It’s good to be sore

Photo courtesy of sanchom (Creative Commons)

Photo courtesy of sanchom (Creative Commons)

Sore is good.

As I travel on this journey to the marathon, I am continually amazed at how my body reacts to the different ways I am training.

Before I started training 9 weeks ago (can it really be that long already?) I was running the same route, same distance every day and then a longer run on Saturdays. I rarely got sore, I didn’t feel like I was struggling, except maybe on the Saturday runs.

Then the training started, and I have a new schedule, including a day in the gym doing strength training, a cross training day and a rest day. Since I pulled a hamstring 2 weeks ago, the cross training has become my training.

I’m still pushing myself, but it’s hard to gauge without the mileage to compare – I spend the time on the elliptical and increase the level. I’ve had to modify some of the strength training to compensate for my leg. And as I heal, I’m starting to run and walk again on the treadmill.

And I am so sore.

Yes, I’m not even sure what part of my training this week did it, but for three days, I’ve been sore – starting with my upper body, and now my legs (I suspect it was the squats). As strange as this may sound, I like to be sore, because it sends me the message that I did something good, and worked a muscle group that had not been worked hard enough before. And it signals to me that I’m getting stronger.

My hope is that I can get back to running this week without pain, and get back on track for this race. This week represents the halfway mark in my training, so I need to be running again.

And my lesson for the week? It’s to embrace change. I’m a creature of habit, and love things routine – so changing the type and time of my workouts keeps me off balance. Sometimes off balance is good, just like sore can be good.

I am running in the Country Music Marathon on April 27 with Team First Pres Franklin and Team World Vision to raise money for clean water in Haiti. Please consider supporting my efforts. Click here to donate. Thank you for your prayers and support.