For those following along, I did my first kettlebell workout yesterday. It was pretty tough; tougher than I thought it was going to be. That resulted in me having some soreness in my muscles. Which muscles? All of them! Even my neck muscles under my chin! I wasn’t sure how this would effect my run. I expected it would slow me down, and since my last run was relatively slow as compared to previous runs, I decided I’d at least push through the soreness.
I started with 90 push ups. My arms and back (and shoulders) were all sore from the kettlebell routine, so I stopped at 90 push ups. This felt like a victory, all things considered. Then, I hit the sidewalk. Immediately, my legs felt sore, but I figured I’d just push through the soreness and run as best I could. As I read my first mile pace, I was surprised: sub-9/mile. My second mile? Same thing. My third mile was just a hair over 9 min/mile, but I was okay with this. My legs were burning throughout the entire run, and I was able to keep pushing, to continue a decent pace.
I am happy with my average pace considering I had to work through so much discomfort. I am still undecided if I will do another round of kettlebell tomorrow. I guess I’ll wait and see how I feel, but so far, I’m leaning towards a rest day to allow my legs to heal a bit. Even though kettlebell isn’t as demanding on my legs as running is, they feel utterly spent. I don’t want to push to failure. I’ve been doing a good job of living without muscle pain or burn for the past 10 months. There’s no need to introduce that into my life now.