Tough or Stupid?
As runners we like to brag about how tough we are. We say that the tough runs are the runs that really make you stronger. This can be true, but sometimes I also think we just use this as an excuse to justify bad decisions.
I know that I can be dedicated to a fault. I have a marathon training plan and I want to do everything in my power to stick to that. Sometimes though I just have to ask myself "am I just being an idiot?"
Today was one of those days. Was doing my long run today tough or stupid?
-The temperature was 11, without the windchill
-The roads were icy/snowy. I either had to run in the middle of the main road (and keep jumping out of the way of cars), or slide around on the side-roads. I almost got hit several time and I fell twice.
-I am coming down with a cold. Yesterday I had hot/cold flashes all day, started getting a sore throat, and generally felt terrible and had no energy.
-My legs were fried before I even started. I went to absolutely brutal bootcamp yesterday and have terrible DOMS in my quads and butt. Plus, my calves are still really tight and my hips are achy from running on the tiny indoor track earlier this week.
-I was exhausted and stressed from a long week.
Where do you draw the line between tough and stupid?