Ready for Change

Thank you all so much for the nice words on Monday. After reading all the comments and being in a better place days after the race, I feel like I was being a tad bit whiny. I’ll be the first to admit I’m my harshest critic. The way I felt the whole race was a let down for sure. To feel defeated at mile 2, is not good. To feel that uncomfortable so soon, is not good. But I am thankful that I did get a race course PR. It’s hard to notice other achievements when I was fixated on a sub 1:45 for so long.  My attitude needs an adjustment. A shift. A change.

It was perfect timing Monday evening when I received this email from Yoga Journal:

Change is in the Air - happyfitmama.comI read this and thought YES!

“Why do some of us wallow in that place where we’re so shocked and unhappy about an unexpected turn of events that we resist reality and find ourselves mired in bitterness or fear or hopelessness?”

This question has so much meaning in all aspects of life. In applying it to my running right now, I don’t want to wallow. I don’t want to be unhappy. I acknowledged my disappointment and it’s time to move on. I can not change the past. But I can be in the present and look towards the future.

And that’s all I have to say about that. 😉

Two days of no running and I’m doing relatively fine. It helps that I came down with a wicked migraine on Sunday afternoon. I’ve only had a handful of migraines in my life but this one was awful. I think I might have been slightly dehydrated and didn’t replenish my electrolytes properly post race. I spent the majority of Sunday with a pillow over my head curled up on the couch or in bed. I woke up Monday morning feeling OK but not 100% – still foggy. I went to work hoping it would pass but by mid morning it was back. I left work early and spent the rest of the afternoon sleeping it off. By Tuesday, I was feeling a little more alive. Enough to at least get a little yoga session in. My neck and shoulders are super tight  (probably not helping the headache/migraine situation either). Obviously, I’m holding onto too many things. It’s time to let go.

010Now that I’ve had some time to think about my post race plans, I’m kind of excited. This is a great time to explore some new workouts, get back into yoga, maybe join a gym again. Right now, I don’t really have a plan. That is except to get healthy.

Don't StressI will admit it was very odd not to wake up at zero dark thirty yesterday for a run. I did wake up naturally on my own at my usual time but I forced myself to stay in bed and sleep some more. Old habits die hard.

For this week, it’s all about resting and accepting change.

Do you accept change well?

If you weren’t able to do your #1 choice in exercise, what would you choose as an alternative?

25 comments on “Ready for Change

  1. You have a great attitude about this, you will be fine. Things happen for a reason, and you wll be back to doing what you love in no time. Change is so hard, we are so used to being able to control everything, that when we cannot, we panic and it is difficult to adjust, but change is what makes like interesting. That is what we need to keep in our minds. These challenges that are sent our way are done so for a reason, to see how bad we want to be better. If you embrace it and continue to strive for your goals, you WILL reach them, and feel better doing it knowing you overcame setbacks. Hang in there, you are doing everything right!

    For my training, fitness wise, pool running is the absolute best there is (unless you have an alter-g treadmill in your basement :p) to keeping running fitness. It is boring as heck, but if you do it right, it WILL keep you in great shape! I have some workout ideas if you do decide to do this. But maybe now is the time to look inside to find other activities you enjoy, and pursue those instead 🙂

    Stay strong, like you already are 🙂
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  2. Glad you’re feeling better. Migraines are the worst!! I’m my own worst critic too, but I’m learning to give myself a break, to love myself more, as I get older. Glad there’s some wisdom coming with the gray! I love to get in the pool & swim laps when I’m not running. Great total-body, low-impact workout!
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  3. This is a great post. I can totally relate. I have had that happen to me during/after a race where my neck and shoulders almost felt like they seized up and then I got a whopping migraine. When it happened to me, I went out WAY too fast and I was sustaining a very high heart rate. I also felt dehydration played a role. Good luck in your off season!
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  4. I’m like a small child with change…I kick and scream and pout!! In the end change is good…it can bring things out in us that we didn’t know were there! I know it’s hard to be disappointed with things but it sounds like you are headed down a good path!! If running was gone for me I think I would pour myself into spinning and kettlebells…that way I still get my endorphin rush and the kettlebells just make me feel strong!!
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  5. Good for you! I think it’s ok to wallow for a few days, but then pick things up and move on. Now that said–I really don’t do well w/o running. I hate that reality. I come from a triathlon background, so you’d think I’d be ok with the other two sports, but no, I’m not. So I hope that when I take my downtime starting next week, I can model my behavior after yours!
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  6. I love this post so much!! Such a great reminder to a) be kinder to ourselves and b) don’t taint an accomplishment b/c it didn’t meet your expectations. Gosh, and with running, you never know from one mile to the next if it’ll get better or worse!

  7. Migraines suck – I’m glad that you are feeling better. I’ve had to learn over the years to roll with change in every area – even running. Years ago I realized I could no longer run every day and that racing often wasn’t going to work for me any more – once I accepted that fact it was easier to find other forms of working out that I now love almost as much as running!
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  8. I tell anyone who will listen how important it is to take breaks, especially from the pounding on your body that comes along with running…especially when you are getting super fast like you are! You still had an amazing race, even if you didn’t feel like it! Congrats, and enjoy the holidays, casual runs, and lots of yoga! XOXO
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  9. I feel like a lot of people I know (through blogging and in real life) who love running are taking a break from it. I think that’s perfectly acceptable! You know your body better than anyone else, so you do what’s best for it!! Plus, I always hear about a LOT of injuries thanks to RUNNING, so I personally think it’s a GREAT IDEA to lay off and do some not so hard impact work outs! Walking is wonderful 😉
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  10. I’m terrible at embracing change but I’ve been thinking more and more that we should not necessarily accept change right away. It’s going to hurt and be uncomfortable sometimes but I feel like it’s more about sitting with that discomfort that’s hard and important versus getting to the change if that makes sense. I’m glad that you’re feeling better and that this will also give you some time to get back to some other things that you love.
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  11. In a word? No. I don’t accept change well at all. However, where running is concerned, I’ve read so many articles about elite runners having horrible races or runs that it helps me to know it happens to the best of us. All we can do is MOVE ON. Sounds like you’re well on your way!
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  12. I’m happy that you are working towards coming to terms with what you need to do. It really is about a short term sacrifice for a long term benefit. Sucks, but there it is.

    When I’ve been forced to give up running (and depending on why), I will usually ride my bike or (horrors) move to the gym and the elliptical. Obviously not my favorite thing 🙂
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  13. Hope your migraine is better!!! I am not usually a big fan of change or sudden things that pop into my schedule.
    Races that don’t meet our expectations are SUPER hard. I think it is ok to recognize that but so important to keep it in perspective. Running the race and worked hard for that is an amazing accomplishment! Keep reminding yourself of that.
    I am not good at cross training…I pretty much just love running. I am trying to get better at it though …..only because I think it will make me a stronger runner though :).
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  14. I’m not always great about dealing with change, but it is something that I am actively working on. Learning when we need rest and to change things up is important and definitely not easy as such active runners. I think you will find it incredibly refreshing and will come back even happier and stronger!
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