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:
“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.
Now 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.
I 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?