Run #36: Know Your Limits

I think for the last couple weeks, my body has been telling me to slow it down. First, it started with the heel spur, then the occasional hip pain, then the knees started to feel really achey. Finally today I got this perpetual cramp in my calf that just wouldn’t go away.

Ok, body, I’m listening to you now.

To be honest, I know I’m still not at a weight right where I can safely run without putting a lot of stress on the lower half of my body. I’m not a spring chicken anymore.

So I’m going to have to modify my workouts a lot. Possibly focus less on distance running, more on amount of time spent being active. Add in strength training (which I’ve already started), and possibly pilates or yoga again. The good thing is since I’m already starting to feel my core muscles gaining strength. Now I just need to maintain it.

Although I’m disappointed at the thought of having to curb back the momentum I’ve already built, I know it’s for the best. I’m still somewhat young so I have a lot of active years ahead of me as long as I take care of myself and stay within my limits.

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