Hello boys and girls,
I’ve missed you! It’s been a bat crazy past week of life stuff going down… nod your head “yes” that you totally get life stuff..
kid birthdays back to back and trying to juggle in celebrating everyone, my anniversary ( say go me for rockin’ it with an amazing and awesome dude for 31 years… yeah I was a child bride 😉 then I’ve been cleaning out years of… stuff…. ( I have another word for it but I’ll keep it nice here 😉 at my parents house.
My mom passed away last year and it’s something I haven’t rushed but my dad’s health is declining so the idea is to make things as minimal as possible for him.. anyway… another blog topic for another time….
Oh, yeah, and my blog. I love talking to all of you, and I totally miss when I’m not here with you.
But, here’s the caveat, I don’t wanna just throw anything at you to get something “out there”. If you’re gonna take your time to read, I want to hopefully offer something that will entertain you, make you think, challenge you, or motivate and encourage you to do something. Maybe at times, if I’m successful, I’ll be thought provoking.
Now… on with the show….
You know how much I love to run.
It is hands down, one of the biggest things that makes me feel
rode hard and put up wet alive. Not just alive, it makes me feel strong and powerful. It’s built an amazing confidence in me. There’s nothing that makes you feel more empowered than knowing you can run for miles. The beauty of running is that constant challenge against yourself, the striving and pushing to know you can always go back out and try and top what you’ve done.
You… are your biggest competitor.
If you’ve followed me, then you know I had a lot of racing activity in March, pretty much the culmination of months of training.
I logged close to 1K training miles from August thru end of February… I’ve never been leaner or more fit in my life. I love being in the peak of training…. alas… it’s not a place you can stay. Intellectually, I know my body needs down time and plenty of time to rebuild and repair after such intense work.
Mentally, it’s a different ball game… I feel somewhat stir crazy coming off all those miles.
And then… it happened… or appeared… that pain in my heel. If you’re a runner, you already know what I did. I plowed right through it and kept running. I pushed it off as nothing, rested a lil, planned another run… and that’s when it really started bothering me.
No. Just…. no.
The idea of being sidelined was something that hurt me all over. So I’ve been off it for a couple weeks. Oh, I haven’t been lazy. Being doing some cycling and hitting the weights pretty hard… it’s just not….. running.
I’ve missed it SO bad.
I feel over the top jealous seeing runners on the road. I scan over running posts on my Facebook page….and race recaps… I don’t wanna see….
is there nothing more like throwing salt in a wounded runners wound than seeing all that stuff while you’re not running ?
I have goals for this year. Some smaller races and definitely a year end marathon… I don’t have time for this….
So, I’m planning a short run ( I will have done it by the time you’re reading this… I’m writing this tonight but running tomorrow…bonus points if you sort that out 😉
My plan… slow and easy….pray things feel ok…. and totally enjoy being out there again. Not to mention, I’ve been craving a really long run like a junkie craves crack. Not yet…..
Slow baby, slow.
Do you relate? It’s so hard being at this awesome level of fitness then having to just come…..down…. I hate it… if I can be so bold. But I also know, I can get there again.
So,off I’ll go praying and hoping for the best. I’ll keep you posted.
Tell me how you’ve coped with forced down time ? Have you learned anything in it ? Do you think in some way, it made you stronger ? What tips would you share with a runner waiting to get back out there ?
4 thoughts on “Running, Or Lack Thereof”
I think battling through down time makes you a stronger runner, mentally…and to have mental strength as a runner is key. Take this time to do the ‘other’ things you enjoy so that your body can get the much deserved rest it needs! xo!
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I sprained my ankle playing soccer and was forced to take six weeks off. Nothing. No running, no walking. It was hard mentally but I think that once I did get back I was a better runner. don’t let it beat you. Let it help you.
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Congrats on the anniversary!!! 31 years is special. I’ve actually been off running for nearly 10 days now but know it is preparing my body for some big goals I’m chasing and I’ll need all I’ve got. That’s how I stay sane during down time. I focus on the end game 🙂
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Ughhhh I’m still practicing that!