Health & Wellbeing

Listening To Your Body

August 15, 2016

In the past I have never been good at listening to my body. The old me used to push through things. Heavy exercise regimes that made me look fantastic but were driven because I was ridden with guilt. I would drag myself around to social things when I was not well out of obligation, or because something was already scheduled months in advance. I never left time to be flexible or listen to what I needed at the time. My parents come from the old school, to only take a sick day when you are really sick ,(dying). Maybe that is where I got it from. The thought to keep pushing through.  To keep on going. This does not work for me, and it actually never has. My immune system always suffers when I have too much going on. In more recent times, I have realised that doing nothing, and having down time is just as important as the activity you put in. If you don’t rest, you can never replenish.

It was the perfect storm of over committing to things which I think led to my major health demise in August. The ongoing stress of waiting for The Ginger Hunk’s DVA claims and hip saga, coupled with a new team and stuff to get my head around at work. Add to this training for a 25km trail run, with a month packed of social activities, a hen’s night, two plays, two weddings, two weekends away and the actual trail run event, before heading on the plane a week later with my sister to Vietnam for her 40th. My head was already hurting just thinking about how I was going to get through the month, then bbbaaammmm. Sickness imploded. Now I actually listen without pushing through. I feel like I do not have a choice. I have spent days in bed (much to the disgust of my mum), taken time off work and cancelled all non essential plans.

After two and a half weeks, three visits to the Doctor, second ear infection down I am finally on the mend and on the right antibiotics, but have decided after three weeks away from running I won’t be doing my goal event this Sunday. I just don’t feel I will be strong enough. It was always going to be a stress, going to a friend’s wedding first then driving to the Blue Mountains to race on Sunday. (Not the ideal race preparation at all as originally the race was a week later.) But I could have done it, if I was healthy. I would have been happy to do it. With my immune system at zero it is not a smart thing to push through, as I have another wedding the following weekend then away with my sis for her 40th.  I don’t want to be getting on a plane with a messed up ear.

So I’m a bit down tonight, but I need to focus on getting well for… well…life.

This body of mine, I only have one of them…and the trails will call me again on October 23rd.

How are you at listening to your body? 

Do you rest or push through? 


Linking up with Kylie for #IBOT 

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  • That is a huge schedule. I think you are very wise to listen to your body – to make it to your friend’s wedding and then hopefully be back to normal for your trip with your sister. You make me tired thinking about all that.

  • writeofthemiddle

    So sorry to hear you’ve been unwell! I am a huge advocate for listening to your body, your mind and your spirit and looking after yourself. I neglected myself for many, many years and paid the price. Now I try to take better care of myself. 🙂

  • I’m a bit like you and have a tendency to push and push. I grew up with the same vintage of parents so it feels ingrained to always say yes and face up. I’m learning to say no more but it’s a knock to my pride but I think it’s about shifting our expectations and learning there is merit in being flexible too. I think you’ve been wise saying no to the run when you’re in recouperation mode. Keep listening to your physical needs x

  • Sometimes your body just makes the decision for you. There’s more running to do.. and you will enjoy it so much more when it’s a less busy-busy time. Weddings don’t wait and 40ths never happen again…. look after yourself and hope that the trip to Vietnam will also be a real rest for you … and that all matters hip will be resolved… those things hanging over us have a huge impact. Take it easy

  • Sounds like you’ve made the right call. Congrats – it’s hard when you’ve committed to something, and it’s something you enjoy and get a lot from! Good on you. Take care of that body and of yourself. x #teamIBOT

  • I think you’ve made a wise decision. I’ve always been a firm believer (and practiser!) of listening to your body. Hubster is the opposite but he is slowly learning!!!

  • It sucks balls that you’ve missed out on your run, but it’s so good that you’re not just listening to your body, but you’re honouring it too. You’ve taken this well needed rest and I’m sure your body will thank you for it. There will always be another run and I’m sure you’ll be faster, better and stronger than ever. Here’s to Vietnam – let the good (and healthy) times roll!