Hi! I’m Kris and I blog over at Canadian Girl Runs! I’m a fellow Albertan runner who lives in Edmonton and enjoys everything from trail running to road cycling to lifting weights. I’m a girl who thrives on adventure, and can be found most weekends hiking, trail running, or just getting as much fresh air as possible.

When Jen asked me to guest on her blog while she was traveling (lucky duck), I was in the middle of one of the most stressful weeks of my life. My running had fallen to the wayside and I had very little energy or motivation to get myself to the gym. That’s when I realized… THAT’S OKAY. In the span of a week, I moved into a new apartment, started a new job, and finished grad school by defending my Masters thesis to a panel of academic professors. One of the most important things I think we can do for our bodies is to listen to them. My mind was running a million miles a minute, I wasn’t sleeping well, and I could tell it was taking a toll on my body.

Acknowledging stress isn’t easy. I tend to ignore my body sometimes and feel like I “should” be exercising, or I should be using a day off for a long run or a double workout. I figure that if I can’t sleep I should be getting up and at the gym earlier then, right? An evening after work means I should be fitting a run in, right? It’s easier to feel guilty for missing a training session or not following through on a run you intended to do, but for overall health and wellbeing, acknowledge your stress. I promise you won’t lose the fitness level you’ve worked hard for…

This is an excerpt from the article Acknowledging Stress which originally appeared on http://www.prettylittlegrub.com/.