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  1. Jen
    December 20, 2012

    I love this post! I realized as I was doing a “do something every day for 2 weeks” challenge for the second time, that some days I shouldn’t be doing anything — I should just be resting completely. I love the support you feel when doing a challenge, but I do think it can push you outside your safety zone physically, so it’s a delicate balance. For now, I’m avoiding any fitness challenges that involve doing anything every day!
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      I totally agree Jen. Whether with this yoga challenge or even other fitness challenges, I started to feel “bad” about taking rest days when really, our bodies need rest too!

  2. Danica Martin
    December 20, 2012

    Sorry to hear you’ve injured yourself again, but proud of you for pushing yourself. If we don’t push ourselves we remain stagnant! :) Danica
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Thanks Danica. I agree that we need to push ourselves and continue to challenge ourselves but I think that it has to be for the right reason, no? For ourselves versus just to prove something. Hope you are well and happy holidays!

  3. Miz
    December 20, 2012

    this is reason #1 why I never do challenges.
    (whispers) especially plank a day.

    BIG HUGS FROM THE ATX.
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Smart lady :-)

  4. Andrea
    December 20, 2012

    I think challenges are good to start you off on the right foot… but comparing yourself to others and pushing yourself in a bad way is no good. I think your new year of no challenges will be a great one :-)
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Thanks Andrea!

  5. Erica { EricaDHouse.com }
    December 20, 2012

    Lol – I love your doctors response. I hope your hamstring is feeling fine now! I’m also so ridiculously competitive with myself I can push past my limits. One wake up call for me this year has been realizing that and I hope to continue respecting my body and listening to it more in 2013!
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Yes, my doctor feels free to speak his mind. haha. It’s also because he’s a friend of my sister and so he doesn’t feel the need to hold back with me. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2013!

  6. Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family
    December 20, 2012

    I think that this post is one a lot of people should read. We tend to push ourselves so hard which can have really negative consequences. Props to you for listening to your body!
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Thanks my friend. I’ve gotten better about listening to my body in some realms but not others. Work in progress, right?

  7. Kierston
    December 20, 2012

    I had a hamstring injury last year that left me without running for 4 months. It took me about 2 months to even walk again without pain.

    Heal up and take good care

    xo
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Thank you my friend. It actually is feeling a bit better but I’m trying to give it enough time to heal.

  8. Alison
    December 20, 2012

    Oh dude, OUCH. I’ve done that before when doing a very deep seated forward bend (I quite liked the idea of being totally folded in half, I know, weird). I couldn’t practice for nearly a week.

    Feel better soon, and yay for working with your body and your needs/ wants.

    Happy Holidays!
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Not weird at all. I like the idea of being totally folded in half too. Maybe part of the reason I’m in this pickle :-)

  9. Lisa @ RunWiki
    December 20, 2012

    I have never done a fitness challenge… I know crazy but, sometimes my life is so overwhelmingly busy the thought of adding one more thing is just too daunting… even if it’s only a few minutes of my time. Hope you’re doing well…. I have been taking a small break from blogs and SM to spend more quality time with my family. xoxo
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Not crazy at all. There’s no reason to ad something on top of an already hectic life or to do a challenge just to do it, you know? I’m glad that you are spending quality time with your family and unplugging. Happy holidays my friend. xoxo

  10. Sara @ fitcupcaker
    December 20, 2012

    My friend teaches yoga and she has some stupid crazy moves! They are so flexible!

  11. Sara @ fitcupcaker
    December 20, 2012

    I am always up for a challenge! I try to go beyond my limits usually :)
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  12. Kat
    December 20, 2012

    Lol your Doc made me lol. It’s funny because sometimes I feel like I hurt myself more likely when running!
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  13. Jess
    December 20, 2012

    Ok so I have to say, while this is an excellent reminder to always listen to your OWN body when it comes to challenging yourself in new ways, I totally admire your desire to always challenge yourself…I’m WITH you on the Type A thing and totally get how you’d wind up caught up in the worldwind of the yoga-pose-a-day challenge thing, I am sure I would’ve done the same without intentionally doing so too. BUT I love what this taught you — to look inward more, but also to remember that you are very strong, in your own unique way, embrace that even more my friend!
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Thank you Jess. I agree that challenges are great and pushing yourself is great if it comes from within versus trying to prove something or outdo someone else. But you’re right – it has taught me to look inward more and to respect my strength.

  14. misszippy
    December 20, 2012

    So bummed this happened to you! There was a whole article on the NYT last year on the topic of people pushing too hard in yoga and getting hurt. You are surely in good company.

    Your pictures are beautiful–you look so strong!

    Heal quickly!
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      I remember reading that article and was one of the first things that came to mind. It’s funny because I do a great job keeping myself in check when I’m in class at a yoga studio but I guess I get into trouble when I’m left to my own devices. Luckily, my hamstring feels better and I’m going to give myself some more time to heal.

  15. Amanda @ Run Principessa
    December 20, 2012

    Oh the type A will get me EVERY FREAKING TIME. I’m trying to be smarter about how I approach fitness. But yeah, I usually start challenges (or 4 at a time) and then push myself until I feel awful. Super smart, right? Feel better my friend! :)
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      haha. Glad to hear that I’m not alone :-)

  16. Michelle
    December 20, 2012

    You mean like throwing myself into an extreme cardio conditioning program after months of doing nothing and suffering one asthma attack after the other? Yeah, I do stupid tricks like this all the time. I hope your hamstring feels better.
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Oh Michelle – we are kindred spirits :-)
      Hamstring, thankfully, is feeling better.

  17. Devon
    December 20, 2012

    Oh man. I’m sure you’ll heal up in no time. Your doctor sounds like a character. I went to yoga for the first time last week thinking it was going to be easy. Man did I look ridiculous. That stuff is much harder than I though. You look like a pro to me.

  18. Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb
    December 20, 2012

    Hear hear. I’ve been so tempted to join in. Quite honestly I’ve stayed away since I have very little experience and don’t want to look like an idiot. But you also hit the nail on the head. I’m not ready for many of the poses. Yoga is something I want to fall into not push into. Great post.
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Yes – “yoga is something I want to fall into not push into.” So perfectly said. And it’s definitely my own fault for putting myself in that position and being stubborn.

  19. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    December 20, 2012

    Oh, no!! Fortunately (or unfortunately) I am not the most flexible person and have avoided the yoga challenges because, like you, I am a competitive person and know I would get hurt. But I can’t get myself into most of those positions in the first place, so I was too tempted to try. In general, though, I do jump on board with fitness challenges and need to pay more attention to what is good for ME. Is it something that will heal quickly?
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Thankfully, it’s feeling better now and not too sore. I going to lay off it a little bit and try to pay more attention to me.

  20. lindsay
    December 20, 2012

    ahhh you speaking to me! that’s how i am with running and it’s hard not to go after it. Lesson learned, no challenges. Only self awareness.
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Yes, I also have the problem with running – seeing everyone running X miles at X pace and PRs. It makes me want to get after it so badly but I know that I can’t, not yet. A challenge-less future?

  21. Jonathan Aluzas
    December 20, 2012

    I push past where I should in my training but not in a way that can cause injury. In general, I’ve learned what I can and can’t do in training, and my notion of pushing past means going beyond exhaustion instead of straying near to injury.

    I’m going to try to integrate one yoga class a week to help with flexibility. Until then, any trick I do is stupid.
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      See, this is my problem – I think that I know what my limits are i.e. to stay away from injury but then I’m stubborn and when those alarms go off in my head, sometimes I ignore them. Terrible. I look forward to hearing about your experience with yoga.

  22. uglyrunnerfeet
    December 20, 2012

    I’m working on finding the balance of pushing, but not pushing too hard! I’ve been doing yoga for a little over a year and I’m still fairly inflexible, though I am getting better! I was just getting to headstands before I had surgery and been scared to try them since because of the incision on my neck. (Note to self, must clear that w/ doctor next visit). I do love me a good pigeon pose though!
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      It’s definitely a delicate balance, isn’t it? Especially when we’re coming back from injury.

  23. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    December 20, 2012

    Ummmm….I totally understand this. I’ve tried many of the more advanced poses thinking if I just pushed a little farther it would look perfect. I tweaked my hamstrings a couple of times. Nothing intense but enough that I felt very tight and sore for at least a week. Not smart. at. all. I’m competitive and it gets the best of me. I have to keep myself in check even in yoga class.

    Hope your hammie is feeling better soon! If it means anything, I think your yoga pics are beautiful no matter how advanced. :)
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Those more advanced poses and the bendy challenges are just so enticing, aren’t they?? It’s funny though because I find that I do a better job of keeping myself in check in class. I guess I shouldn’t be left to my own devices :-) Luckily, my hamstring feels better.

      And thank you. I love all of your photos too.

  24. Ali
    December 20, 2012

    Ha! This made me laugh! You are so true in so many ways. Especially with the community on IG, easy to get caught up with it. I have to hold myself back at times. I’m glad your ligament is ok!!! I can already see progress… And, plus as I remind myself where will doing a full split get me in life ;). This is such a great post, and good for others to hear. Will publish on my FB page next week!
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Thanks Ali. It’s true – will doing a full split (or even a 1/4 of a split for me) lead me to enlightenment? ;-)

  25. Savvy Working Gal
    December 20, 2012

    It is hard not to do too much too soon. Remember the pushup-a-day challenge I participated in. Yup I was able to do more pushups at one time than ever before in my life. Now I have elbow tendonitis and have to restrict my workouts and am having trouble getting my house in order for our holiday celebration. I hope I finally learnt my lesson and in the future will focus only on what my body can do. This is the 4th time I’ve hurt myself from overdoing it. I feel your pain.

    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Oh no!! I’m so sorry about your elbow! I hope that it feels better soon. Let’s make a pack to listen to our bodies more, OK?

  26. ilene
    December 20, 2012

    Oh, Christine – I have been *there.* I hope you feel better soon! I have learned the hard way to not push my self – but then I do again and again and again, I hope your hamstring heals quickly!
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    • admin
      December 20, 2012

      Thank you my friend. Fortunately, it feels better – not 100% but getting there. Just have to remember that before I start sprinting off for a run :-)

  27. Angie Bee Hotz
    December 22, 2012

    I know I go to far so have only done a few of the crazy bendy poses. I like that the challenges motivated me to take yoga seriously instead of lamenting not running. I have been afraid that i will screw myself up so going pretty easy.

  28. Carli
    December 23, 2012

    I love the Grow Soul Beautiful challenge but haven’t been participating as of late. I have a similar issue as you, I compare myself, get upset, work harder. My issue lies in the fact that if I believe I won’t be as good or better than someone else then I give up. My follow through is horrible. Although it sounds weird I wish I had the gumption to push through until I pulled my hamstring. Only without pulling my hamstring. :)
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  29. Aruna – Young Yoga Masters
    October 21, 2013

    My only recurring injury came doing yoga and pushing too hard.

    Come to think of it, I also have a shoulder injury from using my iPhone too much after I got it.

    My yoga teacher said to find for the place between lazy and fanatical. It can be hard to find though !
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