Back in 2012, I had been training for a few years and had built myself up from starting to run (zero to 5k) to running half marathons and marathons. By the time this photo was taken in May 2012, I’d run a couple of marathons and was feeling great.
But what I didn’t realise then was that I had probably been overtraining and was becoming ill as a result of it. I was the lightest I’ve ever been, but I was probably training too much and not fuelling enough.
I was in the best physical shape of my life probably, but I was burnt out and done in. I eventually burnt out a bit and had to take some time out. I needed to learn how to relax, take time out and get balance in my life.
I’ve written about a lovely lady Norma I used to know up to my mid twenties. https://lornpearsontrains.co.uk/2014/06/27/goodbye-norma-x/
My Dad’s practice nurse, Norma was a lovely lady. She had been married to Edward, a sailor in the navy, and they had three kids. Edward passed away before I knew her, but I was lucky enough to get to know her and spend time with her in my late teens and early twenties.
My Dad that Norma was such a special lady, said ‘she didn’t just call a spade a spade, she called it a bloody shovel!’
Back then, Norma saw how busy and active I was, how I was burning the candle at both ends and she scolded me in a very friendly way – ‘you’re like a train without a driver’. There was no balance in my life, it was all go go go. No time to stop and smell the roses.
And those are the main reasons I stop and take time out nowadays. Norma’s influence on me, and my aim of being as healthy as I can be.
Remembering Norma and her no nonsense words. How she had a lovely garden and did it up well. Remembering how she dealt with and managed having leukaemia until she passed away a couple of years ago. She seemed to have learned through life that some things are much more important than others.
Now I place an importance on my health. That means keeping fit and healthy and active, but it also means rest, taking time out and having fun (which doesn’t need to be exercise and stress).
Breakfasts out, like we did today. A sunny Sunday rest day… out for breakfast in the west end. Walks in the park… like we did today… enjoying the weather, the sights (the flowers and trees and blossom), sitting and watching the world go by.
Gardening, being creative, doing diy, making our house a home. Being social. Flying my kite when it’s windy. All these things help to make life fun.
I’m sitting here in our garden (which we designed, built and grew), the sun shining down. The birds are tweeting around us. We’ve got a little bluetit family nested in one of the bushes in our garden. Our little plants and garden are growing and thriving.
So I think I’ve managed to get my balance. I work hard, (in work and with exercise), I indulge with food when I want to. I take rest, time out and holidays regularly. And I often take time out to listen to the birdies (or smell the roses).
Do you take time out to relax and get balance in your life? Do you overtrain or buzz around at 200 miles an hour looking after other people in your life – burn yourself out, and wonder why you feel like crap?
Maybe it’s time you stopped and listened to your body and mind, and put the driver in the cabin of the train and get some balance back?
I think I might have an ice cream soon if the sun keeps shining.