YEEE-OOOOOWWW! I woke up in the middle of last night – and for some reason my legs were feeling a bit strange, and …
OWWW! I yelled out loud as my right inner thigh suddenly started to cramp up – it wasn’t really painful, but I could feel it nonetheless.
OK, no problemo, I figured – and in my half groggy state (I was actually dreaming of a camping vacation at that time if that makes sense!) I got out of bed and attempted to walk a few steps – and THAT is when it hit me.
I could barely stand – let alone walk on the right leg. Could barely even straighten my right leg to be honest – and the pain was so intense I yelled out loud – must have woken up the neighbors as well (although judging by the amount of noise that was going on therein until the wee hours of the morning it’s debatable if those fine folks, three guys living together apparently ever even went to bed, hehe).
I tried massaging the area to give it some relief. Tried to “pummel” it gently. Poke it. Prod it. Nothing doing.
And finally, after what seemed like an eternity, it calmed down – but I could still feel it. Oh yeah, I could still feel it as I walked gingerly back to bed – and even more gingerly straightened my leg out.
And this “wonky” feeling persisted until this morning. Luckily the worst of it seems to have receded – but rather than the Universe – it was my BODY talking to me this time.
And what was it saying?
Well – to give it a bit of a break – to go EASY for a change.
As y’all can no doubt tell from my daily emails I hit it HARD daily. Not perhaps as hard as a pro athlete training 8 hours a day, but combined with other activities that most folks do as part of a “balanced lifestyle” – that amount of hard training will make itself felt, my friend.
Sure, I felt great last night – still do – but upon thinking about it I’ve got several niggles that I’ve been neglecting for days – and I’ll rectify this today.
All I’ll do is some mild walking, and then perhaps a mild-brisk hill walk as well if I feel like it. Other than that, I’ll rest – and take it easy – and I’ll be back to normal tomorrow again – when I can hit it HARD again.
Moral of the story?
As I keep saying – go easy somedays – and go harder the other days. If you’re an advanced trainee, your definition of “easy” or “hard” may be different from someone that’s just starting out – but even if you’re an advanced man (or woman) – you’d be well advised to take it easy some days regardless.
I’m much like y’all in that I need a kick up the “bootocks” to remind me of this truism every once in a while, and my body duly gave me that kick last night, hehe.
Note though that go easy doesn’t mean “sit around and do nothing”. You do SOMETHING – except you engage in mild activity which still gets the blood flowing to the affected area(s)- – active recovery, in other words.
Last, but not least, none of this is meant to be taken as an excuse to “go easy all the time” – NO.
The average Joe or Jane needs a kick up the butt NOT to “go easy” – – but to get off their duff and DO something – anything.
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