Hey Everyone! My name is Jess and I am the blogger behind FitnJess where I write about my daily food and nutrition adventures as a new Registered Dietitian! I am SO pleased to be writing a guest post for the lovely Jessie @ JessieLovesToRun !! Thanks again Jessie for the opportunity, you are such a doll!! Please feel free to check out my blog to learn more about me and leave a comment to say hi!!
For my guest post, I wanted to write about my experience Listening to my body and taking an extended break from running!
Let me start by saying, I am in love with running. It is a great stress reliever, starts my day out right and allows me to have “me” time. However, I got to the point where I was running 6-7 times a week and not always taking breaks when my body felt run down. I can be very competitive with myself and have somewhat of an addictive personality. I did feel the need to run most days to keep my level of fitness and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is obviously absurd, but everyone has their struggles. It didn’t help that running was not only my form of exercise, but really my only hobby. I told myself I needed to find other hobbies and not to be so hard on myself when I didn’t want to run or really was too tired. For me this was a learning process and unfortunately, I did have to become injured to really wake up.Earlier this past spring, I slowly started to experience pain in my hip. At first it really was not that bad; I only felt pain when I was done running. I started doing different stretches, iced my hip, etc. Some of these techniques worked, so I continued running. Some days I had pain and others I felt none, so I justified that I could keep running; however, my hip eventually got worse. I remember there were days when I was at my dietetic internship and it would hurt to walk. This is when I realized, I really need to start listening to my body. I knew that I really wanted to keep running, but I was going against my body!! I kept telling myself, if I wanted to be able to run when I am older I needed to take a break. I didn’t want to injure myself much worse and risk the chance of never being able to run again.
Since I mentioned how addicted I was to running, you can imagine how hard it would be for me to just stop “cold turkey”. That is why I didn’t do this; instead I started only running twice a week (Saturday and Sunday). During the week, I started doing online fitness videos from Jillian Michaels and http://www.blogilates.com.
Eventually, I started realizing how much I loved the blogilates videos and how Pilates was so fun! I also loved incorporating HIIT workouts into my routine. Not only were these workouts effective, but they were also quick!!
Soon enough, I realized I didn’t even feel like running on the weekends. I realized I didn’t NEED to run to stay in shape or maintain a healthy lifestyle. By taking time off and finding other ways to exercise, I was improving my health!
I still have not starting incorporating running back into my daily fitness routine; however, I will eventually as I am planning to run in a 5k with a co-worker in October. However, even when I do start running again, I will not be running more than twice a week. For me, I realize that running more than that in a week is not right for my body.
Right now, I LOVE Pilates and HIGHLY recommend checking out www.blogilates.com. I never have felt stronger or better about myself and my body! I have gained such lean muscle and have abs like I never thought I could! I am so happy I listened to my body, even though it was very tough, because I now have found a new love!
I encourage everyone to try their best to listen to their body. It really can be difficult at first, but once you listen and give it time, you will see the benefits!!
Thanks everyone for reading and again thanks to Jessie for being so kind to let me guest post on her wonderful blog!!