Time to Rest: Last Week’s UN-Workouts

My body has been hurting. Training for a marathon is no joke. Obviously I have been feeling some bumps and bruises along the way (like sore knees) but nothing that has made me stop completely. Well last week I basically stopped completely. Yup. I pinched my sciatic nerve, which was my body’s way of telling me: “Amy, slow down. Rest.” So that’s what I did.

I hated not following my marathon training plan but I had to step away and allow my body to recover. I don’t feel like I have overtrained and I think I have a great training plan but obviously when you get “injured” you doubt things: Should I have been stretching more? Taking more magnesium salt baths? Swimming? Resting?

I know that running is friggin hard on our bodies but obviously you need to prepare to run 26.2 miles. Am I unprepared? No, I don’t think so. I’m in good shape, mentally tough and have a solid amount of miles under my feet… and my marathon is still 34 days away. My main priority is crossing that finish line in one piece and a smile on my face. So I have had to adjust my plan:

I was in the pool all week to help my body recover. I do these super lame exercises with a noodle but they really help. Thankfully I have access to a community centre pool through my coaching – this was the first week I’ve used the membership but I’m definitely going to be more consistent. I did two light spinning classes and went to yoga (which I also want to be more consistent with). Plus lots of icing.

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I am feeling a lot better and head back to the doctor today to see how I am best tackling these next 34 days. I need to take care of my body by resting, eating well and further preparing by running, cross-training and mentally staying strong. I know that my body is my best indicator of what I should and shouldn’t be doing.

If you take anything away from this post, know that it’s okay to ditch a plan and take a break if that is what you need. I don’t remember the last time I haven’t been “in training” for something – basketball seasons, half-marathons and now 26.2 miles. That’s a lot of pressure and stress on my body. Be smart, focus on yourself and listen to your body. Don’t throw in the towel forever (unless you must) but allow yourself to recharge.

Have a great Monday!


Questions of the day…

Have you ever ditched a plan? How do you allow your body to rest and recover?


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33 thoughts on “Time to Rest: Last Week’s UN-Workouts

    1. Thanks so much Michele! I was actually going to email you during my “omg, I’m freaking out” phase but read a few of your blog posts instead :) thank you for the continued support and encouragement!

  1. Rest it up, girlie! I know that I’m always in sync with my body to make sure I’m not working out/lifting when I should be resting. I find it a bit funny how you can just feel the need for rest! You are still going to make the most of your 26.2, and this rest will only make you stronger! Much love to you — I’ll keep you in my thoughts so you healing a little faster.

  2. At least you’re listening to your body and not pushing ahead with the miles – that would probably be the worst thing for you. I don’t think it will affect your outcome of your marathon because you skipped a week- it might even be beneficial for you in the long run!

    1. Swimming is quite common and recommended for cross-training – I’ve blogged about it in the past. I do stationary “bicycles” in the water

  3. So happy you took the time to rest! You’ll come back this week and crush it. I’m going to start running again this week. My box is doing Murph tomorrow! If you don’t hear from me after it’s because I’m dead on the street somewhere. :)

  4. That’s so good you are listening to your body! I used to find it SO difficult to break from a workout plan even when my body was hurting–I thought it made me a quitter and that I just needed to “tough it out.” Now I see how ridiculous that is because the whole point of improving your body is to be healthier and that can’t be done if you are hurting your body! I’m so glad you can see that as well! :)

    1. There is definitely some “pain” that is okay to push through (like a tough workout) but definitely not to the point where it sacrifices your health! I am glad you have come to see the benefits of listening to your body too :)

  5. Yes, I have absolutely ditched a plan and forced myself to rest and recover…and I have to listen to my body. When I do…it always pays off!

  6. Wise decisions girl, good on you!! Way to listen to your body. I had to ditch 2 trainings this weekend as well as my body acted up with dizziness. No training is more important than our health!!

  7. Oh man, sciatic pain is a pain like no other. After years of pushing myself (too hard) I had a pinched sciatic nerve. I wasn’t able to walk for a month and it took six months before it stopped hurting everyday. But now a year later, I’m able to actually incorporate some more intense exercise! Woot! But it was truly the best thing that could have happened for me cause it broke my overtraining habits. Now I truly appreciate evey chance to move my body. Ill be praying for a quick recovery girly!

  8. I have my first half this Sunday, and am both excited for it and for it to be over. I’m guilty of not cross-training/recovering as much as I should have, and am definitely paying for it. Just crossing that finish line is my goal! Then a lot of R & R to reset my body from all this stress!

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