I haven’t been running this week (hence why I haven’t written a post in a week), and although I would love to say I have a really good reason as to why I haven’t gone for a run, I would say that the biggest reason why I because I’ve just been pretty darn lazy. It’s pretty sad that Managed to get my butt up and out of bed in South Carolina, while attending a conference, and now that I’m back home I haven’t been able to make the time for myself to go running.
Here are a few of the excuses I’ve used this past week…
1) When I returned from SC I found out that my dad had been hospitalized while I was gone (yes, this one actually is a valid excuse). He has heart arrhythmia, and while up in New Hampshire on an island, he started having problems and had to be brought to the mainland by an ambulatory boat. Since my mom has been up in Maine trying to get the last details of my sister’s wedding finalized, I’ve been “babysitting” him after I get out of work (he’s no longer in the hospital).
2) I’ve been having my own set of problems: exhaustion set in immediately after I returned back home to Massachusetts, and I have literally had no energy whatsoever.
3) I’ve been suffering from a bad case of vertigo this past week. I’m pretty sure that if I can’t walk in a straight line due to dizziness I probably shouldn’t attempt running. I’m pretty sure this is from a combination of allergies, exhaustion and being on a plane (I have some problems with my equilibrium from time to time).
4) I have been a ravenous fool this past week and have been thinking more about food than running.
5) I’ve worked 70 hours this past week and haven’t been able to find the time to go running.
6) In conjunction with the last bullet point, I’ve been too lazy to get my butt out of bed early enough to get it out of the way.
Some of these points are actually pretty valid, but I am kind of bumming that I’ve set myself a week backwards in regards to my marathon training. However, I am trying to tell myself that I’ll probably be even stronger (and well-rested) when I return to running (I’m giving in a try today, even though I’m still a little dizzy), and less susceptible to injury now that I’ve had a week’s worth of rest. I guess it’s kind of like tapering right before a race, although I didn’t run for six days straight.
Have you ever skipped a week’s worth of running in the middle of training for a race?
Relax and get your health straight before you push it. If you feel like garbage, running isn’t going to solve any problems, especially if your allergies are elemental things… Don’t rattle that stuff up. You had a really stressful week. Don’t beat yourself up. Get yourself better, and then come back stronger 🙂
Sometimes you just need to rejuvenate your body and it’s signalling you for a rest. That happens to me as well. For some reason I’ve been eating non stop all week too! I’ve been running very little and there is no excuse for my appetite, but I can’t help it..lol.
I hope your week is getting a bit better for you Lis. Is your Dad doing better? I was so worried when my dad was hospitalized in the winter. No pressure at all, but I did nominate your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I love your posts and look forward to reading them.
Hi Heather, thanks so much for the nom! My dad is doing much better, thanks for asking! I’ve really been meaning to post an update on here but unfortunately I’ve been trying to limit my going onto the computer, as I’ve still been having dizzy spells and the computer unfortunately is making it worse! But once I get everything back under control, I’ll be on again soon! 🙂
I am sorry things have been really busy and stressful and I’m very sorry to hear about your dad’s hospitalization. 😦 I know you are taking good care of him. Take care of yourself too and when your body is read, and your mind is ready, you’ll do it.
I am so sorry about your dad, I hope he’s doing better now. Sometimes it’s just good to take the break and don’t beat your self up over it, you will come back stronger and rested. Hang in there!
Listen to your body girl! I’m sure you’ll be fine – and maybe better! – getting back into running after a break since it sounds like you really need a break! Hope your dad is doing better!
Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow and do what works, even if that means missing a few workouts. Don’t beat yourself up over it! As long as you get back to it, you will be fine.
Hope all ends up well with your dad!
Hope your dad is feeling better! I have definitely had weeks where I’ve been really lazy, and I usually just take it as a sign from my body telling me I need to rest. Plus, running with vertigo sounds like a really bad idea!
These sound like some pretty valid reasons not to run. I hope your Dad is feeling better. I think taking some time off to recharge your batteries is always OK!
So sorry to hear about your dad! Make sure you take care of yourself, too. Sounds like your body needs a little break, so don’t feel bad about taking one!
Girl, I’ve missed you! (Although I don’t blame you, I’m finally getting back in the saddle after a 2 month blogging break). How has the training been going? Are you back on track. Fill us in!
I hope your Dad gets better. And I think all those reasons should like you definitely needed to take the week off. I’ve done it before and had such guilt but the truth is life is busy and sometimes training doesn’t fit in. I would feel more guilty if I missed out on time with my family. Good luck girl, you’ll be back at it stronger than ever next week
Wow. 70 hours of work in a week is crazy!!!!