Don't Quit Recover InsteadAug 03, 2021
Last blog entry we talked about getting back up and I shared with you the story of Tula the Great, my dog
She had her surgery last Wednesday , and she’s in recovery - and I thought what a great time to talk about recovery
The other day I was asked
Hey, are you still running? My answer, “ I just started again.
Are you still teaching group fitness, ‘No, I took a break in 2019 and never went back”
Then I felt the need to explain myself as I felt the need to explain the extra 10 that’s obviously gathered on my body since the last time we saw each other … HEY!! I didn’t quit exercising!! I didn’t “let myself go!!
In 2018, as I was training for my second marathon. I had signed up to run a 10 k as a training run and for some fun. It was on Mother’s day.
The sun was shining beautifully and the cause was for women . I had a small team from work with me, and many friends and acquaintances of mine were there.
I started out feeling pretty good, but by half way through my legs were lead.
Dang it, I thought, not again, not today. This had been happening alot on other runs, and sometimes even teaching my regular fitness classes. I took a big gulp of electrolytes hoping to ease the cramps.
Dang it, what am I doing wrong?
I must not have the mental toughness...come on Karen, suck it up.
I dismissed the day to a bad run - and I recorded an emotional post run message
As I continued to train for NYC, the lead legs got worse, I started struggling with dizziness, and after the loss of my dog, a hip injury, but instead of quitting, I found a way.
I went to physio, I modified my training and race plan, and I completed NYC Marathon upright & smiling.
The next day standing in the line up at JFK airport I felt like I was going to pass out. Dizziness and spins, but geesh I just ran a marathon, I’m recovering.After a short break we went home - back to busy.
At the time I was holding 4 jobs, Beauty Advisor, Fitness Instructor , CFO of our company and freelancing.
I started a season of letting go - I left my Beauty Advisor job, 4 months later I took a break from leading fitness, but I still kept my exercise as a daily practice.
I was gaining weight
My hormones were messed right up - again- for the 3rd time in my life and that was when
I finally went to the doctor - thinking they would do the things they did previously and I’d be on my way.
This time was different - I found out I was highly anemic
I won’t go on about what happened next - I will put the link to the blog I wrote about it below.
What I will tell you is that with patience, the proper recovery exercises and protocols, nutrition, and purpose driven activities my body is now healed.
Healed so that I am running again - as a beginner
I didn’t quit
Find a way to make it work in the season you are in - That is part of the recovery process
Developing this process and practicing it daily will bring more freedom and joy to your days! PLUS you will reach your targets faster than ever!
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