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I’m wondering if my intense focus on work this week is what’s causing my leg heaviness when I run. Last week, all my runs had good energy leading me to believe I was heading in the right direction in terms of race readiness. Both Tuesday’s and Thursday’s runs were disappointing and uncomfortable. I blame this week’s work process because, in terms of activity, the past two weeks have been very different.
Last week I spent every day moving, with a couple of high mileage days walking in the city on top of my running. This week it’s been mostly conference calls and working on my laptop in my home office. It’s important that I do it, but it’s terrible in terms of movement. After a few days of tense muscles and not enough exercise, it’s no wonder that my legs feel this way.
This morning I took a mid morning break and used the treadmill (it was cold and rainy outside). Instead of running, I set the speed to 4 MPH and walked about 40 minutes. No stress and no sweat, but it was a good way to shake out my leg muscles without straining them. The day grew intense after that, so I’m glad I took the opportunity when I had it. I’m thinking of doing another 30 minutes as I wind down the work week. There’s a fine line between conditioning for fitness and honing the fitness that you have. I’m hoping that this taper strategy works for me on Sunday.