Wednesday, April 20, 2011
EricG's Running Tips #16 Drinking Until You Puke
Ever been on a run and your body starts pushing back? First, just a little twinge. You notice it, but no big deal. You have after all trained yourself to fight through all pain. Nothing can stop you. Then after a couple more miles the twinge has turned to pain. But its only pain, and as Patrick Swayze said in every one's favorite movie, "Pain don't hurt". So onward it is. As you continue to push through the pain you start thinking about all the other little things that have been bothering you; tired legs, sore ankle, tight calf's, shoulder irritation and toe pain. By the time you get through the list in your mind your body has had enough. The pain spreads as your body begins to fight back. It screams "No more shots please!". Now forced to walk as our body is puking from all you put it through you come to the realization it may simply be time to rest.
I think my body is begging for a rest, and I am going to listen to it. The emptiness of not running will certainly be more painful than the physical pains of running. However, I am hopeful my body will reward this decision with a fun and relatively pain free Bear Mountain.
Remember, no one know your body better than you. If you feel nauseous, it may be time to stop drinking:) Peace