|I took this pic last Friday, heading out for some fun with friends, I love these jeans, they make me feel GOOD :) LOL|
Monday, August 8, 2011
Doing my best to listen....
Well my long run was shelved completely this weekend. The vice in my chest returned with a vengeance and I took TWO DAYS OFF. It was really hard to take those two days off (especially given that I had taken Monday off too), says the girl that was back running 2 days after 26 stitches, and ran with 2nd degree burns on her leg rubbing against her shorts, and runs through allergies and colds. I have had a no excuses kind of attitude on this running thing, afraid that if I stop and let the excuses take hold I won't get back on track. But I am also just as afraid of hurting myself and not making my dream of those 21km on Sept 18th come to fruition. So I listend to my body (ok really I was listening to my mother) and I rested. Not only did I rest, but I ate, I ate a little more than normal, and enjoyed a lovely dinner Sunday night. I also slept, I went to bed early and I napped. All this to say that when I awoke this morning I felt much improved and without any pain when breathing. I felt well enough to run. So this morning I hit the treadmill with the intention of putting in an hour, and going as slow as I needed to go. I went slow, I am pretty sure I would not have passed that turtle today, and I even stopped and walked a few times. I wasn't sick enough not to run but I wasn't comfortable by any means. But I did it. Sometimes, I do think we need to push through, its part of what makes us stronger. Once the run was over I felt fine. But I did exit the gym and walk straight across the hall to my Dr's office and book an appointment for Tuesday. I don't want to wait this out, if antibiotics or something are needed to get better quicker I am not waiting. So the point of my ramble this morning, is that despite my whining about my lack of running and feeling poorly I do have good news. I got on the scale this morning and I have maintained last weeks 5lb weight loss. I have lost 72lbs! Taking 3 days off last week, and even indulging a bit didn't send me packing on the pounds. Getting on the scale and seeing that made me breathe easier, I can relax, taking time off and listening to my body really is the right thing to do. I may be a slow learner but I am learning, wink.