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.
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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