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Listening to our body

One of my favorite quotes is: “Life is a marathon, not a sprint.” This is a season for me of learning how to embrace balance, both in movement and in rest. 

Our bodies are truly amazing. They do so much for us.

Running is something I have been doing consistently for the past 4 years, and I'm running my 4th half marathon next week.

Last year, in training for a 10k, I injured myself through overtraining. I pushed too hard and didn’t listen to my body, and it forced me to stop running for months. Only recently I'm getting back to  my previous pacing - a year and a half later. 

The injury resulted from pushing relentlessly in pain instead of recognizing the physical need for rest and renewal. 

So now I'm learning to train smarter; learning to LISTEN when my body is talking to me. Sure, it's true that we need to push ourselves at times to achieve the big goals we've made, but we also need to be realistic about basic physical needs. Often, we push back on the need to rest.

We believe we are stronger, better because we are busier, but we truly need the balance of rest, nutrition, sleep, and mental fitness to run the marathons in our lives well.

May we learn to celebrate both when we are movers and shakers of the world, whether that is through physical exercise, writing, and merely embracing who we are, or learning to rest in the stillness of God.

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