I shared my bonking story on Monday and how it will help me become a better health coach. Today I want to share with you all the other things that happened as a result of the bonk.
This is full transparency and raw. I cannot sugarcoat this because the effects are real.
I do not need a lecture from anyone. I did not plan on doing this to myself. This was not a toughness challenge that I was trying. This was a mistake that I will not repeat ever again. Do not think this is what you should do to become a runner. The reason I share this is so you can avoid it.
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Yes, my bonk did that to me. I am wiped out you guys. I had signs of severe dehydration, that I still have some of today. My stomach still hurts when I eat. I poop 8 times a day and pee even more. My body is having a hard time hanging onto nutrients. I am mentally burned out too. I miss running, but my head hurts thinking about it just because my last experience laid me out. I thought it would be ok, then the night happened.
I couldn’t sleep. My stomach hurt so bad. I was so thirsty and was trying to drink everything. Water, coconut water, pop, juice, anything to just feel some relief. It was terrible.
My ankle is still sore. It needs rest. I have a big week of work coming up and so taking extra care of my body during this time means not taxing my ankle.
I have changed my nutrition and hydration plan to get out of this debt.
Right now I am at the point where high carbohydrate, dense foods taste really good and do not aggravate my stomach. Scones with peanut butter, banana sandwiches, oatmeal, beans. Nothing with peppers or weird vegetables. I can’t tolerate those things and just poop them out an hour later anyway. Dried fruit has been great. Banana ice cream and Oreos tasted wonderful for dinner on Sunday because I could get it down. Nothing is off limits if it doesn’t hurt to eat.
I’ve been drinking everything. Making sure to get sodium in with my fluids and making sure my drinks have sustenance. Water is refreshing, but coconut water is better. My electrolyte balance is whacked. It is taking me longer than one post workout breakfast to get it back. That’s ok, things take time and I understand.
I have modified my racing goals.
I put a lot of pressure on myself for this season. I quit the gym because “real runners” go outside. I built up my base more and stopped lifting the weights I used to (not crazy amounts but more than I do now). I traded the weights for miles and my cross training days for easy runs. The gym was good for the accountability. I would take days off because there was other stuff to do. I stopped doing that.
People who have been running longer than me may be able to do this, but I think the gym helped me see a balance that better worked for me.
On Sunday night, while I laid there in pain and my sweat, I thought about running. About how much I love it. About how I knew I would take some time off and how it was ok. I also thought about the passions that are growing in other parts of my life and how they make running a PR nice, but less a part of my identity.
I change the way I saw racing. I see it as fun, but not my life. Running is my life, my jot and what makes me excited to greet the day. Racing will never do that. Coming to that conclusion, I realized that if I PR in my next race, cool, but if not, so what?
Do I have to stop running? No.
Do I become less credible as a health coach? No.
I will be a good health coach because of my experience and my expertise. Not because I had a golden race or because I am fast. A health coach is someone who can relate to a client, find an outside perspective, encourage them and keep them accountable to their goals, while providing know,edge on living a healthy life.
I have those things and running did not give them to me. Running is my experience, but it’s not the reason I am a health coach. If I couldn’t run, I can still be a knowledgeable source of information to improve a clients life.
That is what it’s all about.
Coming back to the bonk, it sucks, but I have become my very own client. I am telling myself the things I would tell a person who went through this. I am reaching out for help, doing research and applying it.
I didn’t intend for my first client to be myself, but damn, what a lucky thing in the aftermath of a bonk!
When you have problems in your own life, does that affect your expertise?