As you know (because I talk about it non-stop) I am currently injured. My leg is feeling slightly better after 8 days of no running but still no where near feeling like it should in order to run on it. My physical therapy appointment is tomorrow and I am hoping he will be able to magically wave his wand and fix whatever is going on.
Yes, this is a picture of me in the bathroom with my magic wand made out of markers and an extra weird face.
Have I cried about this stupid quad problem? On average, 6.4 times a day. Ask Billy if you don’t believe me.
Why? Not because I think Boston is my one and only race because I KNOW that I will be racing for many years (I am still a rookie:) but I have been upset because of the ridiculous amount of time, energy and sacrifice I have put into training. I feel like mentally and physically I was right on track to meet my sub 3 hour goal for Boston and then boom…..I am sidelined.
I started getting down on myself for being so upset about this. Thinking…….”Janae, YOU are an optimist. Why in the world are you letting this effect you so negatively?” Happy people never get sad right?! They don’t cry right?!?! Everything should be daisies and butterflies! Optimists have a huge creepy happy smile on their face at all times right!?!?!
And then I remembered the definition that I use to teach my health students what optimism is……..
“My definition of optimism is simply the belief that setbacks are normal and can be overcome by your own actions.” –Martin Seligman.
I don’t think that you have to be happy and cheery all of the time to be an OPTIMIST.
Bad things happen. There is nothing we can do to prevent those things from happening. We have to realize that is part of the human experience to have trials, setbacks and crappy things happen.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist is what they CHOOSE to do when a setback comes along.
It is okay to be sad, to feel emotion and to cry, it would be weird if you didn’t when something bad happens but………..
We have the power to take our circumstance and choose where to go from there.
So, even though I may have broken my tear ducts from overuse and I have emotionally eaten $24 worth of candy in the last 8 days…….that doesn’t make me a pessimist.
What makes me an optimist is that I am taking this SETBACK and I am going to learn and grow and become a BETTER runner and hopefully person because of it.
-I have learned that it is NECESSARY to listen to our bodies and when it tells us we need a break.
-I am loving and savoring the extra time I have with Billster. It is awesome to be be able to sleep in with him in the morning until 7 instead of the usual 5 a.m. wake-up call.
-All this weight training is making me BUFF:)
-A little extra cushioning is probably good for me…….plus maybe that means billy will take me shopping for new pants:)
-I am going to stay fit and keep my endurance by swimming!!
-I am learning to have more sympathy for others (especially my PE kids that complain about every little thing when they are working out).
-This setback has taught me a lot about myself that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise.
-As soon as I am back running I will be more thankful, determined and motivated than ever.
Check out my guest post at the BEAUTIFUL DANA’S BLOG!!!
What was the last setback you had and how did you deal with it?
What do you think Optimism is?
Are you a crier or do you express your emotions in other ways?
-I am a binge crier, but I feel SO much better after a lil’ cry and I am ready to conquer the world after:)