Today was supposed to be a run day, but the niggle I picked up on Sunday is still there. Much as I wanted to get running this evening after work, I figured that it wasn’t worth risking it. I’d rather wait a few more days than take the chance of doing some real damage.
At the same time though, I didn’t want to set myself back before I’d even started, so I decided to do a session on the exercise bike instead. It was pretty much the same session as yesterday, using the C25K app, taking it easy on the ‘walk’ sections and pushing harder for the ‘run’ sections.
As with yesterday’s workout, it had no impact whatsoever on the calf strain and I felt pretty good when I’d finished. I even managed to get my heart rate a bit higher than yesterday, so that’s got to be a good sign.
According to my Training Peaks stats, even though the workout is improving my general fitness levels, it doesn’t have the same benefits as a run would have. So, going forward, the rule is that if I have to miss a run, I’ll do two sessions on the exercise bike instead to keep things ticking over.
How’s your training going? What do you do if you are unable to run? Do you skip the session or do something different instead? Please share your thoughts in the comments.