Move it Monday: Setbacks

Happy monday ya’ll!!!  Hope you had a fantastic weekend filled with loads of fun and relaxation. Although, if you’re life looks like ours it was filled with a little craziness and very little rest.  I’m thankful for these crazy weekends filled with baseball and xbox and walks to the park and grocery store trips and lunch out with friends and church and practices.  It’s all part of what makes this season of life for us.  But sometimes weekends make me feel like I need a vacation.

I’ll be starting with Texas Fit Chicks  in a few weeks so I spent all day Saturday in College Station going through training and learning more about this company and why it exists.

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Once I have my camp times and locations set in stone I’ll post more about this company and why I love them already.  I think it’s going to be a great fit and I’m even more excited after being at training.  However, I now need a massive trip to the Office Depot for some organizational help, and a printer.  Operation get organized starts this week!!

I wanted to talk today about setbacks in your fitness or training and how to work through them.

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I love this quote for so many reasons.  I’ve found it to be true in my life each time I experience a set back or limitation.  I’ve talked about my dad a little on the blog.  I won’t elaborate today but for those of you who don’t know he has a disease called MSA(multiple systems atrophy).  He can no longer walk without a walker or wheelchair, and used to be an avid runner.  Watching my dad lose his physical abilities has been hard.  As a runner, I often think about how I might handle losing the ability to run.  Would I handle it with grace and bravery?  Would I be willing to embrace the challenges and explore the strengths that might come because of a weakness or limitation?  I hope so.

Obviously what my dad is going through is more than a setback.  But, I think about him often when I run because it pushes me toward gratitude and thankfulness.  To be able to move is a tremendous gift that I may not always have.  So, when I experience much more minor setbacks or things that limit my running or training,  I hope they are building blocks to a stronger character and strength for the other things I will experience in my life.

As athletes, runner’s, triathletes, weight lifter’s, boot camp goers, cyclists, walkers, group fitness junkies…whatever your fit thing may be, we will at some point experience a setback.  Here are a few off the top of my head that I have dealt with over the years…

sick kids

traveling hubby

knee surgery

patellar tendonosis

achilles tendonitis

TIA(minor stroke)

high risk pregnancy/bed rest(x 3 people)

moving

busyness

sickness

allergies/asthma

kids sports and activities

kids school/homework/tests

hard toddlers

potty training

Occupational therapy/counceling for one of our kids(who is thriving now and doing great…worth the time and money)

sports

loss of motivation

And this is just off the top of my head.  Relate?  No, they aren’t all earth shattering and are more important than my fitness because they all involve my family or my health apart from being active.  However, it doesn’t mean it’s easy to sit on the sidelines.  I want to run and train and do the things I love.  But, sometimes I can’t.

Maybe you are going through a set back season and you aren’t able for whatever reason to do what you love right now.  Here are a few things I’ve learned during these various times.  I so hope it encourages you if you are feeling stuck.

1.  Be patient

HA!! This is so much easier to type than it is to put into practice.  But can I just tell you that I have experienced more success, quicker recovery and better results from being patient.  If you are active,  sitting still or missing out may seem like suffocation.  It sounds stupid but when you are used to moving or doing a certain activity on a regular basis, being sidelined can make you feel a little nutty.  Don’t rush the process.  Deal with life, heal the injury, take care of the problem. Running or training or whatever your thing is will come back in time and more than likely, you’ll be better at it if you are patient.  Think of having patience as exercise!

2.  Find an outlet

Finding an outlet is therapeutic.  Maybe it’s finding the outlets.  Like, the retail outlets that are 5 minutes from my house.  That’s therapy let me tell you.  My husband would STRONGLY disagree.  But you know.  A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.  Find something you can do that makes you feel good and that you enjoy.  If you can’t run but you can walk, get outside and WALK!! It may not feel like much compared to running a marathon but ya’ll, its something and something is always better than nothing.  It’s better than feeling sorry for yourself.  I promise.   Find an activity that you are able to do if you can even if it’s something you have to do from the couch.  It’ll do wonders and keep your mind busy.

3.  Encourage someone

Ok listen.  I know it stinks that you can’t do what you love, but you can absolutely encourage those around you.  Be a cheerleader.  I speak from experience.  After my knee surgery my husband had his first 70.3.  I was going on 3 weeks of recovery and months with zero running.  I was going slightly insane.  However, being there and being totally present for him was something I’ll never forget.  I watched.  I cheered.  I cried like a baby when he crossed the finish line.  I was at every transition thanks to one amazing friend who kept our kids.  It was awesome and felt so good just being there to support my man.  It’s amazing how just being present for someone else takes your focus off yourself.  Try it sometime.

4.  Be Smart

This kinda goes along with being patient but people, be smart please.  Don’t go out and try to run when your doctor has told you not to.  I know it’s hard.  I know it goes against every fiber of your being but trust me, listen to their advice, be smart and you’ll be back with a vengeance.  Injuries take time to heal.  Families need your attention.  Work can take priority.  Whatever it is causing you to take time away, be smart about how and when you pop back.  Don’t get caught up in thinking something is wrong with you or you are weak for not doing your thing.  That’s pride.  It’ll eat you up.  You’ll be back and your time will come but you have to play smart.

5.  Make a comeback plan

So this involves being realistic and not just jumping back into the deep end before you are ready.  However, I’ve found that having a plan for my comeback helps keep me motivated.  Plan some races(but be realistic!!), make a training plan, plan your nutrition, sign up for a class or bootcamp, recruit some friends for accountability.  Get our your planner and some cute pens and go. to. town.  Plan away and let that excitement and anticipation motivate you on your journey back to health and fitness.

Hopefully this helps you.  I’ve been through plenty of ups and downs on my fitness journey.  Plenty of moments when I felt like I could not get my feet under me for a variety of reasons.  But, it’s ok.  Your time will come friend.  Enjoy the journey and find joy in it, even if it’s hard.  Find those strengths you never knew you had that come through hardships and adversity.  I promise you will come out better on the other side.

Blessings ya’ll!!!

What do you do when you find yourself injured or in a fitness slump?

 

 

 

 

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2 comments on “Move it Monday: Setbacks

  1. Hey Kelsey girl,
    I’m so glad it was an encouragement to you. I know what it’s like to go on those runs where you don’t know if the pain will come or go. Don’t let yourself dwell on feeling unequipped. I’ve pretty much decided apart from Jesus I’m unequipped for practically everything ha!! Just take it easy and slow and smart and you will be just fine. xoxo

  2. Kelly,

    Thank you SO much for posting about this. I just ran yesterday (one mile) for the first time in two weeks because of an unknown pain the bottom of my foot. I was getting so anxious and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t anxious a little right now about my ten miler this Sunday. I feel so unequipped for this. I don’t play the mental game well so I have to rely a lot on training. I finally just prayed it away to God last night. That it would be in His hands and whatever happens, happens. My coworker said lets run tonight and I usually am someone who cannot keep pace with anyone but we ran 4 miles together tonight! It was seriously all because of Jesus. No pain in my foot, my breathing was good. God is so good to us. Especially when we don’t deserve it. Anyway, I love your blog! Thanks for sharing!

    Kelsey

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