Thursday, 30 May 2013

My Halifax Family Adventure

It has been a whirlwind couple of days. Me and the whole family spent the last few days in Halifax visiting my sister and celebrating her graduation. So PROUD of this girl!
I have hinted over the past few weeks that things have been going a mile-a-minute over in my small corner of the world. So this weekend ended up coming at the perfect time. I was feeling a bit worn down. I needed some quality time with the family. And I was in dire need of some rest. After a few days of tummy troubles I opted to skip some of my planned training runs and just focus on being present. 

This is not something that comes naturally to me. I feel like I should spend everyday doing it all and loving it. So I usually spend hours feeling guilty. Berating myself for being weak. Regretting needing a break. Cursing my body for not be stronger. And condemning myself for not being farther along in the process. All of these things happened, but I still opted to listen to my body and take a break.



Some time off definitely help give me some perspective. I have been pushing really hard lately. But have not been a doing a very good job of taking care of myself. Lots of little things have been slipping. And I have been struggling to keep my head above water.
Training is never going to click if I don't take care of myself. Runs have been harder than usual. My energy levels have not been there. And those tummy troubles - probably a direct result of stress and less an stellar meal planning.The biggest sacrifices when I get busy are always sleep, proper meals, and downtime with the family. I needed this vacation to refocus and get back to what is important. This adventure is all about Health and Happiness, so sometimes I need to step back and restore the balance.

After 12 straight hours of sleep, a fridge stocked with lots of fresh nutritious meals, and some great quality time with my adorable family - I feel ready to tackle my training with renewed energy.

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

12 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Krysten, I have been feeling the same way and I TOTALLY know what you mean. My workouts have been feeling harder and I think it's because I didn't give myself much downtime after the race at the beginning of the month. I'm just over 2 months out from my next one and am nervous to start training because I know my immune system is down. Having said that, I'm in the process of eliminating a major stressor from my life and am planning a very low key weekend I'm so glad you're starting to feel better. It's amazing what a little relaxation, family time, healthy food, and being present can do!

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  2. it's amazing to me STILL what a little loving up by the family can do to restore me as well.

    xoxo

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  3. I felt that way towards the end of my 6 in 6 cycle...oh how rest is such a welcome change! Congrats to your sis!

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  4. Downtime is so important. Hopefully you feel totally re-energized!!

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  5. glad you feel renewed! :) you and your sis look so much alike - both beauties!

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  6. Downtime is key...I love heading to my family to plug in and charge back up!!! I'm glad you were able to recharge!!!

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  7. Good for you for taking that time. I am like you..guilt hangs over me when I am still. But we all do need it. Glad you are recharged and ready to go!

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  8. I too am taking some time.. I completely empathize, I am tired, and burned out! I hope you things get back to normal for you! Have a great weekend

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  9. How fun to celebrate with your family. Love Halifax and the surrounding area.

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  10. Sounds like a very needed weekend :)

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  11. So glad you were able to rest up, focus and recharge :)

    I can't wait for my holidays in July!

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  12. Happy that you got to rest!! I need to rest a lot too and always feel like I should be doing something different. Glad you forced yourself to relax! :)xo

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