I violated my workout schedule and took a day off yesterday. For good reason of course. I didn't want to hurt my hip worse. And I felt pretty okay with that decision. But then today rolled around.
"What to do..." I pondered. My workout schedule said run, but I didn't want to overdo it. I was also pretty tired after work and had a mild headache. The couch was looking mighty fine.
On the other hand, I hadn't run since Sunday and my hip wasn't feeling too bad. Plus, I know that couch. It's like crack. If I take a hit today I'll be coming back for more tomorrow. So I laced up my shoes and headed for the door thinking, "I'll just take it easy today."
Now you should know something about me. I don't "take it easy." I can tell myself all day long that I'm going to back off or slow down, but when it comes down to it I'm going to push myself. And that's exactly what I did before a horrendous cramp unleashed its fury on my side.
At the time I was pretty peeved. I had to slow way down for quite awhile before I could kick it. But now that I've had a few minutes to reflect I think it might have been a blessing in disguise. I'll take a side cramp over a pulled muscle any day.