Being aware of yourself
Earlier this week a woman was training for an upcoming half-marathon when she developed back pain. After her two-hour run she returned home and eventually visited the emergency room.
She then found out she was pregnant and in-labor!
There are a hundred things I could say about this...but I want to focus on how to keep yourself injury free during training. Everything starts with being aware of your own body. If you aren't paying attention to your body who is? There must have been warning signs: nausea, mode swings, fatigue, unexplained appetite changes. It takes 9 months to make a child and I suspect for most of that time she was preparing for her half marathon.
At what point did she not ask herself "should I feel this way while running?" This is a question we should all ask of ourselves EVERY time we lace up our shoes. Is this how your body should feel or are you ignoring the warnings of an important medical concern?
Be aware of how you feel; are you hydrated, are your legs responding to the exercise, how is the weather affecting you, does anything feel out of place? These are basic checks which can save you a lot of pain and frustration later in your training.
Please please please pay attention to your body during your training. The mind and body are equally necessary in a healthy lifestyle. Stay healthy, and heed warnings from your body.