-Follow Your Heart, Trust Your Gut, & Listen to Your Body!-
What a difference a day makes!
Yesterday, I was rarin’ to go…today, I’m exhausted.
I am currently training for a half marathon, and the 2011 tri season will be underway shortly. This means following a plan! I have been doing very well with my running, and am finally feeling close to 100% after roughly two weeks of sinus infection blahs.
Ran 5.65 easy, hilly miles yesterday. I know what you’re thinking – easy and hills don’t go together. You’re right. I wasn’t sprinting or anything, and managed to maintain an average pace of roughly 9 min/mi. Hills wear your legs out, though. I know because I’m feeling the effects today! Also, it probably didn’t help that I worked out with my PM boot camp group AND didn’t go to bed until midnight. 🙂
I decided to use today as a rest day, which is great because I’m getting a massage this afternoon. The thought of going for a run right now…no way.
The “old” me (aka back in the days as a fitness competitor) would have NEVER felt so good about taking a day off. No way…no how.
Things are different now. I am eternally evolving, and with this comes lessons learned & continued growth. I’ve made three important shifts over the past couple of years:
- I follow my heart more, rather than just my brain. This has allowed me to experience true love, and to “share” myself with friends and family. I do not worry about what people think. I used to let this worry dictate my every action. Thank goodness I woke up!
- I trust my gut. If I get a feeling about a certain situation or person, I heed it. 99% of the time, it’s right! If I choose to ignore it, things always work out to where I am left thinking “Geez, why didn’t I go with my gut reaction?” Lessons learned in both my personal and professional life…always a silver lining, though…always!
- I listen to my body. Gone are the days of “more is better.” Gone are the days of chronic aches and pains. Gone are the days of overtraining! I realize that a flexible training schedule is what works. Nothing is set in stone.