September 10, 2014

On The Run - Two Week Check-In

So, this past week has not been the easiest for me. I've been quite sick. *sad face* I thought I had a bad case of allergies, and kept pushing myself through it. Then last week I hit a wall (not literally, LOL), and decided to go into the doctor. Turns out - it wasn't allergies; I had in fact had a very bad sinus infection, as well as throat infection! Thankfully, not strep throat. It was then that I realized - holy smokes, I should have gotten into the doctor sooner

I was bed-ridden for days, fighting a fever and not being able to figure out why a) my chest hurt so much and b) I was so incredibly light headed. After a couple days of laying in bed, downing cough syrup like it was water, I was forced decided it was time to go to the ER. My lungs had become so inflamed that I wasn't getting enough oxygen, and that was causing me to be so lightheaded!

*blank stare*

Found this awesome gem in Google Images!

So, needless to say - I haven't been able to keep up with my 5K training over the past week. Barely being able to walk from one end of my apartment to the other without having to stop to catch my breath, I didn't dare force myself to run. The last thing I needed was to physically hurt myself on top of my being sick!

Laying in bed, I got to thinking. How often do we ignore the signs that our bodies are giving us? I knew something was off - yet I did nothing about it. I continued to push myself further, ignoring the blatant signs my body was showing me. The doctors even told me that if I continued to ignore it, and not go in to the clinic - it would have developed into pneumonia; and that is pretty serious

Though taking this week off has been a minor set-back in my training for my first 5K, it was a necessity. I've realized I couldn't keep pushing myself. Taking care of yourself by exercising is a must, but you also have to take care of yourself in other ways. Otherwise, you'll end up stuck in bed for a week! I am very much looking forward to getting back in the gym and back to training, but I am not going to push myself beyond my limits.

So, how often have you ignored your body and the signs it was trying to give you?

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