The past few months I have been a partial “snowbird”, spending time in Florida for an American Council on Exercise fitness instructor certification as well as acting as a pace group leader for the Jacksonville Marathon. Then, Iowa to complete Wellcoaches Wellness Coach training, and on to Arizona for sunshine and planning next steps. I’ve also had a great experience studying and running 50-100K ultramarathons.
The final ultra was the Black Canyon 100K, a Western States 100 qualifier, on my birthday, Feb 13. Although I beat the WS 100 qualification time by almost two hours, it was tough and I had come down with rhabdomyolysis. This is a condition caused by muscle breakdown, so I needed rest.
I take breaks from strict diet and training after a key race in any case. But I’ve noticed that many freak out at missing exercise or falling off their normal diet. Granted, a huge food bender may not be so healthy, but why make it worse by adding a huge dollop of guilt? Even if it was not a planned diet or exercise break, realize that we all do the best we can in each moment. There are times the body needs to recharge, and perhaps you needed it at that particular moment. Evaluate honestly where you are, and move on from there.
And, schedule in some time to give your body and mind a break. You probably deserve it!