That is what my body was telling me on Monday but I choose to power through the week then ended up sick & on the couch all day on Friday. Thankfully I could rest with my boys at VBS all morning and 2 sweet friends who took the boys home for me after VBS. Though I wasn't horribly sick, I needed some rest & medicine. Summer break isn't the ideal time for moms to get sick- many of us are home with kids needing supervision and entertainment.
Needless to say, my work-out schedule was not a success this week. This was disappointing because I was so excited to have my mornings free to run since my boys were attending VBS at a local church.
Monday- I woke up Monday morning with a sore throat but figured I would feel better as the day went on. I took the boys to VBS- I think there were about 2000 children in attendance. I wanted to go for a 7-8 mile run but as soon as I left the neighborhood I felt like I had to "go to the bathroom"- I hate when that happens. So I stayed close to home and only logged in about 5 miles. Afterwards, I started cleaning & laundry before picking up the boys from VBS. Later in the afternoon I took my oldest to a free indoor hockey clinic.
Tuesday- My husband and I planned to go to the track on Tuesday night. He gave up a tennis match in order to keep our track "date". So I didn't need to work-out when the boys were at VBS. I scheduled a coffee date with a woman from church. After VBS, I had a 1 1/2 hour conference call with our financial planner. I then took the boys to the dentist at 2:30 pm- no cavities! When Glenn got home at 6 pm, I was tired from the day but also from my cold. But I knew I could power through our track time- we were only doing 4x800s. We took the boys and the dog. It was a fun way to spend the night as a family.
Wednesday- I was suppose to run at 5 am with my friends but I canceled it knowing that I wasn't feeling great and I was scheduled to teach at church that morning. I wanted to make sure I had enough rest so that I could be fresh for bible study. My throat was still sore.... before VBS I rescued a small snake who was wrapped in a band aid (weird story), boys got a ride to/from VBS from a friend who witnessed the snake rescue, taught a 2 hour bible study class on quiet time, had a lunch play date with a girlfriend and her 2 daughters, then dog training class for Desi.
Thursday- I got up at 7 am to do a 40 minute yoga tape. It felt good to stretch and strengthen- I planned a long run on Friday. After VBS drop-off, I had a breakfast with a friend, then meet with a roofer about our 17 year old roof. I picked up boys from VBS, quickly went to buy used indoor hockey skates for Matt, drop boys at friend's house so I could attend an afternoon tea with Jake's teacher & other parents. Later that night, I went to a book club for "The Story" at a girlfriend's house and didn't get home until 10 pm.
Friday- When Friday morning came along I woke up feeling yucky. My run was definitely canceled, along with the play dates I had scheduled for my boys. Luckily both moms could have the play dates at their houses so I would have a few more hours to rest from my cold. After dropping the boys at VBS, I had to go to Target for some groceries. When checking out, I dropped a glass jar of salsa on the ground- it splattered everywhere. No one was hurt and the Target people were very friendly and helpful- I was very embarrassed but really just tired and looking forward to some much needed rest. I spent the rest of the afternoon, drinking hot tea and water while watching old episodes of "Bones". I played solitaire on my Nook and took a little nap. Matt spent the night at his friend's house so Glenn, Jake and I watched "Thor" on Netflix while eating Boli pizza.
Saturday- I woke up this morning feeling a whole lot better. I spent my morning on the pool deck with the Lord, praying & reading my Bible. I realized that I just didn't listen to my body and kept pushing when I should have rested. Sometimes I do the same thing in my spiritual life- instead of just waiting, resting, listening for the Lord, I sometimes choose to push ahead of Him and His plans for me. I get anxious for things to happen and start to move when I should stay or act when I need to wait. When that happens I usually end up exhausted and tired- needing some spiritual rest. I could stay myself some time and energy by being obedient in the first place- relying on His timing and listening to His voice.
I shared my "crazy-detailed" schedule with you because I bet you can relate- we are all so busy, running from here to there. In order for my "running schedule" to stay in tact, I need to slow down in my day to day schedule. I need to get lots of rest and good nutrition which will help my body stay strong and not get run down. The same goes with my "spiritual schedule"- I need to prioritize time with God so that I can have more peace, patience, kindness, and direction in my life. To stay strong spiritual I need to protect my time with God- make a daily commitment to be in His Word.
Malachi 2:16 says "So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith."
I thought our summer time schedule would be easier, less hectic- this week has proven me wrong. How do you keep yourself from becoming run down physically and/or spiritually?