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Lesson learned the hard way.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I think I've finally learned my lesson and I'm going to listen to my body from now on. Recently I hurt my back, which sidelined my fitness for a while. Then I picked it back up going full steam ahead and pulled a muscle in my left calf and had to sit out even longer! Ugh!

I can see how it happened. I had been following a running program, but actually put it in writing in a running calendar that I keep on line at the beginning of February. My goals were reasonable and realistic, and just slightly higher than what I had been running. Once I put it on the calendar though, I immediately starting exceeding the time and calorie burn by 20-25% each session! I have no idea why. I think I had a really good run one night and then felt like I needed to keep up with that every time. Then I started an aggressive strength training program and specifically targeted my back for part of it.

Disaster! And before the injuries I was starting to feel burned out again and tired of hurting all the time.

Now I'm refreshed, energized, and easing into it all again. Now my number one goal is to actually follow my goals and increase them slowly. After about a week and a half of being back, I'm feeling so good and strong, and I look forward to each workout. This is the way it's supposed to be!
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TEENY_BIKINI 5/24/2012 4:16PM

    Smart lady.

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DMF2012 4/28/2012 8:50AM

    Sounds like a great plan! Glad you're feeling better.

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LITTLEBO 4/27/2012 1:33PM

    You did a great job of reassessing what is best for you now!

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ARUNNINGKAT 4/26/2012 8:29PM

    Glad you are feeling better now!

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BEYOURBEST1 4/26/2012 7:30PM

    I am glad you are feeling better.
Sometimes we are our own worst competition... It's hard to be a perfectionist, and it's hard to know when to stop. Our bodies do know, and we get into trouble when we don't listen to what they say.
Take care of yourself and be careful as you go back to your exercise routine.

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