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Thursday, March 29, 2012

This week has been annoying. After my last long run, I knew that I had overtrained and had to do something to help my legs before my next one. My trainer suggested cutting out extraneous workouts and going easy in my Zumba classes. I wasn't happy about it, but I did it.
On Monday, my knee was still a little sore - not like I hurt it but from going down some really big hills on Saturday - so, I took it easy. I was supposed to have my Zumba class that night, so I wasn't worried about not getting my exercise. But, only one person showed up, so I ended up training her instead. She's learning to run, and I have to avoid excess running, so I did nothing. It bugged me. I went home and went to bed.
Tuesday, my trainer wanted me to take a rest day. I knew she was right. I needed it. My legs still felt tired and worn out. It's amazing how easy it is to overtrain. I am definitely learning a lot from my marathon training. Still, another rest day was not good for me mentally. I felt really anxious all day. I'm an endorphin junkie. I admit it. It was also a good day to take off because I had to have a minor surgery Tuesday morning, and my shoulder and abdomen were sore.
Yesterday, I had my first GOTR practice, and it was awesome. We didn't do a lot of running the first day, but the girls' energy was amazing. I am so excited to be involved. I couldn't do my usual lifting afterward because of my shoulder, so I flew home to get my son and bring him to literacy night at his school, after which I had my Zumba class. People actually showed up this time, so we had a normal class. I was happy to move again, but found that my arm still hurt when I tried to lift it. Using one arm totally threw me off, and I had a pretty bad night. I hate teaching when that happens, but you have to just keep going and get through it. Luckily, my Zumba ladies understood.
Today, I have yoga and Pilates, and I'm not sure how much I will be able to do with my arm and abdomen the way they are. My legs are feeling much better. Back to normal and ready to run. I'm frustrated but trying to stay positive. I'm lucky. I caught myself before I really got hurt, and I should be back to my normal self by next week. I should also be completely fueled up and ready to go this weekend, and I'm doing what I need to do to get through the marathon safely. It's so much work. I feel like I've never had to focus on my fitness so intently, and there are definitely days when I just want to go back to exercising without a specific goal. But, I know I'll be glad I did it when I cross the finish line, so I'm focusing on that.
One other positive is that I have been doing really well with my eating, so my weight has not gone up. I haven't lost any since I started training and don't expect to, but I also do not want to gain. It's all going away as soon as my marathon is over!!
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    Your body is the ultimate 'scale' and you need to listen to it - those 'rest days' are the worst. When you KNOW you could be working out, but you KNOW you shouldn't. I'm with you, and take it easy - better to rest now for 2 days, then to have to take 2 weeks off later.
    2182 days ago
    Although I am sorry you are in so much pain, I am thankful that you caught yourself overtraining. I know it's difficult to take it easy, but it's better than an injury. So, just do the best you can.

    2182 days ago
    I hope you're feeling better soon! It sounds like you're doing a great job of working around obstacles and giving your body the break it sometimes just needs. I know it sucks and it must be unbelievably frustrating, but as they say, this too shall pass! And it'll pass all the more quickly because you've been taking care of yourself. :) As always, I'm amazed by your fitness badassery...you're so awesome!!
    2182 days ago
    Sorry to hear of your frustrations! I hope you heal up quickly and can get back to things you love the most.

    Your dedication is inspiring!

    2182 days ago
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