I believe that we experience adversity so that we can learn to fight. We can learn to be resilient when challenges come our way. Apparently, I haven't learned enough yet...because I am the most injured/accident prone person I know. But that's why I am a runner. There is nothing better than fighting and getting stronger through rough times. Many people say that running is such a parallel to life. The second we are on top of the world or feel comfortable, we are given challenges. Right when I started to feel like I was getting the times that I wanted and feeling like I was getting in really good shape...I got injured. But that's okay, because I was getting sick of running anyway. Running wouldn't be as rewarding if I didn't have to fight through injuries and learn how to grow in the difficult times. So this is what my foot looks like right now:
The past 2 weeks, I have had a lot of pain in my arch when I ran. Of course, I ignored it and just kept running on it. Then, I got worried so I took a week off. After a week, the pain still persisted. So, I went into my trusty physical therapist who proclaimed today that I was his #1 patient. Seeing how I have gone to him consistently for almost 10 years for feet, hips, knees, back, ankles, neck, shoulders, etc. We are very great friends and he always jokes around saying that I should be on all of the posters for his practice, have my own private room, and even get my own VIP parking spot because of the amount of hours that I have spent in his office for my various injuries.
So for the next little while, I am going to be a faithful little patient and listen to all of the instructions....maybe.
This is what my workouts will look like:
Riding my trusty road bike. Which I love. I also have discovered how fun it is to talk on my blue tooth to Luke while riding. Being able to cruise around on my bike talking hands-free is so convenient. I always have a hard time talking on the phone because I can't sit still. Now I can just ride and talk! It's my new favorite activity!
Loooots of weight lifting. Lately, I have missed lifting. There is so much fun in creating a tough workout. Some of you may not know, but I used to be a trainer at a gym. I loooove creating new workouts and challenging myself. I haven't lifted in forever, because I was so into the marathon. Now, I can lift and tone up more!
The elliptical. This is my least favorite. I HATE not being able to feel how fast I am going. BUT, if worst comes to worst...I will just pop in modern family and get a good workout in.
I have resolved to be positive about this injury and make the best of it. Although I have been pretty grumpy lately not being able to run (a lot of you know how grumpy/on edge I can get when I don't workout for as little as 24 hours) but I am going to be positive and challenge myself in other ways! Hopefully this positive outlook lasts more than one week before I have a breakdown of frustration. The worst part of the whole thing is that I can't take IB profen to kill the pain because of all of my recent ulcer issues...but luckily I am pretty tough and have a really high pain tolerance.
ALSO, my recent inspiration is the hungry runner girl blog. She is my new hero and has given me ideas of how to survive dumb injuries.
My goal is to be recovered and stay in shape for the moonlight half marathon next month. I did it last year and absolutely LOVED it!
I saw this quote at my grandma's the other day and loved it: "The secret to having it all is believing that you already do".
It's crazy how much power our minds have. Believing is such a key in achieving.