In the last little while I've been doing a lot of thinking about recovery and how I'm going to get myself up and running as fast as possible between my half and full marathons at the Goofy Challenge in January.
However, due to an unfortunate run-in (literally) with a metal bus stop pole the other day I have been forced to switch my thoughts to recovery of a different kind. The kind where you have to totally rest and let your poor shaken-up brain heal and get back to normal.
It's only been a couple days and I am already feeling much better, but it's been a gross little recovery. I didn't realize just how affected your brain can be by a good bonk like that. In the past few days I have been groggy, dizzy, nauseous, headache-y, ultra sensitive to light, tired and slow. Not to mention stiff and sore from the whiplash-like effect of bouncing my body off a metal pole headfirst.
I've been doing a whole lot of resting and not much else. And clearly that is what my poor little brain needs. I am astounded by how tired I am. I slept a good portion of yesterday and had great, deep, long sleeps both nights and I'm still tired. Just like the doctor said, rest is what the brain needs to heal.
It makes me realize - if getting lots of rest can heal my brain from a mild injury and all the associated grogginess, headaches, dizziness etc. then just think of how important getting regular good sleep is to the healthy body. It's something I've been thinking about lately and I know I need to improve. I'm a night owl and find it tough to go to bed early even when I know that my body needs it.
So while this concussion has not been a welcome occurrence, maybe getting all the rest I need to heal will start me off on a better foot to getting the kind of rest I need on a regular basis.
Thanks so much to all who have left comments and shown concern. It's been a yucky little injury but a pretty funny incident to describe to everyone. I appreciate you all reaching out and checking in to see how I'm doing.