Well I was going to recap Best Body Bootcamp week 7 which is pretty impossible this week as I’ve only worked out once! I’ve come down with a pretty bad viral infection so I have actually listened to my body and decided to take the week off!
I started the week with a 3 mile walk at home for some active rest. On Monday we flew back to Dublin and got in late and then I was straight back to work the next day. I went for a nice slow 4.5 mile run as my body didn’t feel like intervals and I wanted to get some miles in as it was a beautiful day but very cold!
I started to feel quite bad on Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning in work, I had this insane sinus headache, my ears were really playing up, I could barely hear what people were saying, so I thought I was coming down with a sinus infection.
On Thursday morning I woke up with a hideous full blown viral infection and didn’t go into work, I felt awful, so weak, feverish and achy so I just rested up all day.
I know this has been coming on for a while as I’ve felt really fatigued and run down for the last few weeks so clearly I was trying to fight something off and my body just finally gave in to it. I should have listened to the signs earlier and taken some time out, but I really wanted to complete the best body bootcamp program first. I’m just going to repeat week 7 next week instead and make the program last one week extra for myself to get the workouts in. Sometimes you just have to adapt a program to make it work for you.
On Friday I was still feeling pretty rough so I just went into work for a few hours in the evening. I felt a little brighter on Saturday but my sinuses are still really badly blocked. I’ve just been trying to get in loads of juices/smoothies and fresh fruits and veggies to help myself to recover quickly.
Today I might just go for a nice long walk, and then if I am feeling better tomorrow I will ease back into the gym, taking careful note of how I feel.
I guess I wanted to take a rest week anyway so this forced me to do that, and again signalled that I am absolutely useless at listening to my body, as the signs have been showing for the last 2-3 weeks. Sometimes I just want to do so much, that I think it’s of detriment to myself. I just have this overwhelming need to do everything i.e run 3-4 times a week, do long runs, strength train 3-4 times a week, yoga, walks, interval training, as well as working 4-5 hour shifts when I am constantly on my feet moving around and I think I just spread myself too thinly ending up in me feeling completely wrecked and burnt out.
I’ll have to reassess my exercise program after I finish best body bootcamp, I think I need to tweak a few things, to stop myself getting to the point of total burn out every few months.
Right now I’m not even anxious or guilty about missing gym sessions/runs, I know my body needs the rest and I’ll be ready to come back to exercise stronger and mentally and physically refreshed from the break.