I assumed I would be freezing cold in the garage for my ride, but 2 minutes into Robin’s (I just want her to be my IRL friend) class and I was sweating like crazy.
The long-sleeve top came off, the fan was turned on, and the 45-minute class made every muscle in my legs burn. PS I keep thinking I should organize my garage for pictures, but that would just be silly because our garage always looks like it exploded, and I’m okay with that.
Skye joined me for some upper body strength.
And then we went to her happy place. She sat like this with her eyes closed for five minutes, just soaking up her favorite place in the world.
We didn’t do a lot over the weekend, but we did make it out to grab some pumpkins.
Followed by watching the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen Halloween movie circa 1993.
The best thing I ate this weekend = we made my mom’s lasagna, and I cannot wait for leftovers today.
And because this is the week to make all things pumpkin… Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.
Always a good sign when the cookie is almost as big as your 3-year old’s head.
The other day, my brother told me that he felt bad about what was going on with my foot, and I told him not to worry about it because I don’t feel the way I used to feel when I couldn’t run. After I got off the phone, I started thinking about why I am not nearly as upset about having an injury compared to this sort of thing happening in the past…
OF COURSE, I want to be running. Of course, I miss the feeling of lacing my shoes and feeling the fresh air on my face. I miss meeting up with my running friends (but weirdly, many of them are injured right now too), I miss spending time adventuring on the trails and can’t wait to feel 100% again.
But my plantar fasciitis is so different than my injuries 6+ years ago… back then, those injuries crushed me.
I think there are three reasons why injuries aren’t as hard as they used to be for me:
1. I have learned that my worth has nothing to do with running. My worth doesn’t change just because I’m not accomplishing running milestones. It doesn’t change because I can’t get out and do what I used to do. My worth is inherent, and there are zero miles or race times that can change how I feel about myself… that wasn’t the case in the past. A lot of my self-worth used to come from running, and if I couldn’t run, it was hard for me to see all of the other great things about me.
2. I have learned that running is ALWAYS there waiting for me. I’ve taken enough breaks because of injuries/life problems/postpartum recoveries to know that running isn’t going anywhere. Sometimes I have to be more patient than I want to be, but it always is there waiting for me to get going again. With most of my breaks, I have only come back STRONGER and faster than before my break. I’ve always come back from breaks even hungrier to work for big goals. This break from running right now might be exactly what my body needs to have an incredible year of racing in 2022! Yes, it is definitely hard to lose fitness and start all over again, but it’s doable, and it sure is fun to see all of the improvements again. I’ll be resetting my watch again when I return to running so I can celebrate the new milestones along the way!
3. I’ve learned to really enjoy other forms of fitness. I also love spending more time on hobbies that I have too (like sleeping in;). I’ve been cooking more, watching way more late-night movies with Andrew, reading, and it’s been a blast falling in love with cycling and strength training.
I also suddenly have so much time to do things like organize the pantry or search the internet for more leggings that I don’t need;)
Injuries are rough no matter what, and I most definitely feel bummed at times to not be running, BUT the above reasons make this time away totally okay.
That first pain-free run back is going to be amazing!
What was the highlight of your weekend?
When you aren’t running, what hobbies/passions do you have more time for?
What show (if any) are you hooked on right now?
Do you agree or disagree with the findings from this very important ‘worst Halloween candy’ survey?
-I am shocked and saddened to see tootsie rolls on the above list.