Listen to your body…
How many times have I heard that over the past few weeks!
Yesterday I was at my Chiropractor and I was glad to be there. The track run the day before was horrendous on my body. My good hip hurt so much that it was hard to walk. I got up in the middle of the night and limped to the bathroom. Work wasn’t much better.
After my last few blog posts there seemed to be a theme from the comments and that theme was, “Listen to your body”.
As I was waiting for the Chiropractor to come into the room, I had made up my mind I was going to run after the appointment. Yes I had been in pain and I was tired, but it was to be an easy run and only 5 miles. I could do this… But in the back of my mind were the “what ifs”. What if I run and my hip gets worse? What if I hurt myself and can’t run the marathon? All those miles and all the pain would be for nothing. Then came the other “what ifs”. What if I don’t run and that would have been “the” best run? What if I don’t run and in some small way it affects my marathon? It is only 5 miles after all, I can do that much. Finally, if I ran all my planned runs this week I’d be at a 200 mile month which I’ve gotten close to before, but never actually achieved. “I can’t give that up”, I thought to myself.
The doctor came in. He adjusted me and asked about my running. He said I was really stiff and spent extra time trying to loosen me up. Finally he asked if I was going to run after my appointment. I told him I was waffling back and forth as to whether I should run or take a day off to recover.
“Listen to your body”.
Alright, I might be a little obsessive about my running. I need to be. If I weren’t I would have stopped long ago. But eventually hearing all of your comments on this blog and his response got to me. I knew I had to take the day off. Sometimes things are said in such a way, and so many times, that I know it is wisdom and not just a coincidence. This was one of those times.
So I went home. I got in bed. I read your blogs. I rested with heat on my back and hips. I slept. I got up this morning and felt great. I’m still a bit sore and it was hard when I first got out of bed, but I almost beat “The Dog” down the stairs for the first time in weeks.
So yesterday was an amazing run. I ran it in my head and not on the streets. It may have been the difference between a good marathon and a great one for me. It might not make much of a difference. Either way, I’m glad I didn’t run.
Ten years from now when I am reading blogs and posting comments to help new marathoners, my advice will be:
Hi IrunBecauseIwantTo (made up blog name).
Years ago I was preparing for my first marathon. I had trained a lot and had a rough couple of weeks toward the end of my training. I got some of the best advice from fellow runners that I had received in my year and a half of running. They told me over and over, “Listen to your body”. Finally I listened. My marathon was awesome and I can look back and see it was that advice that made all the difference. So I leave you with the same advice. Listen to your body and have a great marathon!!!