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