This past weekend I just finished my 3rd marathon. That’s why it’s time to be cutting back on something I do love, genuinely, but my body needs a break. I loved it, but it’s time to cut back on exercise again. Why? I have learned that it’s OK to enjoy exercise again after recovery, because for a while I felt guilty for enjoying running/sweating it out after being recovered and weight restored.
But I’ve learned that it’s not wrong to enjoy movement. It just needs balance, and you have to take a step back and ask, ‘What can my body handle? What is too much? What is that happy medium that makes my body thrive and doesn’t exhaust my body or affect my cycle in a negative way?’
Well. . . . I have to say that long distance running and my cycle are not the best of friends still; it seems that there’s a certain load of training where my body starts not feeling safe again, so it shuts off my period. And that means it’s time to be cutting back again on running and staying with the lower impact, less time for exercise, because I think this is truly a battle that I’ll be fighting my whole life in a different way each day. I’m no longer obsessed by workouts or exercise like I used to be, but the potential to fall into that trap is still there.
What will I go to after the marathon? In order to be accountable, I’m writing it here:
3 days short runs
3 days weights workouts
Some weeks I may not be doing that many runs, but I just want to be balanced and rested. This year I have felt SOO much more rested than any other year, and it seems like the next year will be a continuation of that.
So what is the plan after the marathon to keep cultivating that healthy relationship with movement?
#1) I’m getting back into strength workouts, because they are usually a lot less wearing on my body than large amounts of cardio.
#2) I don’t have to get up early for any long runs, so I’m going to sleeeeppp especially with the longer days.
#3) Eat food and keep working on and praying about NOT exercising to eat but just eating and then doing exercise as something separate from ‘working out.’
This trip was truly a trip of a life time. We got to see the incredibly gorgeous fall colors. We got to walk beside still waters, and my soul felt incredibly restored. I loved just walking, lying on the beach, and dipping my feet in the water.
The trip was full of good food. We stopped and got some really good burgers after the race, or I got a sourdough bacon burger. I also enjoyed some of the yummiest brownies i’ve ever eaten from Ithaca Bakery. Ellie sent me some, and they are the chocolatiest fudgy brownies I’ve ever eaten.
Also, this trip was all about learning just to rest and be still and know that God is teaching me the beauty of stillness. The trip was actually about cutting back on my social media and cutting back on my ‘go, go, go’ desire to do everything, to be involved in everything, to be a part of everything that my family is doing at every single moment.
It was so good being with my sister and just enjoying ‘being.’ I don’t think I’m reminded yet of that gift of just ‘being’ a child of God and knowing that this world doesn’t depend on how much I do, but on God’s work, and Him working in and through me.
The world rushes on, but to just be still in His presence, to just breathe deeply that cool crisp fall air, to nap without worrying that I’m not ‘moving enough,’ those were all goals of this trip.
I’m sorry if this post feels like a ramble, but it kind of is, so I’m thankful to anyone who read and was encouraged by it.
My final thoughts after the marathon:
Recovery is Worth It.
Running is Fun, but Most of the Time I’m more of a 2-5 mile girl.
Food is Good, and I Don’t Exercise to Burn Off My Food.
Having a Strong Body that Isn’t Exhausted Because of Restriction is SUCH a Gift from God
Eating Even When You Don’t Exercise and Not Judging Your Hunger is Good
I’ll leave you with a few food freedom/non diet culture posts that I’ve enjoyed lately for you to enjoy:
Do you ever cut back on exercise? Have you been cutting back on anything to make room for more sleep or more rest or more of something else?