Give me a break

I didn’t have a particularly good workout this morning. I ran only a mile and a half but my legs hurt and I felt like my heart was working way harder than it should’ve been. I think I’m dehydrated, but I also think I might be having a problem with my workout schedule (run MWF, weights TTh). When I started this running thing, I was running TThSa and the other days I didn’t exercise at all; when I joined the gym it became easy to go 5 days a week, but I generally took a day off during the week. That day off has vanished now, and as I work out more my legs complain more. I really thought it would be the other way around, that my legs would adjust as I worked them more but my calves have never really adapted to the beating. (Of course, it doesn’t help that I am lazy about post-workout recovery like stretching…) So anyway, I think I need to build more downtime in and give my calves more of a chance to heal between runs. (I also suspect that my shoes are contributing! I hate to add my silver sneakers to my work-wear but if it helps, I’ll do it.)

A good friend of mine has been working with her doctor (she has PCOS and high blood sugar, and she and her husband will be ‘trying’ soon) and they decided she needs to lose weight through dieting and exercise. I’m struggling with how to be supportive as she asks for dieting tips and gets junk advice like “Do Atkins! It really works!” On the other hand, I’m really excited that she’s making time for activity in her daily routine. But mostly I just want to encourage her to be gentle and kind to herself, and to give herself space to make mistakes and forgive her body as she makes this journey. Has anyone else out there been in this position? I could use some advice on how to best be supportive.

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