I feel like a truck ran me over. Yesterdays long run was 7 miles and it did have hills but none that I haven’t run over a hundred times since I’ve started running. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a long run. After long run however, I pulled weeds and gardened and mulched for 6.5 hours. Yep that’s what did this to me. I am stiff everywhere and my knees are pretty much flipping me off. I can’t kneel much because it hurts so badly. I’m not cripple and I don’t have arthritis I don’t think but being on my knees is super painful to me. Maybe I have extra nerves there or something, I’m not sure. All I know is that when I have to kneel it hurts. I gardened after my run yesterday which meant 6.5 hours on my knees. Thank God a lot of it could be in the grass and I actually did wear knee pads while I was on the tar along the driveway. Up and down and pulling weeds and reluctant grass roots and hoofing bags of mulch all played a role in how I am feeling now. When I was 20 I wouldn’t really be this achy but I’m 48 and my parts are just easier to tire out. It’s good for me to feel tired, it means I worked hard and I like that. So, today I creaked out of bed at 8 because we have the day off. We went to the drive in last night and didn’t get home until 2 so I was tired after a day of big activity. I contemplated not going out for a run but I got a nudge from my husband who probably knew I would be sorry if I didn’t run today. He reminded me that the rain was coming and my opportunity to run if I wanted was a tiny little window RIGHT NOW. What the hell, I’ll just do 3 I thought and then I’ll be happy and done for the day. So I did and I’m glad I did because I did some extra stretching to wake up my sleepy body and stretch out all my aches that were trying to convince me that I should not go out there today. I ran slower and I feel much looser now than before I left. Running will do that for you, you just have to see the upside and the outcome over the obstacle that you have to get past. Just another reason why I love running!