On listening to your body, and other ramblings

As you can imagine, my body is still in recovery mode from the half marathon shock my system took over the weekend.

Of course – totally worth it, to wear the badge of “half marathoner” proudly. I view it as an honor and a priviledge and I’m still beaming over it.

My body, however, notsomuch.

Everything hurts. Still.

Albeit I am in far less pain than I was on Sunday, one day after the race, or Monday, two days in. But I’m still not 100% on the DOMS recovery scale, or on the energy levels scale.

I guess it didn’t dawn on me that this half would be such a shock to my system – maybe it was that kick at the last mile that did it, who knows – all I know is that I’ve had to listen to my body in a big way this week.

Which is hard for me because I’m about to go on a TEN day vacation to San Fran and wine country (more on this later, promise) where my routine is bound to be totally disrupted.

But – I’m taking a cue from what my body is telling me, post-half: I need to recover. Like whoa.

So the majority of this week will involve some weight training, but very little cardio – until at least Thursday. It’s so weird – I’ve been known to be a total cardio addict but the sheer thought of cardio right now makes me want to cry, no lie.

Instead of freaking out that my “routine” has already been disrupted and I haven’t even left for vacation yet, I’m listening to my body. I’m taking cues from Tina’s “gifts of my body” message as part of the 30 DSL series and I’m embracing my body for what it is and what it’s done: I’m a half marathoner because of the strength, endurance and stamina I’ve built up. Why risk an injury “just” to get back to “routine” so soon after such a major accomplishment?

Instead of fearing the “rest” days, I’m embracing them.

Yep, you heard that right. ME. Embracing rest days. More than one in a week, too.

Who is this person you ask??

This is me, listening to my body, in a big way. Embracing balance, something I firmly and totally believe in, despite my love of a good sweat. 😉

Not gonna lie, this extended vacation couldn’t come at a better time. Yes, I still plan to fit in some workouts while I’m away but I’m going to do my best to NOT schedule them, and instead, go with the flow. If I can fit in a run on Thursday, the first morning we’re in SF, awesome. If not, that’s ok, too. If I fit in a run with Naomi on Friday in SF, how awesome would that be? Totes. But if it doesn’t work out, that’s ok too.

It’s time to give my body a break.

Because Lord knows when I get back from this trip I’ll have surely come up with a new challenge now that the half marathon is behind me. 😉


Side note – please, please, please continue to pray for my sister Jen, and Isabel. Jen is still battling a fierce infection – and damn, she is so strong, and is pulling through like a champ. She’s not out of the woods yet, but I KNOW it’s just a matter of time, and what’s more? I KNOW she’s gaining strength all from her love of Isabel – that love that only a mother and daughter can share. That instantaneous bond that they have, that I can already sense, is unreal and I am so thankful that she has her to help her through this. And that she has the love of her family, friends and her faith in God pulling her through. I just pray that this ends for her soon, and thank you all so much for sending your thoughts, prayers, vibes, whatever, her way.

7 thoughts on “On listening to your body, and other ramblings

  1. Good girl. Very proud of you for listening to your body. Try a nice long Epsom salt bath. That almost always helps me (glass of wine doesn’t hurt either). I was just thinking last night after my run (when my hams were seizing up on me) that maybe it’s time for a break too. I really cannot remember the last time I took more than 1 day off in a row. And I’ve worked out that way for so many years I can’t even remember a time when I didn’t. I think this vacation is perfect timing for you in so many ways.

    Your sister is definitely on my mind.

    • Thanks lady, I know you know how hard it is to stop being stubborn and start listening to your body when its screaming at you like that. Ha. If I were a betting woman, I’d say it sure sounds like you could use those listening skills and take more than one day off, and even two days off in a row and it would do you a world of good, too! It sure is hard to shake off routine, when you’ve done it for so long, huh? But it’s that thing called balance we talk about all the time, right? 🙂

      And thank you for thinking of my sister, means a lot!!

  2. Yes I have tried to listen to my body too and I think this vacation will actually be good. Get us back on our feet, a little relaxed and un-routine-d and then we can get back at it with a vengeance 🙂

  3. Listen hard to that body of yours! Enjoy your vacation, and get some good long walks in through wine country. Find hills, valleys, and mountains my friend. But first and foremost have a glass of wine for me! HA 🙂

  4. YES, listen to your body! I can remember feeling SO tired after a 1/2 marathon. It’s very normal for many people to take a week off completely from workouts after a race like that. Take your time getting back into it. Perfect timing for a vacation!! Enjoy it!! 🙂

    Praying for your sister still. I can’t even imagine. 😦 I hope she recovers soon.

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  6. its so hard to listen to your body when your mind tells you to KEEP going. Very powerful! Way to go, a great encouragement for us all! Prayers are with your sister.

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