Moaning to my running coach the other week, I couldn’t quite explain why all of a sudden running was just a laborious chore. My legs were fine. No sustaining injuries (touch wood).
So how did I go from nailing 3 half marathons and a couple of other fun runs to nada? Nyet. Nix.
Her answer ended up being my question.
“Grace, you’ve just done 3 half marathons. Give yourself a break!”
I hadn’t given myself a chance to sit back and reflect. Or recover.
Zoey reminded me just how much mental effort it takes sometimes to run 21 kms, a household or just life in general.
Mah brain be all pooped out.
Around this time last year, life was frantic with a part time sales job. I was also gung ho about training for a marathon then my plans went ker-splat around the time my ankle did.
When mentioning to a colleague at the time (who also happens to be a naturopath) how weird it was that my ankle just suddenly caved in, she said matter of fact, “You were obviously exhausted but your brain didn’t realise it.”
I don’t know about you but I am freaking out that after today, we only have 9 Fridays till Christmas. Eek!
For me, there tends to be a frantic crescendo of personal dramas and misgivings around this time of year that carry through to Christmas.
The scale of frantic may measure differently in all our lives but the struggle is real just the same.
I have no solutions on how to deal with the exhaustion or stress. (Man, I’m still trying to figure out to stop my eye twitch. I hear magnesium helps).
But I will just say, let’s all be aware and kind to ourselves these coming months.
Let’s just get to Christmas with as little tired brain as possible.
If anything, this post is a self reminder to keep my mental energy on reserves; to stay focused on what I can control and let go of what I can’t.
What’s your solution for mental fatigue? Got one for eye twitches? Ready for Christmas?
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