>Re-evaluating…and it feels so good

>After the Stockadeathon on November 13th I was feeling things I never felt before. I had all sorts of aches and pains, my legs felt like lead and I was trying to fend off an impending cold. It was ONLY a 15K, I shouldn’t be feeling this way! So, I forced myself to back off of running for a few days. If pain is what I’m feeling my body is trying to tell me something – nurse the pain with chocolate chip cookies, obviously.

I hate taking time off but it got me thinking. What am I doing wrong? What can I do better? How can I make sure I don’t get injured? I realized it’s so important for me to stretch…A LOT, before and after I head out on the road. I’ve been doing that for the past few days and I really think it’s helping. The jury’s still out on whether it’s good or bad to stretch before a run but I think if it makes you feel better, listen to your body.

I am also coming to terms with telling myself that it’s ok to not have every race go as planned and it’s even more ok to go on a training run and have fun without any demands or restrictions. After a few days off, I decided I need to breakup with my Map My Run pacer. Yes, she’s helpful and her voice is so sweet but she’s GOT. TO. GO – at least for a little while. I listen to her more that I listen to my own body and that’s not good because I’d get bummed out when she wouldn’t tell me exactly what I wanted to hear (yes, I’m a typical woman). So for now, she’s in hiding although I continue to use the app to calculate my distance and time.

Reading all of your blogs has been so helpful and inspiring. I’ll have to admit, Haute Running Mama’s  November 15th post really put things into perspective for me, as did this picture she posted:

Source: Google

This is what it’s all about! As is this:

Completely satisfied with tearing apart the guest bed. She must’ve read this post and realized that listening to her body’s need to rest where humans do is of utmost importance.

5 thoughts on “>Re-evaluating…and it feels so good

  1. >first time i've stumbled onto your blog, I like it! You're right about the stretching, do what feels good. I personally stretch for 10-20 minutes every morning after a hot shower, it seems to help.
    If you really want to lose the mapmyrun pacer, try leaving all gadgets at home! You might be surprised at how good it feels!

  2. >My husband and I stretch before and after we run! I agree with listening to your body, something I'm coming to terms with myself. I'm finally starting to feel better and I have actually run recently so taking time off was probably the best thing I could have done.

  3. >Great post! I just came across your blog as well – love it!!
    I'm not a huge stretcher before runs – I like to stretch and warm up during the first mile. But, I find that when I don't stretch after, I get tight, crampy, and just don't feel "right" on my next run.
    And I totally agree – it's hard for me to tell myself that not every run is going to be a great run – you can't PR each time you step up to the start line! But, if you don't try, you'll never succeed =)

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