Knowing When To Recharge The Battery

Where have I been?

First and foremost, thank you to all who reached out asking if I was okay. For the most part, yes. However, from both a mental and physical standpoint, I have been very fatigued. That will be the main point of this entry. I am still well aware that I am in the middle of a 90 day challenge. I've already crossed over the first 30 days. I had tools in place to make sure I could not quit without penalizing myself. (link). Like I said in the SMART goals entry, you write them down in case something happens. A written plan helps you get back on course. FYI - something you did not plan on occurring will ALWAYS happen.

 

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So picking up where I left off, my last entry was a preface to the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon weekend. In short, Vegas was amazing. I indeed did do, "Half the distance, twice the fun". I will have details of my experience that weekend in another entry though. In summary, once the excitement of Vegas was over, so was I. Physically and mentally, I was spent. In short, I officially hit the wall.

For months it had been a juggling act between training and working. The balancing act was sufficient at best. Paying the bills is more of a priority, so working was a little more of my focus. Between SIF (wellness session work + 3 half marathons, 1 Tough Mudder) and the other production I work for, I had reached my limit by the time Las Vegas was over. Once again, it was time to listen to your body.

One week after Vegas, I did nothing. Part of this was hoping to have what was originally thought of as a shin splint to heal. It turned out to be more of nagging injury than a shin splint. I did manage to work out 3 times on Thanksgiving week. It was moderate level and limited due to the chronic injury. I eventually went to see my college buddy, Daren Kosters, who is a certified Muscle Activation Techniques (M.A.T.) Specialist. Let us say there was a lot of muscle weaknesses found due to the type of training and mental stress of the season.  The answer to hitting the wall?  IT was time to take a break, reflect, and refocus when physically and mentally recharged.  With this entry, I am back.

 

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To all my readers, my apologies.  It was simply time to recharge the battery.  The 90 Day Challenge is still alive.  More coming here on SIF.

 

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