Last night, I had every intention of doing a normally-paced run but, a few minutes into it, I got bored and decided to go for high-intensity intervals instead. Let me start out by saying that I hadn’t done these in a while. To cut to the chase, I let my mind write a check that my behind was quite prepared to cash.
In the latter stages of my 9 sets of sprinting intervals, I was sucking wind but, I did finish.
However, by the time I laid down for bed, my glutes and lower back were feeling it. Fortunately, I didn’t overdo it and after a little yoga tonight, I should be in good shape. The good thing is that I know that some pain is just natural. If you’re working muscles that haven’t seen much work in a while, you’re going to feel it. For me, it’s a good indicator of what I’ve not been addressing.
It’s easy to let pain deter you from maintaining an exercise regimen. No one likes being in pain. But, there is a silver lining to all this, if you stay consistent and exercise using proper form, your attitude and perception of the pain you feel will change. You’ll begin to know what type of pain you should and shouldn’t be experiencing and learn how to use pain to measure areas for improvement.
I am only speaking from personal experience here so, I would urge anyone reading this to discuss pain concerns with qualified professionals. But, from what I understand, there is the pain that is just the typical post-workout soreness versus the I-can’t-get-out-of-bed/I-am-walking-with-a-limp pain. If you are feeling the latter, you’re definitely doing something wrong and need to adjust.
When you are (re)starting the road back to health, it’s not comfortable. Don’t let a little pain stop you from reaching your potential.