I stayed home from work today for the first time in well over a year. Something has been off with me lately. I started noticing it about a week ago. My body and I are sort of pals, we tell each other everything. I say sort of pals, because she tells me things and I often turn around and ignore her.
I am a bad friend that way.
Lately, my body has been telling me it is completely and utterly exhausted. This has transferred over to my attitude and I have been irritable and just not quite myself. I have been craving foods full of fat and sugar, and have given in to many of those cravings this week. I have also continued to push myself on my runs, even though my body is yelling "cut me some slack already!"
Last night, I went to the gym to do a tempo run on the treadmill. I was overwhelmingly fatigued so I decided to recline my seat and close my eyes for just a moment before I went inside. A minute went by, then 10, then 30! I fell asleep in my car, parked in the parking garage. Is this normal? I think, NOT. This should have been enough indication that today was just not my day, but being the stubborn Taurus I am I walked my butt into the gym and grabbed ahold of the first treadmill I could find.
I started running and it felt like I was at mile 25 of a marathon (not that I know what that feels like yet). I tried and I tried to muster up the energy to complete my tempo run, but I had to cut it short. I was drenched in sweat, which is pretty uncommon for me, and I felt nauseous. If you're wondering if I was dehydrated the answer is NO. I was a good girl and drank a lot of fluids that day. I called it quits and headed back to my car.
Of course I was frustrated, because hello, I am training for a marathon... this can't happen! Hopefully today's rest was enough to get me back on track. I haven't been taking my iron supplement, and I think that may be part of the problem. I have iron deficiency anemia, but with a supplement I am usually fine.
While I was home today Frida (my fur baby) was a cuddly ball of love. I think she sensed that I wasn't well because she was on her best behavior all day, cuddling with me and softly pushing her paws on my tummy.
Today served as a little reminder: When our body needs rest, we must fulfill its wishes! If we keep pushing and pushing our engine will eventually blow out. Be a good friend to your body and listen to what it says.