As you know, I’ve been training very hard for the Tough Mudder.
I’ve been in this weird kind of cycle where I feel guilty when I rest- even if it’s only one day a week!
To be honest, I RARELY take a day off from a workout, and I’m starting to pay for it.
On Monday I ran 10.2 miles to prove to myself that I could actually run the distance necessary to complete the race. After the 6 mile mark, I started getting pain in my leg where I had my injury years ago. All these “voices” and “red flags” started going off in my brain. I heard Keira (kettle bell trainer) saying, “if you train too hard you WILL injure yourself. You need to take a break to give your body time to recover… this is the only way your body can repair itself and get stronger… ” Did I stop running? ‘Course not.
Yesterday at the kettlebell gym I felt VERY tired- enough that Keira noticed. I’m not allowed to go back to the kettle bell gym until Monday. And still, I’m trying to figure out how to secretly get a workout in. Is it habit? Or, is it some kind of weird mental disorder? Why do I feel like I’m giving up on myself if I don’t run my body into the ground?
You never, EVER think that exercise can be unhealthy. It’s always been the way to GET healthy or STAY healthy. I mean, who exercises TOO MUCH?? unheard of, at least that’s what I thought! There’s a plethora of crap that goes on in your body when you overwork it… Read about “Female Athlete Triad” and “Adrenal Burnout,” sent by Keira-
Thankfully I have the fashion show to prepare for so that will keep me busy over the next few days. There IS a part of me that is screaming, “finally! Let’s enjoy REAL life for a few days!”
I am banking on the fact that I need this rest and will have the best workout of my life on Monday. I’ll let you know how it goes…
PS. Great… now all I want is a Kit Kat!!