Feeling Flat ….. How Stress Effects the Body

There are so many ups and downs of a typical training cycle. Two weeks ago, I was flying high, hitting my numbers and ran the “easiest” 20 miler I’ve ever run.  This week, I’m quite literally sinking in the pool.   My butt is dragging.

I'm Tired

I swam this morning and should currently be on the treadmill knocking out my tempo run.  But I’m stalling. Trying to figure out if I should run or not.  Of course, I’m going to run but should I try for the tempo pace?  That is the question.  I’m tired and well, I have an angry hamstring that popped up out of nowhere.  Sad smile

To be honest, I expected to be fresh this week.  I had 3 forced rest days (SAT, SUN & MON) because the little guy was in the hospital with pneumonia.  He is doing much better now.  Still weak but improving every day.  His biggest complaint at this point is that his back hurts (from the hospital bed, or maybe the pneumonia?) and that he can’t run as fast as he used to before he got sick.  Give it some time, Buddy.  Just a little time.  As for myself, I’m guessing that hanging out with the little guy in the hospital and being stressed/worried about him was probably more daunting on my mind and body than I realized.  I’m back on schedule & trying to follow my plan.  I expected to knock out one more killer week before pulling back next week to recharge for the Rock N Roll New Orleans Marathon on 2/28.  But alas,  I’m just tired.  And my back hurts too!  And one of my hamstrings is on strike.  So I’m just slogging thru the week.  Not pushing at all.  I’m trying to focus on getting some extra rest, making sure I get extra nutrients, and hoping that I’ll bounce back next week while I’m “tapering” for RNRNOLA.

It’s important to realize that events in our lives effect our bodies.  A stress reaction is real.  Stress takes a toll on the mind and body.  You might feel fatigued, get sick, have stomach issues or stress eat (that’s me!).  Long term stress can do some serious damage if we are unable to manage it properly.  Please see the awesome graphic below from Life Advantage.  Go HERE to see the full article on how stress can effect the body.   

Stress Effects on Body

Bottom line, give yourself a break when your body is rebelling.  Look at what’s happened in life for the last couple weeks if something “new” has popped up.  Don’t stress about not feeling great.  Just focus on what you can do to improve the situation.  Sleep and making sure you get lots of fruits & veggies to up the nutrients in your body is so important.  Drink lots of water to flush all the toxins.  Avoid caffeine & alcohol.  Exercise.  Don’t push hard on the workouts but get the blood flowing and you’ll be back to normal before you know it.

** Cheers – Amanda – TooTallFritz **