"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? ... So use every part of your body to give glory back to God..." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Importance of Recovering.

Recovery is very important. Recovery for running is usually skipped. "Hey, I got my run in." we say to ourselves as we continue on in our day. We often do not take the time to stretch, roll, ice, hydrate or even add healing nutrition to our post runs.

I knew I was going to need a good recovery after my long run at Indian Springs this afternoon. We had another great turn out. Jama, Heidi, Fritz and Ken showed up to run.

As we took off Heidi and Jama took the lead. I am not sure if they got caught up in chatting or what but they were moving. I was concerned with Heidi maintaining that pace for her 14 miler. Jama was only running 10 but tacking on another 4 miles could drop a wall on you.

Other than the cold, the weather was really perfect. Ok, that's a lie, the wind on the first mile busted my chops.

I was able to get in 17 miles today.
Distance: 17.9
Time: 2h 32min

  • knees were achy first few miles and last couple miles
  • Stupid broken toe..UGH. nagging, irritating pain in the...TOE!.
This is one of my recovery gems. The salts have Eucalyptus and Menthol to help with the aches and pains of a long run.
    Hebrews 12:1-2
  "Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2)fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God"

Recovery in LIFE:
We all have "Stuff" that we are recovering from. Living day to day life we are going to get beat up a little bit if not a lot. Most of us are in some form of recovery without even thinking about it. We are recovering from finances, a hurtful relationship, a lossed loved one or maybe we are recovering from some bad choices that we have made. Whatever the circumstance recovering in a healthy manner allows us to grow and heal. RECOVERY is a response to something hurtful. For me today it was running 17 miles. But in order for me to run well tomorrow I need to recover well after my run today. Because the bigger picture is being healthy for Boston in April.
We are going to experience MANY issues in life. But there is a BIGGER picture. See my Bigger picture is that I want to lead people to Christ. I want to be Christ like. I want to be a good wife and a good mother. I have several bigger pictures. Therefore I have to move through the pains of life allowing myself to recover and get back out there and try again. The best way for me to recover is to Seek God with all my heart and all my soul.

What is YOUR bigger Picture?
How do you allow yourself to recover? Are you choosing healthy ways of recovering?



  1. I worry that you don't allow YOURSELF to recover! You put in a lot of miles, speedwork, hills, more miles... i get concerned about you but you always manage;-) my recovery is definitely stretch and ice as needed, a yummy meal (what that is depends on the season!) & just maybe a nap;-) my bigger picture - similar to yours - be Christ-like, good wife, mom,daughter etc. and RUN until i am 80+ lol:-D hey - i even braved the cold today - 4 milesOUTSIDE - couldn't take another day indoors...

  2. No worries Danielle. I rested yesterday. I didn't even do the squats I wanted to do. It is too cold to run outside. I just let that idea go!