Balance... it's a law. We are all a part of this law and balance plays a key role in it. Energy is never lost... why? It's because it's always transferred somewhere else, and goes out in some form... but it never dies... instead it changes appearance or moves further outward. Same goes with how everything else works. There is always some sort of balance... an equilibrium that has to... just BE.
In the same way, our body has it's natural balance system. The water level balances itself, and when we are in need of water, our body lets us know that we need it by giving us this 'thirsty' feeling. We quench that thirst by drinking some sort of beverage and our body feels satisfied because the thirsty feeling is gone and we've replenished our water supply. We call this balance of the body homeostasis where the first part of the word, homeo, means 'same' or 'similar' and the second part, stasis, means 'standing still'. Together, it defines how our body system naturally balances itself out, keeping our whole self regulated in the way it ought to be.
Now although it's important to know that there are so many things in the body that is regulated and made to be balanced (like temperature, calcium level, and many others) I'd like to talk about how your body is balanced according to what you eat and what you do. Now I've gone off how important it is to watch what you eat and what you do... but here I go again.
Over the past few weeks, I've upped my running into being more of a daily thing rather than a 4 times a week kind of deal. Although time-wise, it's great to do the 4 times a week, but over the course of my research and studies, I've found that as an ultra runner, it's important to me to make it more of a daily deal and little by little improve myself. I've also recently added a wonderful 100 day transformation workout, which added a whole lot of upper body workouts that I wasn't used to. However, I believe that as an ultra runner, it's important to balance your whole body and keep everything strong... which means that my life needs to be dedicated to keeping every part of my body in the best physical while running extreme distances. If I did not run, the muscles would build and I would definitely build a stronger upper torso due to my training. However, with the running I've done, my body is more lean, and is now a little more chiseled. It's nice to see how training affects you, and right now, I've actually lost weight.
Whatever you do, your body will adjust as best as possible and as fast as possible, and work to getting you to where you're capable of handling whatever you're doing. In doing so, my health level has gone up dramatically.
Today, I was able to go out for an 8.02 mile run in 57:38, an average of 7:10 min/mile. I was surprised that I was at that point because I didn't really run too hard (til the end...) but where I'm at now, that's a good thing because it means that I'm getting used to this pace as well as this consistent running. Little by little, I'm turning into a beast. Little by little, I'm getting to a point where I'll be able to run that 100 mile race. (afterwards, I played floor hockey for about an hour and a half... kind of was sore, but got through)