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Your Body Is A Gift

It was like I had a major light bulb moment. I mean for the last 6 years, weight loss has always been a goal along with getting more physically fit and stronger. And I've heard people say that you only have one body, and you need to take care of it blah blah blah...

But it's like I felt this on a personal level - like WAKE UP GIRL! You have ONE BODY. It's YOUR responsibility to take care of the GIFT that you have been given. I experienced this while I was in bed with pain in both of my feet. My right foot was throbbing from the arthritis, and my left foot was in as much pain from my plantar fasciitis. In that moment it didn't take a genius to figure out that my body is really dealing with a lot of inflammation. And that I had been eating more for fun than for healing and nutrition.

It was definitely another nudge for me to really work on focusing to eat with a purpose. Oh, another highly processed cookie, another scoop of ice cream, another handful of marshmallows re…

I Crossed The Line

There's a fine line between pushing yourself and listening to your body. I crossed that line.

I knew better. But I didn't want to miss anything else that was on my training plan. So I ran when that little voice in the back of my head was saying this probably isn't a good idea.

We all know the neck check. You know if you're sick and you don't have a fever and your symptoms are above the neck usually it's okay to run. But if your symptoms are below the neck, as mine was in this case, you're supposed to give your body rest and not push it.

Well I pushed it. 10 days into this chest cold, I got a fever. I'm currently waiting on test results to see if I have pneumonia. The doctor wasn't sure if it's a severe severe case of bronchitis or if it's pneumonia. It is also not sure if maybe the infection hasn't spread throughout my entire body. So I'm waiting on blood work and x-rays to give us the diagnosis.

Regardless of the official diagnosis I'm sick. I'm bad sick. I don't remember being this sick possibly ever or if I was it was a really really long time ago.

You know that up coming race not this weekend but next and how I had hoped to come as close to the two hour mark or break it? Well at this point I hope I'm able to even just run the race. Or run / walk the race. And I might be well enough to give it a full out push through and see what I can do. It's too early to tell. I just know that I'm sick. I'm very very sick. 

I didn't listen to my body and it's a hard lesson leaned that's for sure 


  1. Oh no. :( Hope you feel better soon!!

    1. Thank you.. still feeling rough.. hoping the 3rd pill of antibiotics is going to help

  2. Sorry to hear that. I had pneumonia this year in March and April I was out of running for a month, but now I am back. Don't push it. running will still be there!

    1. Yeah... just found out it isn't pneumonia, but I'm still bad sick. I've been on the couch or in bed for 4 days

  3. Oh no, Amy! Get well soon! I hate hearing when illness puts a runner out of play.

    1. Thank you. yeah. this hasn't been fun!

  4. I learned last year in August the pneumonia is NOTHING to mess with!!! 6 days in ICU and 10 in the hospital. So PLEASE don't mess with this!! REST, get well, and then slowly get back at it. I had TWO races that I was training for at the time and I missed both!!! IT SUCKS!!!!! But sometimes it has to be done! Get Well!!!!!

    1. Yeah, it's pneumonia but it's bad.. I've been on the couch or in bed for the last 4 days. Hoping it's going to take a turn for the better soon!


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