8 Weeks ago I stepped on a treadmill for an easy 5 mile recovery run. I had just come off of a great workout (12 miles faster than marathon goal pace) and was feeling like I was finally ready for Boston. I was so close I could taste it! 8 weeks seems like forever ago.
Over the past 8 weeks I have gone through a variety of emotions. If you ever had a serious running injury you know the feeling: denial, pain, anger, hopelessness, confusion, anger again, sadness and frustration (just to name a few). I think I’m finally rounding the corner. I actually feel hope. I’m sure getting to do some cardio now has something to do with that. I’m also feeling content, peace, happiness– and not because of running!
I’ve often heard runners say- “I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have my running.” I’ve said that many times myself. Do you know what you do without running? Something else. In my case, I didn’t have a choice. When you have a stress fracture you HAVE to stop. It isn’t a suggestion or an option. If you ever want to have a future with running you have to take a break and let your body heal.
I’ve learned that there’s A LOT more to me than running. It’s been part of who I am for so long that I really took it for granted and assumed that it would always be there. I am confident that I have many more years of competitive running left in me. I know I still have my best race times to come.
In 8 weeks I hope to fully back into the swing of things running. I’m not going to be doing crazy high marathon miles but I hope to be building a solid running foundation. Until then I’m going to keep on going and focus on what I can do. I’m so thankful to be in a better place than I was 8 weeks ago! I know God has a plan for me and I know it’s better than anything I could ever come up with on my own.