Today I took my first run in what feels like forever. In fact, I haven’t done any kind of exercise in a couple months.
Let me tell you why.
Over the past year and a half, my health has been like a roller coaster. When I was down, I laid low and tried to rest as much as possible. When I was up, I would go to the gym and work out as hard as possible. On those “up” weeks, my determination usually got the best of me. As much as I tried to stare in the villainous face of Celiac and tell it who was boss, the disease always ended up getting the best of me. Those exercise-heavy weeks would inevitably push me back down, and for a longer stretch each time.
I finally realized that I needed to give myself a break. I needed to give myself permission to rest.
I froze my gym membership and forced myself to chill out. That was two months ago. My health is still up and down, and my doctor and I are currently trying to make some sense of it all. But I feel ready to start exercising again. Slowly.
In perfect timing, I found an accountability group to join. A running group for people who
hate don’t love running.
Today I laced up my shoes and ran slowly and steadily for two miles. I wanted to walk plenty of times, but I stuck it out and I’m glad I did. I’m also glad that I didn’t go crazy and try to do more.
In this new training period, I hope to stop trying to race against celiac disease and simply race with celiac disease. It’s never going away, and trying to beat it with a hard workout does nothing but hurt me.
And speaking of hurting, the reason I haven’t loved running in the past is because I always seem to get hurt after a while. After reading the newest Chi Running book (CHI MARATHON: The Breakthrough Natural Running Program for a Pain-Free Half-Marathon and Marathon), I learned why. My running posture was a mess!
Whether you’re an on and off runner like me or a seasoned marathoner, this book will help you learn how to run pain-free. They teach you how to position your body and even how to relax during a run.
Before taking my two-month break, I put the CHI Running tips into practice and found running to be much more enjoyable and less painful. This book also has a training schedule including speed training, hill running and how to prepare for a race.
Don’t be intimidated by the title, you don’t have to be a marathoner to learn from this book. I’m certainly not!
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Disclosure: I was provided a free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.