Happy December and Happy Monday all.
To think that 2013 is wrapping up in less than a month blows my mind. It has been such an amazing year, and when I think to how much has happened or changed since January, I go into a bit of a shock.
BUT, now that it is December, I have decided that I want to take a more relaxed perspective on my own health and well being.
I AM A Runner
For the past 20+ days, I have been on a “running streak.” I have trained my body to push through challenges in a way that running had never pushed me before. Miles were TOUGH in the beginning, I was running on lead legs everyday but knew that I wanted to push.
Well — to my surprise, miles got easier. My legs adjusted to back-t0-back (to back, to back) days of running, and were even able to push harder than I ever expected. It was exciting and new.
Last week, I started feeling extremely exhausted and even a little sick. But I pushed through Thanksgiving. I Actually ended up having my biggest mileage week to date.
I was also ignoring the fact that I wasn’t feeling well, constantly exhausted, nauseous often, and just run down in general. While my legs were still feeling OK (my speed was drastically dropping), my body was tired.
So today, after a double run day yesterday (had to go out in style) I decided that I am holding myself to a break of two days. Two days away from running, getting lots of rest, drinking lots of water, eating lots of protein, and recovering. I plan on squeezing in some yoga (and sit ups, already did some of those this morning) to help boost recovery…but I want that to be IT.
I have had some crap stuck in my throat for the past week, and I am hoping that a mini break will help give that time to clear out and move on. I am hoping that it re-sets my passion for running, and that it reboots my immune system.
This is definitely not natural for me, and I recognize that it WONT be natural for me to take 2 days. BUT I know after 2 days my body and mind are going to be healthy, happy and ready to reboot running.
And that, my friends, is how I am starting the last month of 2013. I couldn’t feel better about it.
Come back later this afternoon for my first Giveaway 🙂
Question of the Morning: Have you ever pushed beyond your limit? Have you ever taken a break?