This was me this morning.
It's hard to hit that perfect sweet spot of tired, when it comes to working out. I planned to work out since I was off work, but toyed with being a slug all day because I felt used up happy, but by afternoon I wanted to go the gym.
I enjoyed my morning vegetating watching 19 Kids and Counting, reading blogs, and eating...
|I could have picked something healthier but I didn't want to|
|Tweek the toothless wonder came to snuggle with me|
My plan was an upper body work out. However, toward the end of my treadmill warm up I noticed the girls cleaning. They were closing an hour earlier than I expected...maybe I should have read the sign...so I did twenty minutes of stretching and headed home. Not quite the work out I wanted, but I did get an easy pace 35 minute run in and my legs felt surprisingly great. I need my nagging calf issue to be gone.
Here's my own personal scale:
Used up is good - the right amount of soreness in my muscles, a happy fatigue.
Tight is on the edge - muscles feel strained, or usually there's a particular spot that is for sure irritated and on the edge of pain. When my left calf hurt the past few weeks, it ached even during casual activity, but would come and go. If I had to scale it 1-10, tight would be 3 or under for me. I usually try some rest, alternative activity, stretching, and ice.
Pain - anything over a 3, or anything that is an absolute constant throb, tug, etc...If I feel I am at a 4 or 5 but not constant, I still try ice, ibuprofen, etc....
Constant pain or anything 6 or above will usually result in the a trip to the doc...eventually.
Are your rest days always planned? or just happen when you've worked enough? Don't you love hitting the sweet spot?