I do prescribe to this philosophy, mainly. Sometimes you just have to let loose or what is life about? However, sometimes you can overdo it, even if it’s a good thing. This week I overdid exercise. It started last Monday while I was working with my personal trainer. I was doing assisted pull ups using a heavier setting than normal and I felt a twang in my back. I woke up the next morning not being able to move my neck in either direction. I’m guessing I had a pinched nerve.
I rested up while it improved but then worked out again on Saturday. I kept it moderate and felt okay. My ride was good too. On Sunday I was motivated to run on the treadmill, something I rarely did because it tightens up my hips, making riding more difficult, but I knew I was going to give PJ a day off, so what the heck? I warmed up for 2 minutes and then ran at 7.0 for 2 minutes, rested 1 minute at the walk, ran at 6.5 for 2 minutes, walked for 1, ran at 6.0 for 2 minutes. Then I repeated the routine twice more, running for 1 minute with 1 minute walk rests. I ended with 8 minutes hard on the incline bike, thinking that would keep me loose . Ha! No!
I woke up today barely able to move. I could feel all of my muscles and their origin and insertion points (that’s where they attach to your bones) that’s how much they hurt – quads, hamstrings, calves. But did I rest today? No! I tried to ride the horse. I couldn’t really get him off his front end -forward, yes, but not really pushing. Then I went to the gym to work out with my trainer – I have a weekly appointment. Normally I don’t tell him about any of my aches and pains because I’m there to work and don’t want to be coddled. But today I had to say something because I could barely walk on the treadmill to warm up. My trainer kept my workout to mainly upper body and I do feel better now that I’m sitting on the couch afterwards. Hopefully though, I won’t wake up tomorrow regretting all of this stuff that’s supposed to be good for me.