go on Saturday morning. My daughter and I put our running gear on, had our breakfast a good three hours before the run and looked foward to the finish line. I have to say we did well for our first time out. We crossed the finish line on our own two feet without the aid of an ambulance or a wheelbarrow. Saturday afternoon was spent basking in the glory of our enormous medal that I insisted on wearing for the whole household to admire. Can't say the dog was impressed but the cat did like the ribbon, though the medal itself did not render her amazed.
Sunday was ok too. I thought my legs would be stiff and sore but they were ok. There was a tiny niggle when I climbed stairs but sure as we say here it was 'not too bad' . That is why I decided on monday to go for a five mile run. I could do this. Any advice to the contrary that advised me to rest went out the window like snow off a ditch when the sun shines.
So I went running. Oh yes I did. Three miles into the run and I was starting to hurt. Three and a half miles into the run and I was starting to burn. By four miles I was very sorry I had decided to ignore the advice of the experts.
I won't be doing that again. I have learned my lesson. Twas just a shame I had to learn it through pain.
But then sometimes it takes pain for us to learn what we actually already know.
I walk away from God and I feel the pain of separation, I neglect to pray and I feel the pain of powerlessness. Sometimes pain is good, sometimes it just stinks. One wonders if painkillers have been created for plain stupidity in ignoring good advice. I doubt it to be honest. Now Im off to spray heat rub on my aching and screaming muscles, and then I may just go for a run :)