Quick! It’s working! Go to www.powersox.com/coolmax and get your *free* pair of running socks (while supplies last – there are only 30,000 pairs available. One per address - so Ken had one sent to our house and I had one sent to my parents’ house. Bucking the system. My dad better not try them on. He’s got a nasty foot fungus. Yes, dad I’m talking to you).
Today I’m headed to the track for some intervals. Starting up those Yassos again. 1 mile warm up, 5 x 800 @3:30 with 400 rest intervals, 1 mile cool down. In the coming weeks I’ll work up to 10 x 800. Egads!
I’m not going to lie. Last week was a challenge for me. I expected to lose several days due to the gum surgery. In total, I didn't run for four days, which felt like an eternity. What I didn’t expect was to have residual pain and fatigue almost a a week later. I demand a lot from my body. Not just to stick with me for 16 weeks as I train for a marathon or to carry me successfully through 26.2 miles of a race, but to not get sick, to feel energetic, to remain uninjured, and to not bother me with aches and pains. Basically, I’m asking for it not to complain or to let me down. An impossibility, I know.
In fact, I should know better. I’ve had my share of health issues. While I had two healthy pregnancies, I also had two miscarriages between those pregnancies. I had a near diagnosis of cervical cancer, but with a cone biopsy (LEEP) my doc was able to fortunately eliminate the bad cells after I gave birth to Emma. I had Toxic Shock Syndrome – that rare and dreaded tampon causing illness. I’ve struggled with G.I. issues for many years but have failed to ever get a valid diagnosis.
The bottom line is that we’ve all got physical issues to contend with. As we age, these physical ailments might increase. Rather than seeing the body as the enemy that is disappointing us, we should see it as our ally and work to build it up, to nourish it, to care for it.
Many of us runners are overachievers. This trait comes in handy when you want to be ultra productive. It keeps you motivated and on top of your game. The problem with being hard on yourself is that you never cut yourself a break. If you make a mistake at work you beat yourself up. If you miss a long run, it can knock you down mentally.
My 16 miler on Sunday was a challenge and while I like to end my runs on a strong note, I deteriorated pretty badly in the last three miles in this one. Rising temperatures, a strong headwind, throbbing gum pain, stomach cramps and overall fatigue left me feeling weak and wiped out by the end. Discouraging to say the least. Too much too soon maybe.
I don’t know the answer to slaying the perfectionist demons within ourselves, but what keeps surfacing is, “be kind to yourself.” Remember what is right about all that you are doing. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Daily Motivation at Ezinearticles suggests the following ways to be kind to yourself:
- Celebrate your accomplishments and any small successes you achieve this week.
- Don't overly dwell on your failure moments. We all have them. They make us grow stronger. Learn from them to increase your opportunities for success in the future.
- Carve out at least 10-15 minutes each day to spend on yourself--any way you choose. Put it on your calendar to ensure that it gets done.
- Make a cup of herbal or green tea and sit quietly thinking about the fun things you would like to do. Put these ideas on paper and take action.
- Get plenty of sleep (whatever amount is appropriate for you).
- Laugh a lot--especially if you have a hard time doing so.
- Start writing in a personal journal. Record as many positive thoughts, actions--whatsoever is lovely about you.
- Respect yourself. Refuse to berate, put-down or belittle yourself.
- Forgive yourself. Accept the fact that you are not perfect. Choose to move forward instead of remaining stuck in the past or replaying a mistake you made over and over again in your mind.
If you’ve got any more that work for you, list them here so others can benefit. And…have a great Monday (and I will too)!