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My life beats me up.
All self inflicted, of course. As a fitness enthusiast, I love pushing my body to see how far it can go. As an adventure junkie, I’m always up for trying new things. Parkour, rock climbing, obstacle course racing, you name it. I’ve been incredibly lucky that in the last decade of “adventures, I’ve only managed to give myself two major injuries…a hernia (unavoidable), and a 2nd degree ligament tear in my ankle (I suppose leaping that fire was avoidable, but certainly not as fun). More frequently however, I’m left with bruises, cuts, scrapes, and sore muscles.
In theory, it is certainly possible for fitness enthusiasts and health seekers to avoid delayed onset muscle soreness (commonly referred to as “D.O.M.S.”) by programming their training to include slow, gradual increases in strength and endurance. In practice, however, it is hard for the most enthusiastic of us to do so.
And as one of those aforementioned enthusiasts, it’s rare for me to wake up on a Monday morning without some sort of soreness in my body from the previous weekends events. There is something strangely, and I’ll admit, sadistically satisfying about an incredibly sore body after a brutal workout or difficult race. It’s a reminder of what amazing challenges my body is able to overcome, the task my body is capable of achieving, and more so, a reminder of the fact that I have the ability to move my body (walk, run, lift, climb, etc.), something so many of us take for granted.
Plus, I won’t lie, it’s pretty hilarious to have your legs hurt so much you can barely climb stairs or sit down in a chair.
I’m certain there is a significant amount of scientific research behind the psychological connection between athletes and voluntary pain. And I’m certainly among the ranks of those that invite and enjoy the pain brought on by physical fitness…
…except when it keeps me up at night.
Sleep is also an imperative part of my training, as the body heals when at rest. There have been a number of instances, specifically after longer endurance races, where my body was absolutely exhausted, yet my legs and my brain wouldn’t shut down. Something about running non stop for 15+ hours makes your legs feel like they should STILL be running, despite the fact that you are laying in bed. Each toss and turn aches as my sore body reminds me of what we just did that day. Sleep comes fitfully, if at all. It’s times like these that I do reach for Advil® PM.. Advil® PM helps lessen the aches and pains, and helps me get the healing rest I need. Advil® PM is specially designed for nighttime pain, combining the pain relief of Advil® plus a non-habit forming sleep aid that helps me fall asleep, and more importantly, STAY asleep.
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Have you ever been so sore from running, training, or other physical activities that it kept you up at night? What did you do to help alleviate the pain and get some much needed rest?