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Ok, it is time to get honest.  I have hurt myself in my crazy 50k training and it has inspired me to write a post on listening to my body.  I would have posted sooner, but in feeling self pity from being injured, I have “taken comfort” in foods that are not so great for me the past few nights.  It is amazing how much shame I can put myself through before I just get honest and realize that it is no big deal.  I always bounce back because my true nature is to be healthy and do what really makes me feel good.

So as part of my new and improved philosophy on training, I have trying to make it a priority to really listen to my body to give it what it needs and prevent injury.  I do not always do this perfectly, which explains my current state.

Honesty part two:  The other day I woke up to run the day after running a 16 miler (ultra marathoners suggest doing long runs back to back like this).  I had a little voice telling me, “Do not go, Natasha.  It is ok to rest.  You have never run 16 miles before.”  Well, I went anyway and, after only a mile, had to walk home because my knee hurt too bad to run.

Now I am recommitting to listening.  And, I have been resting and I will not run until my knee does not hurt… even if it takes a couple of weeks!!  The thing that I and so many of us forget is that we will not be starting from scratch if we need to rest for a while.  Our bodies actually remember the athletic, strong beings that we are and they’re back in the game in no time.

My encouragement for you is to really listen to the signs your body gives you.  Even turn off your ipod sometimes. Think about NOT distracting yourself from the workout, but rather feeling it and listening to what tweaks you may need and even when to stop (GASP! What???).  Yeah, I said it.  Sometimes we need to stop, even if that is not what our training calendar says! 🙂

Just so you can see that life does not end during an injury, I have included what Coach Rey said to Sandra and I when we came in to workout today (she just had knee surgery).  He said:


Rope climbs (from laying down to standing)

Handstand Push-ups

Ring Push-Up Side to Sides (hold a ring push-up and extend each arm one at a time, WTF!)

Thank you sir, may I have another!



Posted: January 19, 2011 in running, trail running

So, about the most beautiful run I have EVER done:

Last Saturday at Kennesaw Mountain, we ran 12 miles through snowy woods.  So much snow! Well, there was some mud too.  But overall it was gorgeous.  I wished so badly that I had a camera (I will try and be better about this in the future).  The temperature was in the 40’s, which my body has decided is her favorite running temp.  This ridiculously beautiful scene does not happen often here in my southern town.  In my euphoria, I blurted out, to a runner I had never met before, “It feels like we are in another place!!!”  Seriously, Toto……….

I want to put a plug in for seeing your world in such a cool way as trail running, or even hiking.  Nothing makes me more serene than being in the woods… nothing.

Also, I am grateful for my Montrail Mountain Masochist trainers– Dear Trail Shoes, yes, you are a bit heavy, but how you got me through that icy, snowy, slushy, muddy run with barely a slip and not a single drop of moisture on my feet! Wow!!  My warm tootsies thank you!

And to you, Crystal Ball, will these types of runs be a regular thing in my future???……………….

So, yesterday (day 1 of strict Paleo), at the New Years Day party, I managed to do quite well, avoiding many non-paleo temptations: the sweet smelling corn pone, the mound of chocolate chip toffee cookies, (made by my friend the pastry chef, mind you), and, well, I could go on but you get it.  I had resolve, though, and I powered through!

Then.. I left. And I was tired and it was night and I was going home… eeeek!  I felt the cravings for sugar/any comfort food coming on. (more…)