After my marathon, I had intended to take two weeks off of running and strenuous activity. The first week I was very successful and had no problem sleeping, resting, seeing friends and doing some yoga.
Week 2 was a different story.
I ran almost everyday that week, not because I thought I was gaining fitness or I “had to in order to eat,” but because I felt no pressure not to and every single day, a friend invited me to run.
Every. Single. Day.
As you might remember, when I am training hard, I don’t run with people as often. I follow my schedule and it works for me. I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing anything by doing so.
However, when I didn’t have a schedule and could do whatever I wanted, accepting those offers to run with people I never see was too tempting to pass up.
So I didn’t. I ran with them and I enjoyed every run.
Getting back into training, I had ups and downs, but I felt like I was getting fitter. I was doing workouts outside, taking care of my feet (or so I thought) and being careful enough with nutrition.
Well, when the summer winds down, my job picks back up. I was overtired from that, dehydrated all the time and not entirely sure what my shoe issues were.
By the time I fixed those shoe issues, I think the damage had been done. Bonking was the icing on the cake.
So, I swallowed my pride and stopped running.
Until it stopped hurting, I was off my feet in that way. To be honest, I probably would have healed faster if it weren’t for CTB but that is a rant for another day.
I rehydrated fully, slowed down and started back to work on the base.
I started to strength train.
I have mentioned before that my favorite YouTubers are Chelsea Lifts, Obese 2 Beast and Brian Turner. (Check them out, they are a hoot!) Brian and Chelsea are vegan and prove once again how effective this diet can be.
After a few days of just recouping, I went back to the drawing board. Why not use this time off to build up my body and make it more resilient? Now, I was not going for #GAINZ at all, but a deeper level of toughness.
Strength training is important for runners who aren’t injured and even more so for those that are.
Read about Kate Grace’s injury protocol from last year. It obviously works for Olympians.
I also was getting restless. As a future health coach, my specialty besides plant-based diets will be fitness. I think moving the body, in any way you can just makes you happier. When I don’t do that for a while, I get moodier.
I must point out here: my diet does not change whether I’m running 80 miles a week or zero. I try as hard as I can to fight those voices that tell me “I can’t eat because…”
This is so important to me and something I’ve taught myself. Being my own client, I have forced myself to believe that I am more than the miles, the blog posts, the food or the money. It’s a daily practice, but it’s worth it.
So yes, I took a couple weeks off. I figure this is making up for what I didn’t take off after the marathon. God has a way of getting you to do what He thinks is right.
This was right. I reintroduced myself to heavier weights. I reminded myself who I am without running. I still ate damn good food (even though I found out I am gluten intolerant haha lolzzzzzz) and still love myself.
This was the perfect few weeks to take off because it was busy at CTB, I started a new job at Blissful Eats and applied for one more. I worked on my creative projects, I read a damn book (!!!) and life is still pretty good.
Today, I am linking up with Meg for Week In Review.
How does your fitness regime change when you’re injured? How about when you’re busy?
The next time you’re unable to do your favorite thing, rather than get down on yourself, what can you do instead?