It’s ok to slow down.
It’s ok to slow down, especially when you’re feeling off. Hormone shifts can do that. So can lack of sleep. Or maybe you just didn’t eat enough.
You don’t necessarily feel bad- just not great.
It’s ok to slow down. We’re runners and that tends to be hard. But it’s ok to slow down.
So today I made peace with the treadmill. I want to start logging more miles but I’m still feeling off. So slow and easy – very easy.
Slowing it down can be helpful. It helps you make sure you’re breathing. Gives you time to feel every inch of your body. Check in with yourself about how it’s really feeling. Allows you to focus on form. All of these things lead to being a stronger less injury prone runner.
So again I repeat : it’s ok to slow down
Don’t compare your slow. My slow may be different than your slow. That’s ok. Focus on your own slow. Also know that today’s slow may be different than tomorrow’s. Again that’s ok.
Want some ‘sciency’ reasons to run slow. Check out The Happy Runner by David and Megan Roche.