Listen To Your Body. I ran my 1st half-marathon!!!

Yesterday I felt so happy and thankful because I could walk without feeling a piercing pain on the top of my right foot…

I got into running at the end of October and by the middle of December I was able to run 13.36 miles without stopping (that’s OVER half-a-marathon.) It was a life goal that I had set in my early twenties. And then it shifted to a goal that I wanted to accomplish before I turned 30… And then I thought that it would probably never happen once I turned 31…

The most challenging part about it was the mental game. The week before, I ran 10 miles, and the week before that it was 8. There were no cheerleaders, no events, no finish-line, and no medals. Just me, my shoes, headphones with a charge that refused to last over 1 hour, and our gravel road…

-Me, Myself, & I

On the morning of the longest run in my life, I was feeling far from my optimal self. I was tired and had a little tummy ache from stress. I had been pushing myself so hard with 50 second long hiit intervals 45-50 minutes and I followed those workouts with core exercises for at least 30 minutes. After ALL of THAT, I would run for at least 1 hour. I wasn’t even sure if I would run that morning.

Then I hydrated and decided that I was going to do it. After 5 miles, I made up my mind. I was going to keep going until I hiit 13.2 miles. In my mind it was already done! All I had to do was make it happen!

It was the most surreal and invigorating experience and afterwards, I was convinced that I had bragging rights for life!

A few days after that I noticed some pain on the top of my right foot and it affected me the most when I walked. Last Saturday it was excruciating and after 3 sets of my hiit intervals I decided that I needed to rest. I took last Saturday and Sunday off from running and soaked in an epsom salt bath for probably almost 2 hours. I even considered taking a month off from running (that’s how much pain I was in.)

Thankfully, on Monday I felt well enough to slow jog. I also decided that I would take a break from hiit for awhile. It was honestly painful to make this decision because I had gotten such stunning results from my regime…. But when your workout regimen stops being fun and starts feeling like torture; that’s how you know that it is time to make a change!

I made that change and now my foot feels so much better. Yesterday I was able to run again and I’m not in pain when I run. A friend of mine said something that really resonated with me. She said, “when you push your body to the point that you feel pain, that is abusive. Don’t do it.” Even though I have been a coach for years and was always so passionate for injury prevention, I had never thought about it that way. She was so right.

This is my roundabout way of saying, “Listen to your body.” If you feel pain then modify the movement until that pain goes away or rest. Remember your long-term goals. Pushing an injury will make it hard and maybe even impossible to keep going long term. Nourish and cherish your body today and everyday because YOU are worth-it!

❤ Alana

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