Healing

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It’s hard to fight the instinct to push.

It’s never easy slowing down when all you want to do is speed up.

When you give your heart and soul to something, it consumes you.

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We must learn though, that with every step forward comes rest.  To get better at something, our bodies need to be ready for it.  Without proper rest and recovery, we will never be our best.

I think that recovering from a marathon is like how my body feels after taking a red eye flight across the country and not being able too sleep.  It takes days to feel right again.

After my most recent marathon I was sore, as expected.  My legs didn’t feel right for a few days, and I slept like a rock.  I decided to run a two miler, four days later.  The resulting run was slow and tedious.  Another two days off led me to yesterdays run.  A two and a half miler, slow again, but a bit more natural feeling.  Ok, so let’s run again today.  Back to back days on the run.  Today I managed a 5k, and threw in a few hills.  Better.  Not whole yet, but better.  Getting there.

I’ve learned to take it slow.  I really don’t watch the Garmin, but I track my progress regardless.  Small steps forward, taking it slow.

There will be a time and place for that quickness, be patient.  A marathon is taxing, remember.

Ok, so these are notes to myself.  Sometimes I need reminding that a low mileage week is great for my body.  Taking days off is ok.  Chilling on the couch with my feet up isn’t being lazy, it’s being good to myself.

Self, relish in the accomplishment of another marathon, and heal to run another.

Rest.

Recover.

National Running Day

ImageToday is a day to celebrate!  To celebrate our own achievements, and the achievements of others.  It all has to start somewhere though, so I challenge all runners to inspire others in their search for fitness and health.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been stopped or given thumbs up from others, thanking me for inspiring them to get off the couch and walk or run.  I have run in my hilly neighborhood too many times to count, and obviously the neighbors notice.  Our actions, just through getting out on the pavement, do affect others.  We can inspire without even knowing it.  A quiet way, just our foot strikes, often times inspire others to lace up their shoes.  I love knowing that we, as a community of fitness freaks, can sometimes unknowingly, have an amazing impact on someone else’s life.  So, today, celebrate yourself with a run, and inspire others to join our awesome community.  We have a great opportunity not only today, but everyday to change the world, one run at a time.