Monday, 22 October 2012

Motivation Monday - Back to Reality

While I was busy writing an epic Marathon recap series last week, I was also busy generally leading a sloth-like existence. I spent the majority of last week alternatively sleeping, reading, and eating. I was very busy behaving like a sluggy-slug and eating copious amounts of Halloween candy. It was delightful!

Last week was Marathon recovery week. I took the whole week off from both work and coaching. And gave myself a free pass to relax, drink wine with my husband, chill with the girls, and just rest.

It was a much needed break. Balance has been restored to my small corner of the world. So now it is time to get back to reality. It is time to get back on track.

I spent Sunday prepping for the week ahead.

I started the day with a few of my favourite girls - JessRobyn, and Sam - at  a restorative hot yoga session. And some necessary girl time and fitness talk over coffee (tea for crazy pants Jess who is on the Clean Restart program right now).

After chatting with my fitness dream team and rehashing some my Marathon stuggles, we have all agreed that Strength Training is a MUST.

During marathon training, and even during the marathon itself, I struggled with my upper body strength. I regularly had swelling and bruising in my chest, pain in my upper and lower back from compensating, and certain amount of discomfort. In short I have a lot of artifical things floating around inside my body, and my body is still trying it figure it all out. We discussed all of these issues at my 6 month follow-up appointment, but alas there is no quick fix. My surgeons have informed me that because of my special circumstances (*cough, cough, cough* robot heart) and my desired activity level, that I should expect the healing process to take up to a full year...

BLAH! And Boourns!

So if I want to help my body rebuild and get back on track, then I am going to have to take a much more active role in regaining the strength/muscle I have lost.

I have decided that my next Great Misadventure will be a Crossfit challenge.
I start tomorrow! Wish this little runner luck!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,