Did you ever have one of those weeks? I did. Last week was one of those week’s for me. I have been training very hard for an upcoming triathlon and my first 1/2 marathon and it seems like my body started to rebel against me. The closer it got to Friday which is when I would fly out to DC, the more I starting feeling I wasn’t prepared and slipped into a funk. This just isn’t me. I can always push through – you know the saying? When the going gets tough, the tough gets going? That’s usually my frame of mind. So what happened last week?
I have been very diligent in my training – not missing a day. Last week, the last week before I leave for my first 1/2 marathon, I catch a cold. Okay, I’m thinking. I’ll just get to bed early, pop extra vitamin C and be hunky dory in a few days. Didn’t happen. I battled that cold the whole week. My body felt like it was rebelling to me and with that I pushed back and continued training at the level I had been. As a result, I wasn’t getting better and then I let it get to my head and ended up in a funk that was extremely hard to shake off for most of the week.
This usually doesn’t happen to me. I’m generally one that can dust myself off and move forward. So why was it so difficult this time? I think I was pushing my body too hard the past week and not letting it recover when it needed it. Yes I continued working out but now in hindsight I should have scaled it back a bit more than I did. When my body wasn’t rebounding as quickly as I thought it should, I pushed harder and stressed it out further so now I’m not only battling a cold, I’m battling a tired body and exhausted mind.
Sometimes we just need to know when to ease off just a bit and when we need to push through a little harder. I wasn’t listening to my body. I went with the if I push through harder, I’ll be fine and fit mentality. In this case, I should have eased off just a little and rested a little more and possibly I would have felt better toward the end of the week. I’m not saying I should have stopped my training – no. What I should have done is maybe scaled it back just a little.
It’s hard to say what’s best at what time of your training but most important to remember is to just listen to your body. My body was talking to me very clearly. I should have listened.
Denise Sanger is a high energy business owner with over 30 years experience in the marketing area. She has transitioned her love of fitness and marketing into helping others succeed in their own businesses. She founded How To Stay Fit Over 50 with her friend Coach Becky Skipper and together they are able to provide hope and support to others by motivating them to take the first step in their fitness journey no matter what age.