Ok the title of this post is a tad of an exaggeration. But things are a little less exciting around here (or a lot more, depending on how you look at it).
Last week started out great. I managed to get 5 mile runs in Monday-Wednesday and then coached a 6 mile run Thursday night. I did remark to Rock that the Wednesday run might have been pushing it a bit and that the following week I would make sure to take Wednesday off. By the end of Thursday night my back was starting to really ache and I was looking forward to crawling into bed.
I was able to coach a bit on Friday morning before a scheduled doctor appointment where we found out that Baby Dudek was trying to make an early appearance. I was definitely feeling uncomfortable at this point and was wondering if it was more than just my back. Fortunately the doctor assured us that we were fine but recommended that I not do any more physical activity for the entire week. Our goal is to get to 37 weeks, which would be considered early full term. By then I can resume activity once again.
The only bummer was that my parents arrived on Friday for the weekend and I had all sorts of awesome plans for us. Most of those plans of course involved my mom and I shopping!
Saturday morning I went down with Rock to our team group run. They had 13 miles planned for this weekend and I have to say that everyone rocked it! I sat at the start/finish and cheered people on as they left and returned. It was not easy and I had a lot of long run envy. But I was just grateful to be there to support our runners.
Sunday was the highlight of the weekend. Rock’s family hosted the most wonderful baby shower. It was a gorgeous day and I had a great time hanging out in the sun with family and friends. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful people in our lives.
What began as a great start to last week with 21 miles came to a screeching halt. It is not easy for me to sit around all day and I definitely find myself apologizing for being lazy a lot. But the truth is, I am happy to do anything to assure the health of Baby Dudek.
Rock recommended that I treat this like when I have been injured and had to take a break from running in the past. The same rules apply. Keep your body resting, eat well, and sleep when you can. By taking care of your body when necessary, you will ensure a faster recovery and be back to running again sooner than later. Eating well and resting will ease your mind and keep you from feeling awful. And the most important thing to remember is that your body needs this.
When we are injured or sidelined it is also important to remember that taking time off will not ruin your running or training. Our bodies are pretty incredible and can manage to maintain endurance for up to 2 weeks. Our muscles are smart and remember a lot. I have taken 6 weeks off due to plantar fasciitis and 8 weeks off for Achilles tendinitis. It wasn’t easy and the first few days back were a tad difficult. But it is really so awesome how fast our bodies can bounce back when we treat them well. Fuel your body with great food and sleep. And when you are healthy make sure to strength train alongside your running. The combination will ensure that your fitness follows through even when you have to take a little rest time.
What should I do with all of this down time? What do you do to stay healthy or to speed up your recovery?