Two things about the gym this morning:
1. I thought a clip would hold my hair nicely during my workout because I finally washed my hair yesterday and didn’t want to get a rubber band marking in my hair. It worked for 23 seconds before I put it into a ponytail.
2. I made a new friend. I am weird and get really excited about that but whatever, she seems awesome and has the same workout schedule as me.
Lets talk about today’s topic: I have had some people wonder why I have just been ellipcalizing and biking and NOT running very much the last little while!?!?!
Well, I finally realized that my body has been through A LOT this past year. Two femoral stress fractures, shin splints and a bunch of other aches and pains.
I have felt a lot of pressure from myself to run before I am ready and I am finally putting my foot down and saying no. If I run New York great, if not there is always next year:)
I will have plenty of YEARS to run and I need to determine when to start running when my body is ready, not just when my mind is ready.
I can’t start running full blast again just because of a race (that I spent our months rent on) is coming up. I can’t pull off crazy runs again just because I write a running blog and feel the pressure to be running and join in on all the running blog happiness. Just because I love running doesn’t mean I can always do it.
Maybe it will be in a week or maybe a month or maybe December….who knows? All I know is that this week and most of last week I didn’t think that running was a great idea and that cross-training was a fabulous idea.
I feel like a load has been taken off of my shoulders once I realize that there is no reason I HAVE to jump into high mileage or run at all for that matter until I feel 100% All I know is that when I do start running again like the old days I don’t want to continue to be set-back by more injuries and that is why I am waiting until I know for a fact I am all set to go!
I am starting to realize that you can still be part of the sport whether or not you are actually running. I feel blessed to have the best cross country team ever that I can put all of my extra energy into and a husband that I can cheer on in his running goals. Soon enough I will be back to my old crazy self. For now I need to make sure that my body gets to a place that it is STRONG and come back slowly to avoid the risk of getting injured again:)
From an article on Runnersworld.com
“I know at least one successful coach who believes thatinjuries improve running performance. (His thinking: injuries interrupt our progress before we reach our max, this is frustrating, so we come back and try even harder- and smarter-the next time. And the next.)”
I like looking at it that way:)
What was your workout?
What things make you feel PRESSURE to run?