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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

When Your Body Has Had Enough, You Need to Listen

We have made it to the last week of April, which means this is the final post for this stint of Workout Wednesday's. I hope you've enjoyed the posts over the past several weeks and that the tips, tricks, and workouts have challenged you and allowed you to become a better athlete. Before I sign off on Workout Wednesday for the spring I want to touch a little bit on the importance of recovery by sharing a story from my own fitness journey.

In our first post for the spring series, here, I talked about how I had gotten out of my fitness rut by incorporating the guided runs on the Nike Run Club App. These runs where I had an athlete or coach in my ears on the run really challenged me and helped me to prepare for what would be my biggest fitness undertaking to date- a 10k. I decided upon running my first 10k after I heard and read about Nike's Choose Go campaign and the different runs that were going to take place the weekend of April 20th. Several were 5k's, which I do every week, so I wanted a bigger test. Enter the LA 10k. While I was not going to by physically in Los Angeles for this event (sadly) I used it to hold myself accountable to completing that distance. For those who don't know a 10k is 6.2 miles; the farthest I've ever run in my life.

Fast forward to this past Sunday, and I was ready to take on the 10k. I had mapped out my route, planned my morning around completing this run, and was a little excited to take it on! I had run 4 miles and was approaching my 5th when I had a misstep on my route and hyper-extended my knee. Let me tell you, it hurt like hell. And here I am 1.5 miles from where I'm supposed to finish thinking how am I supposed to get back. I had to finish. There was no other way to get back to my car. I stretched, got my head together, and finished my personal race. But not without consequence. I was so sore when I got home and did not leave my couch for the rest of the day.

I consulted some experts, one of which was one of my best friends who is an athletic trainer. I was told to ice and STAY OFF MY LEGS. This meant no errands on Sunday afternoon, no recovery workout Monday and, if I was lucky, a bike ride on Tuesday. That went completely against my routine, but I knew I had to listen. When I pulled my IT band, also running, about a year ago I didn't listen to my body and could've really hurt myself if someone hadn't stopped me. As a result my progress was interrupted and I was limited to the stationary bike and very little weight training for about 2 weeks. I was so annoyed, but now I appreciate being told to stop. Because I was told to stop then, I know when to stop now. And 3 days later my knee is already recovering.

Don't worry friends, I'm not planning to hit the pavement this week. But now I know, if you're body is talking you need to listen. And this is the message I sign off with today. Know your body. Challenge yourself, but listen when it's telling you it has had enough. You only get one body. And it's your responsibility to take care of it!


Special thanks to @geezus.nephew for collaborating on this series.

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