Post Chicago Marathon


The face of FRUSTRATION. Today I went out for my first run 🏃🏻‍♀️since my marathon. I planned to do 3-5 miles, but my body had a different plan. Less than a mile in my knee started acting up, my quads were on fire and I just felt like I couldn’t go any further. I thought to myself WTF I had just run 26 miles a little more than a week ago. How is it possible that I can’t even run a mile. Then came the internal dialogue of whats wrong with me? Why can’t I do this? I will be disappointed in myself if I stop. But then I realized that I JUST ran a marathon more than a week ago! My body carried me through that and I was capable just not today. My body just wasnt recovered enough and there was no reason to be so negative. I didn’t give up and go home but just readjusted and instead a did a run/walk for 3 miles. Not what I planned but it was something and that was enough.
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Whether its the first run after a marathon or your first time getting back into working out after many months or years or another attempt at “eating healthy” we all set out with expectations of what we think and want to do and sometimes we do not meet those expectations. And we start down the road of negative self-talk and self-doubt. We question if we are capable of what we set out to do. We get frustrated and want to give up. DO NOT GIVE UP! .
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Listen to your body and do what is best. Don’t go down that road of self-doubt. Just because you can’t do something you did a week ago, a month ago or even a year ago don’t get frustrated with yourself. Readjust, reassess and figure out what is possible for you to do. Be kind to yourself and recognize that just because you can’t do what you expected doesn’t mean you are incapable of something else. Don’t give up or give in just find another way. Keep moving. 💪🏻
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When faced with the frustration of what you expect yourself and body to do versus what actual happens what do you do?

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