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Getting up this morning was challenge! I was laying in my cold, dark room when I started to do the old "bargaining" switch — you know, "Five more minutes of sleep and I’ll skip my shower." But then I decided to give myself a good reason to get up — PANCAKES — and sprung to life!
The famously deliciously Hodgson’s Mills InstaBake pancakes.
Plus, syrup and fruit (a banana and strawberries).
Running Hiatus Day 5 Round-Up
I’m officially on Day 5 of the Running Hiatus. My knees have hurt so much since the Trail Race that is wasn’t very hard to "stop" myself from running — I literally could barely walk up the stairs!
However, I’ve still felt very lazy all week — except for some at-home strength training sessions, I’ve only worked out once in the last 5 days. It’s really difficult for me [mentally] to take time off. I feel grumpy, I feel like a loser, and I feel…. well, bad.
My poor attitude to the last five days got me thinking — why do I only think I’m successful when I’m pushing my body to it’s limit in terms of exercise? I think it’s because I’m a naturally hard-working person. At work, with cleaning, in relationships, with running — I don’t think I’m doing enough unless I’m doing it all.
This all or nothing attitude is very silly. After all, my knees pop, I can’t walk up the stairs without pain, I go to bed exhausted after a 10.0 mile training run…. Clearly, running 20 – 25 miles a week for three straight years is not good for me. This break is NECESSARY.
The body requires rest. The mind requires rest. Rest is not bad. A running hiatus is not a punishment. It’s my way of giving myself a metaphorical hug and saying, "You need a break. Let’s chill out." If I don’t accept this hiatus FULLY, my knees will never improve. I truly believe in the healing power of positive thinking.
I need to stop getting in my own way.
I totally understand the “all” or “nothing” mentality. I often find myself stuck, stuck, stuck there. Just try to be kind to yourself and do things in moderation.
You’ve probably thought of this, but maybe you should try to do some low impact exercises like swimming, I actually don’t even know if that would be great for your knees because of the kicking.. but it is merely an idea! Or maybe hot yoga? I’m sure you’ve already thought of your options so sorry if I’m being repetitive.
Today’s a new day, be kind to yourself.. I’ll try to let go of my “black” and “white” thinking, if you do 🙂