I hope that everyone's week is going well. I'm not quite back to 100% yet, but I am feeling much better. I've committed myself to resting so that my body can fully heal.
I believe that we (mainly myself) can take resting and gettting enough sleep for granted. Think about it. It's not very hard to do. You get caught up in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of living. And you may or may not have additional pulls on you like a child(ren), hubby or significant other, a demanding career, etc etc. All of these can sometimes result in us putting rest/sleep on the bottom end of our to-do list.
Unfortunately, this lack of can lead or add to problems with our health. I've listed a few of the things that can result from a rest/sleep deprivation.
Let's delve a little more into the body repairing itself:
" T-cells or “T lymphocytes” are white blood cells that have a key purpose in the immune system called “cell-mediated immunity”. These cells identify and attack any body cells that are infected with viruses or otherwise identified as harmful or “non-self”. There are numerous types of T-cells with different purposes ranging from identifying dangers ( helper T-cells) to attacking infected cells."
Lack of Sleep and Fevers
For example, our bodies fight infection with fevers. “One of the things that happens when we sleep is that we can get a better fever response,” Balachandran says. “This is why fevers tend to rise at night. But if we are not sleeping, our fever reaction is not primed, so we may not be waging war on infection as best we can.”
So I've pretty much decided not to run again until next week. I'll probably end up walking for my usual Saturday run on this weekend. Given these facts, I won't participate in another race until mid-October. Usually, I'd be bummed about it but at this point in my life, I understand the importance of taking care of myself so that I can function better. So I have absolutely no problem slowing it down for awhile. The races will definitely be there when I get back to it.
Oh. Btw, if you care or were wondering "konnichihu" (pronounced "Kon-ee-chee-wa") is a Japanese word for "hello".
Hope you all are getting your rest.