September 12th, 2019

I spent my whole morning calling and emailing people today. Fun times.

As I said in my last post, I’m trying to get hired into the local Clorox plant in my town that produces cat litter. Probably not a glamorous job and after the 3 month trial period the hours aren’t great (probably going to be working overnights. Not looking forward to that), but the pay is pretty decent! But most labor Julius like this are. So that’s good!

But it sounding like I’m going to be hired on, so I am grateful for that!

Anyway, I’m finally starting to feel better today! Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were rough though. I felt terrible and I wasn’t sleeping well because I was constantly coughing. Last night was a lot better though and I was actually able to sleep. So that’s probably part of the reason I’m feeling better today! 😊

Definitely not 100% though. After literally NO running during the first half of this week I finally felt well enough to give it a shot today. So I hopped onto my treadmill and went into things with 0 expectations. Which was definitely a good thing! After 2 miles I was really tired and not in the “I’m having a really good workout” way, ya know? Probably because I am still sick. So I stopped there. Something is always better than nothing though! Plus running is a great way to clear out a snuffy nose and congested chest!

Anyway, I think I made the right decision stopping when I did. According to my Garmin I was working a lot harder than I actually was. Or than I thought I was at least. 😂

That’s the thing with being sick or injured though. You’ve kinda got to roll with things and just listen to your body. Even if that means skipping a few runs. Because more likely than not you’ll end up getting back to running faster when you give yourself the rest you need instead of trying to power through it.

But learning to actually listen to your body and know what it needs is hard! I’ve been running for 6 years now and I still get it wrong sometimes! But you do eventually start to learn. The biggest thing I look for is having a kinda sore/scratchy throat. Even if I’m not sick or anything like that. For me personally, that’s always an indication that I need to back off! And once I do the sore/scratchy throat feeling goes away. I just think it’s interesting how connected the WHOLE body really is, and that something as small as a sore throat can be an indication that you’re pushing too hard. Or just need a little bit of extra rest or whatever.

Anyway, just a quick little update for today!

Until next time,

~Ashley

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