Thinking Out Loud: Running Can Change Instantly, What To Do When…

It’s amazing how you can go from rocking 7:30 minute miles for 10 miles then barely struggle to hold right under 8 minute miles for half the mileage and need to stop a few times just to breathe!! Yeah. That happened today. I was absolutely not in it to win it. My breathing was labored, my heart rate was rising too quickly, and my mind was exhausted. These are all signs of over-training well…or a bad case of PMS. TMI? eh. whatever. It’s my blog and I’m just that real.

rough. rough. rough.

Sometimes your body has other plans. Don’t let this discourage you. It’s important that you learn to know your body’s limits.

Even though I felt like my body was rebelling against me it really was simply reminding me to mind the little things. As a personal trainer I feel strongly about preaching this and I must practice what I preach. So I took my sweaty mess self home and re-evaluated my game plan for the day. I opted for the yoga mat.

Too much sweat.

There is a time for every thing. Including endurance work. But for now my body needs to build strength and stability. And it also is in desperate need of good hydration. I’ve been pouring out a ton of sweat lately and not making hydrating a priority. Partly due to my current pharmacy career and partly due to my excess amount of coffee…

So what do you do when: your body rebels on you on the run?
  • Go home and take care of your body. Don’t punish it and don’t beat yourself up. Sometimes I think we #WorkingClassAthletes push ourselves beyond what our bodies can honestly handle. And I don’t think we are always honest with ourselves…I found THIS short yet precise article about why exercise might not make you healthier.
  • Try yoga and mediation. Calm your mind and body. It’s time to get in touch with your inner core.
  • Work on light flow flexibility/stability exercises. I have one leg that is longer than the other so I’m constantly battling my right knee’s little twinges. By minding the little things, like hip strengthening exercises, I’ve been able to keep myself injury free for the three years I’ve been running. But lately I’ve just felt this ridiculous need to keep pushing. I’m not sure why, the only pressure I have is completely self-induced. And it is absolutely maddening. My main priority is remaining injury free so I can continue to run until I’m 99 years old. Lord willing.
  • Focus on good nutrition and hydration. I’ve been horrible thus far downing too much coffee (trying to remain superwoman) and not near enough h2o. That’s a recipe for a super woman crash.
  • Focus on other things in life that require your attention. Plan out date nights, play dates with the kid if you have those tiny human beings, clean the house (ew. just kidding), try your thumb at gardening, meet up with friends you haven’t seen in a while. Part of being “fit” is also being mentally fit. If you’re constantly running yourself into the ground you’ve lost the true meaning of what it means to be “fit”. I’m preaching to the choir here.
  • Write out future plans. Sometimes you just can not let go of training. So instead of hard core training at the moment write your future plans out. Keep your eye on the long-term goal. Mine would be to eventually qualify for Boston which entails keeping my body healthy and strong, which also means don’t overdo it when it’s not yet time to push it hard.

marathon training plan #5 in progress. I’ve been working out my chicken scratch method for a few weeks now…

How do you deal when you feel like your body is rebelling? Are you good at minding the “little things” like boring stability exercises? Or do you, like me, have this unfortunate “urge” to be on the run constantly? Are you good at staying hydrated daily?

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

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13 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud: Running Can Change Instantly, What To Do When…

  1. I’m impressed that you’ve managed to stay injury-free for three years. That is quite a feat. I recently had to take time off to rehab a hip injury and have incorporated hip/glute strengthening exercises into my daily routine. I’d love to hear a little more about what kinds of hip strengthening exercises you do, and any other tips you have for staying hip- and knee-healthy!

  2. I really try to drink as much water as possible. I think I’m always borderline dehydrated, mainly because I just don’t think about needing water. It has been one of my goals over the last few weeks to stop drinking soda and get more water into my daily life. Hopefully I keep going with it! And I am totally all about doing #allthethings when it comes to working out. Especially during marathon training I find myself getting overly concerned with paces. But when I’m not training and I’m having a bad run I just go with it. Usually hide my garmin in my pocket and plug on. Hope you have a fantastic day! : )

    • Hide my Garmin…**gasp** so. Hard. To. Do. Lol but some of my most enjoyable runs have been when I left it at home.. I keep telling myself no pressure this summer! Soda will dehydrate you like coffee. I was a diet coke junkie. Now I’m reformed and a coffee junkie lol

  3. I’ve learned to enjoy core work, but I’d always rather be running!
    Every summer I have a few runs that are terrible…can’t breathe and I’m so slow. I just gives self a lot of grace, slow down, and finish the distance.

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