Hello QuoBreaker Fitness Blog World!
I had the pleasure to complete my 3rd marathon just over a week ago. It was a fantastic day for a run and I’m proud of my performance. Mid run my IT band did start to wreck havoc but I pushed through! Do you train hard? Marathon training definitely causes some wear and tear to the body as well as a string of intense workouts. Do you ever take a break? Yeah, me neither! Last year I suffered with runners knee all summer long because I didn’t take my time to rest and recover from my 2nd marathon. I’m always in the mindset that you must push hard and be consistent with your workouts. I’m starting to tweak that belief and appreciate the benefits of taking time to rest. We don’t have to be scared of it!
So I decided to take 3 weeks off. Currently I’m on a week and a half of no exercise. Though I love being fit and active, I haven’t missed working out too much. I’m catching up on sleep instead! However what I am doing is focusing the energy I would typically put into workouts and redirecting it to my focus on nutrition.
I thought right after the marathon would be a perfect time to do the Beachbody Ultimate Reset. It’s 21 Days of reclaiming your body, releasing the toxins and restoring your body’s natural chemistry. My main 2 goals from doing this program are to kick my caffeine habit and sugar addiction. Thankfully I have not craved sweets when previously before the Reset I automatically craved sweets after every meal. I have missed the taste of coffee but I’m not craving it as my afternoon pick me up. In the first 10 days I’m learning that I don’t NEED these things and I can live WITHOUT them! I’m also making new recipes and uses new condiments/ spices I’ve never had before. All in all this experience has been well worth it— and I still have 11 days to go!
My advice to you— schedule your rest time as religiously as you do your workouts and always strive to improve your eating so that you’re consuming the healthiest foods possible. REMEMBER— This is a journey!
Interested in learning more about the Ultimate Reset? It’s a pretty cool program. Check this video out for more information: bit.ly/1g3XVyf