Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Slowing down

I haven't gone running in over six weeks. For someone who was so passionate about running that I would blog and Tweet deliriously after an awesome 8-miler, six weeks is a long time.

I haven't been a couch potato, though; I've been walking and doing strength training. I needed to stop running because this persistent injury (my IT band stuff) was getting worse. I'd pushed too hard, and I knew I needed a break to let things heal. Unfortunately I can tell that it's still not back up to par, so I'm continuing to walk.

I could go back to my physical therapist, and that would probably help. But here's the thing--I think I needed to slow down. It's not just good for me physically, but spiritually too. I can pray while I walk, without interruptions from kids. (It's hard for me to pray while running since my mind isn't particularly still or focused when I run.) I really think this it's good for me to be in this "slow season."

That's not to say I'm not trying to do what I can at home to get better. I still use my foam roller, and just today I decided to switch some of my strength-training exercises, since I think that doing squats may be impeding my recovery. But for now I'm holding off on going to the doctor. Right now I need patience more than I need to be a patient.

Sometimes being forced to slow down is a blessing, an opportunity. I still consider myself a runner.... At least I hope I'm still a runner. But there is a peacefulness that comes with walking. If and when I do get back to running, I plan to incorporate more walking into my routines, so that I can continue to experience that peace.


Keitha said...

Way to listen to your body. I know it is hard to do, but slowing down can be such a benefit.

coachstretch said...

thanks for your honesty! I have been a runner for many years and ran Cross Country in college and about 5 years ago, my IT Band began to bother me...obviously overworked. :)

I decided to start training again in June and have had a decent go at it with one flare up from my IT band 2 weeks ago. I don't have a foam roller, but I do have a compression wrap that I put above my knee and it seems to be doing wonders...I have learned to be patient as well...as much as I would like to push myself to get to running 10 miles at one time, I have learned that I am not 20 anymore and my body doesn't recover as fast as it once did.

We definitely have to take a step back and rest....as hard as it is sometimes...our walk with Christ is much the same way...we often times push ourselves so hard that we can start to burn out on things of God and that shouldn't be the case...God wants us to run the race, but sometimes maybe take a marathon pace at things or even a walkers pace, but to not quit.

I enjoy reading your blogs Beth!


Anthony "aka" FamilyMan

PS...I have been so busy with running again that I haven't taken a minute of my day to write any one minute writings lately...I need to manage my time better. HA!

Dan & Hillary said...

You've come a long way from your couch! You've inspired me to keep moving:-) We'll both be walking the kids to school soon!

Call Me Cate said...

I'm so glad you aren't feeling frustrated about it and you're enjoying the slower pace. It must be great to get that time to yourself.

SurvivorBlessing said...

I love this post because it makes me happy that you found that peace. It might not be what you really want, but spending time with God is just as essential. Praying for a full recovery nonetheless....

Tiffany said...

Walking is very peaceful :o)