daily life health

Sick and tired

Thursday, 22 September 2016

sleepycat

I’ve been out since last Thursday. Blocked nose, zero energy, stomach feels ‘off’ (I always feel a cold in the stomach, not sure it’s normal or unusual). I don’t get sick very often, maybe once a year, if that, so it’s been an “interesting” week. I’ve tried to run twice but mostly just been doing nothing. Listening to podcasts, reading books, chilling with the kids, watching Aussie MasterChef, pondering the meaning of life.

I have missed exercise but because I just have not had any energy, I have not lamented the lack of it. I figure the body needs to rest.

The whole experience has made me realise how tired I normally am. Even when I’m not sick. How I’m just not getting enough sleep and am constantly rushing around.

Some things will have to change. I will have to change some things. I have to prioritise sleep. There’s just no point in training hard if you don’t recover ‘hard’ as well.

I did even for a few moments think about giving up Crossfit altogether. A totally, completely insane thought, but it just shows how lethargic I’ve been. I thought how much more relaxed life would be if I didn’t rush to Crossfit all the time…

But I bloody love that place and what it does to my body and my self-confidence.

Then I considered switching Crossfit boxes to something nearby so I could go on weekends and have my rest days during the week when I’m in the office.

But I bloody love my box and the people there.

So what’s going to go?

Rubbish evening TV is going to go.

Being online until bedtimeΒ is going to go.

Eating until bedtime is going to go.

I’m going to read more, listen to podcasts more, blog more.

Hopefully all of that will mean I’ll fall asleep faster. Anything faster than an hour would be great. Sometimes it takes me 2 hours but let’s hope those times don’t return anytime soon.

Today I’m feeling 80% back to normal. Still not ready for Crossfit though. On Sunday I’m supposed to run the Ealing Half Marathon but I think I’m sitting this one out. It makes me a bit sad as I love that race and wanted to go for a new PB but I’m just not in shape for that after the week I’ve had. And I cannot run a race ‘for fun’ i.e. slowly. Unless I’m pacing someone I don’t see the point. Training runs are for fun, races are for pushing yourself to the max.

So I’m going to continue chilling out. I’m going to continue reading the Rosie Project and Reasons to stay alive. I’m going to continue listening to the Mind Muscle Project and Barbell Shrugged podcasts. I might even get me one of those colouring books to colour in while I’m listening – at the moment I play Tetris – I feel my brain needs to do something repetitive while I’m listening.

I have not been this inactive for a long time but I feel like this needs to happen right now. That right now is not the time to push myself. The body’s tired and has told me to chill. I shall listen to the body.

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  • Rebecca Saturday, 24 September 2016 at 16:54

    Get Well Soon!

    • MrsB Monday, 26 September 2016 at 10:51

      Thank you. I think I’m finally getting there.

  • Jem Friday, 23 September 2016 at 16:02

    Gaz is a night owl and since we’ve been married / living together I’ve gone from 9pm bedtimes to 11pm+ bedtimes (and I’m not doing anything constructive – just watching TV or dicking about online) so I feel you on the tiredness. I need to get used to just taking myself off to bed again.

    Ps. hope you feel better soon x

    • MrsB Monday, 26 September 2016 at 10:51

      I informed MrB that from now on I’ll be in bed reading from 9pm onwards so if he comes home at 9 and wants to watch TV, he’s on his own. ;P

  • Anna @AnnaTheApple Friday, 23 September 2016 at 12:44

    I have to say, sleep is the one thing I always priorities. I get up ridiculously early in the week (5am) so I make sure I’m in bed at 9pm. I have a well-organised sleep routine so my body is pretty much ready to fall asleep quite quickly. That said, I have a very unstressful life and no kids so it’s quite easy for me to do! Feel better soon!

    • MrsB Monday, 26 September 2016 at 10:53

      I did everything ‘right’ last night and went to be at 9:30 and it took me more than 2 hours to fall asleep :| I just start thinking about EVERYTHING when I lie down and am no longer rushing around. I have not made it to 7am Crossfit since last winter :(

  • Katie Groome Friday, 23 September 2016 at 09:21

    I really struggle with rest and like you, tend to run myself ragged and I’m terrible for pretty much eating/faffing online all evening.
    However, our bodies can only do/take so much and I’m very sure you’ll come back even stronger after a week off.
    Do the stuff you love, we only get one chance..

    • MrsB Monday, 26 September 2016 at 10:54

      I’ve done a lot less faffing online and eating until 9pm last week and it’s totally doable. There really is no need to refresh Instagram every 20 seconds :) AND I won’t die if I don’t eat until I go to bed.