Tonight I ran six miles on the treadmill at around 9:00 pace. A recovery run for me as per the experts. I plan on running hard tomorrow and didn't want to put out too much tonight. But this post isn't about that workout.
It is about perspective and context. Today when I weighed myself, it showed a significant weight gain from last week. I knew that wasn't right and almost certainly the result of water retention and sodium. But even still, I was not pleased. But I also know that the weight will come down in a day or so. And over the weekend I was probably dehydrated so it was low to begin with. Lots of people say don't weigh yourself everyday precisely so that you don't get the result I got today -- a temporary increase. What is important is the long term trend and weekly weight movement.
And when I ran today, my heart rate was low. Last Tuesday I had my first run after six days off from sickness. I ran about same pace, and bam, my heart rate was off the charts for that pace. It concerned me honestly. I had to slow down, and even then my HR was high. Today, on the other hand, my heart rate was really low -- like 10% lower for same pace, same treadmill.
So, perspective on the good and bad. Don't put too much stock in daily variations and focus on the trends. Don't get too upset if one day is not the best -- it will all average out. Focus on the trend, and if it is good, be pleased with that.