Friday, April 01, 2011

Too Soon

After a miserable aching day yesterday after my third run, my runs have to hit the pause button for now. I may be trying to do too much too soon just because I feel up to it, and really, I need to slow down and let my body heal. The thing that gets me is, if my body doesn't heal any way, I'm just going to have missed out on what I didn't do and that makes me want to keep going and going, but I can't pretend I'm better than I am (although that confuses me, isn't that type of positive attitude supposed to help you feel better??).

On the upside, my body WAS healing prior to starting these runs - obviously, good enough for me to feel like I could and did run for the first time ever! Even after the first run I felt fantastic, and felt so, so after the second. The third one did me in. So, once I slow down and heal at least I realize I can do it and can't wait to get started back up again. Now to sit still long enough to actually heal.

3 Comments:

Teagan B. Sawyer said...

Please don't be discouraged! You are doing so great :) Often pain is the last thing to appear...kind of like the straw that broke the camel's back (in terms of how well/healed you are) and the first thing to disappear once you start to heal. I know this is such a bizarre concept to wrap your head around. It just means that pain is a crappy last resort/indicator of health. Maybe speak to your chiropractor about things to introduce and at what pace so that it doesn't happen again. Especially with anything chronic or long term really depending on the actual problem can take anywhere from 6 weeks to over 6months or longer to fully "heal". But don't be discouraged because you can still do a TON of things while "healing" and being well/healthy is such a spectrum and finding that balance for you can take some work. It must be frustrating...but I know you will do amazing! Keep up the good work and listening to your body. Thinking of you xoxo

pinksundrops said...

Teagan - Thanks so much for your encouragement. This, and several lists I'm making are keeping me looking at things in perspective, staying positive, and looking forward. The pain, when it comes, is so mind-numbing that everything seems to fly out my head, so it helps to have everything on paper. I'd love to hear more about the pain being the last resort/indicator of health - I'm not sure if you means if it means I'm healing or not. Somedays I feel like I am and others day I wonder if I will.

Teagan B. Sawyer said...

You are healing :) Sometimes pain can still show up so instead of healing happening in straight forward improvement ie. / this kind of direction it can occur in ups and downs ie. ^ if that makes sense. As people heal it may mean experiencing symptoms but experiencing them less frequently and when the pain comes lasting less time. If that makes sense...I don't want you to get discouraged at all. Try noticing things like whether it is becoming easier to sleep, do activities with the boys, etc. Keep up the great work. xo

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