How many times have you gone back and forth on whether or not you should get out on your run? You lay in bed, just trying to convince yourself to get out the door (or stay in bed). Here are a few reasons that I think you should (or shouldn’t) get that workout in.
You Should Run If…
1. You are feeling a little tired in the morning, and the covers are way more appealing than a running outfit
When your alarm blares in the morning, no matter when it is, you aren’t going to want to wake up. Whether it is 5:30 am or 6:30am, your bed is going to look much better than the sidewalk you are about to run on. Get up and get out the door! After all, how often have you really said, I regret going for that run –> I am more sleepy now than when I started. I’m guessing never. I know I never have!
2. You have plans with a group of friends to meet up for a run
You surely can’t leave your friends hanging so that you can skip your run! No way, no how!! Just lace up your sneaker and go meet them. Some of the best conversations are had on a run with friends, so don’t miss out on your chance.
3. Your allergies are bugging you so you have a bit of a runny nose
If the sickness is only up in your head, then you are ok to run. The rule of thumb is if the sickness in your chest, then you need to take the day off. A stuffy nose shouldn’t halt you from getting outside. If your allergies are really acting up, hop on the treadmill and don’t go outside. A run is a run in my book.
4. You think going home before heading to the gym is a good idea
Always a bad idea! When you get home, it is far more appealing to plop on the couch and relax for a few. In reality, it’s not very likely that you are going to get back up and make it out the gym to run on the treadmill. Bring your clothes with you to work and go straight from the office! You will be so happy you did!
You Shouldn’t Run If…
5. You are making up mileage from yesterday.
Yesterday you were sick, but think that a two-a-day today will help so that you don’t miss any runs on your training plan. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. When you are sick, it is because your body needs the rest. It is breaking down for a reason. Give it the rest that it needs by taking some time off, and not trying to make those miles up. You will end up coming back much faster and stronger than if you would have tried to make up those miles.
6. You have a fever and feel that sweating it out is going to cure you
Fevers are tricky. I even try to justify sweating the sickness out. But this doesn’t really help. Your body needs to repair itself, and pushing yourself by exercising is not going to help. When your body repairs its muscles, it can’t get you better as quick as if you were to just relax. Embrace a little time off. It is good for you (even if you think it isn’t).
7. Your foot (or any body part for that matter) is bugging you a bit.
You know that you have to get your runs in this week you just want to test and see if running is really the cause of your aches and pains. I don’t recommend it. What if you injure yourself on your easy 5 mile run, when taking a few days off could have made the ailment go away. One of my friends here in Tampa had to take off an entire week during her marathon training – a whole week!! She was pretty hesitant to do so, but healed up just fine. She came back stronger than ever, and I know she is glad she did.
8. You feel like you are on the verge of burnout
If you actually feel like you are on the verge of burnout, then you probably are. Sometimes, your body just needs a rest, and it is important to be able to recognize these times. Just know that an unscheduled day off here or there is not always a bad thing. Or substituting a yoga class for that easy run could be very beneficial – good for the body and the mind.
9. You think this last workout the week before a marathon is going to help you run faster during the race
It takes 3 weeks to see results of a workout. Yep, 3 whole weeks!! You taper for a reason. Your body has been put under a lot of stress for those past 3-4 months of intense training, and you need to rest before you rock your marathon (or whatever distance you are doing). Just know that any fast workouts that you do the last week before a race will only hurt you, rather than help you.
10. You haven’t been getting enough sleep
It is so important to be well rested for many reasons – getting good runs in is one of them. If I do not get my 7-8 hours of sleep a night, my body is off. I can not perform well, and my body craves the shut-eye. There are some mornings when I know an extra hour of sleep beats out the run. Switching a run from the morning to the evening isn’t always a bad thing – and yes, I understand this goes against #1. But hey, sometimes you just need to sleep!