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Taking a Break

Thursday, March 14, 2013

After a lot of thought, pain, and a scolding by my fiance, I have come to a very difficult decision: I am going to take a break from running. My goals to complete a running program and run a 5k? On hold. I will continue to walk, do yoga, and light strength training, but aerobic exercise that causes sweating is off the table to an undetermined amount of time.

This was a really hard decision for me. I have been doing so well lately, and I don't want to stop. Momentum is what keeps me going, as motivation has always been my biggest stumbling block. Although I will continue to do something, I'm scared that I will not pick the hard cardio back up when I'm ready. I'm scared that it will be too hard when I start again.

But this is something I need to do. I have been struggling with an eczema outbreak since January. Although I have had mild outbreaks that clear up in two weeks before, they were so mild and only once a year; I didn't know they were eczema. This is the first that has really affected me. The first that won't clear up. The first that has taken over my arms and made me constantly stay covered up. I am doing all I can with what I have available, but it's not enough. I've ordered some new products, but they aren't here yet. Sweat can be a trigger and it is the only one I have control over.

I don't want to do this, but last night I realized I have to. I will keep up with SparkPeople, I will keep up tracking, I will keep up light fitness. I pray that my skin can heal and that I can soon be able to do the cardio I need again. If there is anyone out there who has eczema or who has had to take a break for awhile, I would appreciate any advice.
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    I'm sorry this has happened to you. I don't have any experience with eczema, so i don't have any advice either. Take care of yourself, and when the time is right, you'll be back. Good luck!

    Have you looked at the Spark Health article on eczema? It seems very informative.
    2231 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/15/2013 1:48:05 AM
    This is only a momentary season in your life. You will heal. You will get back into running as you are comfortable. Do you have a treadmill? I know it isnt the same. I'm sorry, I dont know much about eczema. I do get patches of it on my elbows and knees. My doctor gave me some cream for it and if I use it daily, it goes away pretty fast. emoticon
    2232 days ago
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