Well, I’ve had my first training injury. Which I’ve also decided will be my last training injury. Last night I noticed that a muscle on my right shin was hurting a little. Since it was just hurting a little, I set my alarm with the plan to wake and run as usual. Well, this morning I woke up and it hurt a little worse, so I decided not to workout. (I haven’t found an enjoyable exercise that doesn’t involve my legs, so I opted to avoid all exercise, not just running, today).
I was a little unsure about if I should take the day off. On the one hand, I do somewhat believe in mind-over-matter, so part of me thought that if I pushed through and ignored the problem, it might just go away. (Keep in mind, my leg was not in extreme pain, it more just felt a little “off.”) On the other hand, I do think I’ve started training a little enthusiastically, and perhaps this little bit of pain is my body telling me to cool it.
I’m still not sure if it was necessary for me to not run. It still feels a little off in that little muscle. Regardless, I’m planning to run tomorrow, because I can’t spend the rest of my life not running because something feels a little weird.
How do you know when it’s best to stay home and when it’s best to push through?