Running Soreness is Real: My Running Diary

Last week I talked about upping your pace and the consequence is running soreness. Yes its legit and nothing to ignore! My running diary.


Diary of a Running Chick: June 6th, 2016

I fully enjoyed upping my pace this past week and am feeling the results. I needed to spice up my running routine and totally amazed myself when I just did it naturally. I guess that’s the funny thing about running, you build up your stamina without evening knowing it. I upped my pace dramatically, cutting eight minutes off my run time. I felt great doing it and now I’m feeling the running soreness. Essentially I was raising the intensity of my workout. The consequence is utter soreness.

Since I run so often, the soreness snuck up on me. After the first two days of upping my pace I felt great. I still felt amazing on day three when I ran by myself at my new pace. But after that third run I felt all the soreness. It was awesome! I had such an amazing energy after that run. I had pushed physically and mentally to hold myself to my pace, a toll that my body would then release. It was a celebration of my hard work. But I don’t get sore all at once. My thighs felt sore first. Then it crept throughout my entire body.

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Despite how my body felt, after three days of running at a higher pace I was compelled to extend my run and see what happened. The longer run was hard but just as much fun! I did not run as fast, but I ran much faster than I had the previous week. A full seven minutes faster. It felt great and of course the next day my body was even more sore. Again I pushed through the soreness and ran. Now I know many of you would have rested by now, but I like to plan out my rest days. I knew I needed two more runs before I could rest and I also wanted to push through the soreness. I wanted to use it as fuel, reminding me that I only did what my body asked for.


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My body was definitely craving a change of pace and that’s why it was so effortless to do it. All the soreness proved how much I needed it. My body wanted to switch it up. Now I just have to continue to let the soreness move through my body as I continue to hold my pace up! Sure, its tempting to rest for another day and give in. But I know I get even stronger by just embracing it and continuing on my path!

I’m accepting the consequences of upping my pace with open arms. I let my body heal itself over the weekend with a well deserved yoga class and some time in the hot tub. I still feel sore, but it’s the kind you get after working hard and I love that kind of soreness. It’s real, but you need to remind yourself that it’s a good soreness to run through. It’s making you stronger and that’s an amazing feeling!



Mandi Mellen is Lead Editor, Staff Writer, and Featured Vlogger at BuzzChomp. She’s an actress, writer, and producer. Get lost in her youtube comedy channel PillowTalk TV. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Instagram



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