Doomed to have DOMS

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness… an athlete’s enemy. I have been plagued by DOMS ever since Sunday, but I have walked, run, biked, stretched, and swam through the pain. I actually think that it has helped. On Monday I was pretty sore, but I did yoga in the morning, worked all day, and still managed to swim over 3000m at our coached swim session that night. However, I ended up with a headache at the end from my sore neck – a chriopractor appointment was made.

On Tuesday, I got up early and wanted to go for a run. I thought I’d take it easy since my hamstrings and glutes were pretty sore. Just a slow 5km run. It turned out to be THE SLOWEST 5km I’ve run in a while. My legs were so sore. It took me over 45 minutes to run the short route I had set out. It was brutal. Nonetheless, I had to go to work, where I walked almost the whole day. Most of the day was spent in pain, but by the end of the day I felt a lot better. My legs had loosened up and my back was feeling a bit looser.

I made my appointment with the chiropractor to be after work, so I had to sprint there on my bike to make it on time. He said that considering the amount and type of exercise I’m getting, my body is handling it very well. I give a lot of credit to doing yoga 3-4 times a week. I’ll have to tell him that next time. I’m basically going to have to go see him every 2 weeks for as long as I’m training the amount that I am. I’m pretty okay with that because it really seems to help my body recover faster and I have little to no back pain anymore. That is worth it in my books. My chiropractor and I have just had our 1-year anniversary. Happy Anniversary!

I ended up taking Tuesday night off because I was bagged, but I’ve been doing a lot of biking lately sprinting on my commuting rides so I don’t feel that bad. Today is Wednesday and I am taking it off. That’s right, another Wednesday off. I think I am going to play Wednesdays by ear. If I feel ambitious and well-rested, then I will do a workout, but if I’m just not feeling it, I’m not going to push myself. 5am is very early to wake up and it really does mess up my body for the rest of the day. However, it’s a whole day that I’m not sure I can afford to take off. From past experience, though, I know that rest is just as important as activity. In all aspects of life.

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