Here we are on the eve of the Diva Half Marathon in Peachtree City, GA and I'm not running. Remember back in My Lifestyle Change Is Changing My Life how excited I was to be running my first half marathon?
a wash and I guess I should explain what happened. Well it's
I lie to you not, the weekend after I announced that I would be running the race I knew it was not going to happen. All throughout my workout recaps and Instagram updates, I was talking about the pain. The pain from:
from breaking in a new pair of sneakers blisters hamstrings tight hips stiff back pain lower pain sciatica this mysterious roaming pain that I have been experiencing which is becoming more pronounced. and
Apart from the last type of pain it was all pretty typical stuff for a runner, right? I read somewhere that around the sixth week of half
training your body will settle down with the training. So I just focused and continued the training plan which included strength training, yoga and thrice weekly runs. 'Tough it out', I told myself. I searched for solutions because now the pain was becoming so intense that sitting, standing and lying down were becoming problematic, but I kept running. mary
After enough days on the couch in pain and nights without
sleep, I decided to see a chiropractor. It was a desperate move, but I need to do something. I was leaving for my vacation the next day and I could barely move. How was I going to sit on the plane and manage my toddler?
vacation, I was determined to stay focused on my training. I was prepared to care for myself as evidenced in "What's In My Vacation Gym Bag". However, as you could imagine, each run in Bermuda got worse and worse. My pace slowed and I began walking more to compensate the pain, but I was determined to cover the distance the best way I could. Then one Monday morning I set out to do my nine mile long . I ran most of the way ever so slowly. Around the 5th mile I was feeling like I was done, but I had some mints and water and made it back home while running intervals. After I reached the house my body must have said that is it! I was tired which was to be expected, but even by early afternoon I still was not able to recover. Then came the heavy swelling, tingling, numbness with pain in my entire lower body. Every joint and muscle was on fire and the ultimate happened. I was unable to pick up or care for my toddler. I contacted my Hubbs in tears and frightened. He is a medical professional and I followed his for advice to the letter. After a few days I was able to resume my daily tasks. Even throughout my awesome adventure "Paddle Boarding In Paradise" I was wincing in pain every step of the way. run
I was heartbroken about not running and everyday I wrestle in my mind about it. That visit to the chiropractor helped me to realize just how far down the rabbit hole of pain I had traveled. So it is with sad regret and a lump in my throat
that I won’t be running the Diva this year but keeping it positive I did get a few really good takeaways from this experience.
- Every time I decided to go running I knew there would be extreme pain and I would go anyway. I have developed a mental toughness that I have never had at any other point in my life.
- I need to learn to trust my body now. It was telling me the entire time to
stop, butI was fearful of falling into old, lazy and sedentary habits.
It has been about three weeks since I stopped running and I’m not feeling 100% but pretty good. I visited the chiropractor again today and got a good report. My back is doing better and in two more days I will be cleared to
no not run, lol, but cleared to pick back up my yoga practice. ...
In your health and fitness pursuits do you push yourself unreasonably past balance?
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