“Once you are a runner, it’s always there in the back of your head.” ~Bill Rodgers
I’m a planner, a goal setter, I set my mind to something and accomplish it. I love trying new things and changing it up, but if it has to do for a goal I set for myself, I have a REALLY tough time. All that said, I’ve had a really tough two weeks.
I hope I haven’t griped too much. Please know anything I’ve written here is to help people. I have found so many running blogs that deal with products, training and races, but not many when it comes to injuries, when your sidelined. Instead of going into it, you can see here, where it started to go downhill and then the diagnosis that has be sidelined and doomed me to weeks of cross training, here. It’s been tough and at times embarrassing because I feel I’m not meeting my goal. I was ready for the full marathon. I felt good and I was excited, but life had different plans. There’s a time to be stubborn and run through it (which is my natural reaction) and a time to be smart and take the detour so that you can make it to the final destination unscathed. I am learning to do the latter.
Recently, I have been religious about doing my stretches, PT and strength training but getting to the gym to cross train by myself just wasn’t happening. These past two weeks, there was no way that I was going to do the elliptical for two hours. I think I was throwing myself a little pity party. Well…the party is over. Time to get down to business.
I hated not racing. I hate that I will not be participating in the Flying Pig this weekend after training since December and that no matter how long I cycle, elipticize or swim, I will lose some fitness. I hate that my plans to do speed work this summer are now derailed. But you know what, it is what it is and there’s not a thing I can do. I’m going to do everything I can to get back into running and focus on having a great attitude about it.
I don’t want to sound cliche but you really do learn so much about life from running. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger right? Well…pretty sure piriformis won’t kill me Next marathon, I’ll be stronger and smarter.
The one great thing about not racing is that I could cheer on all the runners. Being part of a running community means you cheer other on to do the best they can. I felt lucky to be able to cheer on these amazing runners who I’ve not only put in miles with but learned so much from. Even though I didn’t realize it then, these runners, even that day were teaching me to take a reroute and even a detour in stride.
For those of you who don’t know, Nashville was under a tornado watch the whole race. At mile 22, marathoners were diverted to the half course and not allowed to finish the full 26.2. Sure it was disappointing, especially for some in the group for whom this was their first one. Sure it sucked, but you know what, it happens and I love that these runners are not looking back but looking forward to the next race, and I’m going to join them! We have a couple of options and in the next couple of days I’d love your advice and suggestions on what marathons you’ve liked running. If I need to cross train for awhile, so be it. This is merely a detour, a change of plans, a bump in the road. Instead of stopping, I’m going to keep on running.
Since I don’t have a great post race report, here are some great ones from my friends. You all did an amazing job! I am so proud of you all! I’ll be with you for the next race!
- Rod- A fellow EN, Rod PR’ed at the Country Music 1/2. Read his race report and how his training this year set him up for success.
- Miss Chatterbox- The requested title for this is To Stubborn to Stop. She is a runner after my own heart. After perfect training she just didn’t have the race she wanted to…but she STILL PR’ed! She kept going and finished the race.
- Dear Abby Leigh- After fainting at the finish line last year, she came back with a vengeance this year, and some salt in her pocket. You’re welcome for being the drug mule.
- Knight- I can’t believe we still haven’t met but this lady is amazing and had a great race. I am so proud of her and love how her post race report was thanking those who watched her. What if everyone cheered others on in life like they were running the half. Congrats Knight! Once I can run, you and me are going to go for a run so pencil me in.
- Annie- Annie, Annie, Annie. The displaced East Nasty comes home. Look at that face. Who can look that cute after they run 13.1 miles. I know I don’t! Congrats on your 9 minute PR! Even though we only met in passing, ha, I consider you a dear friend.
- I had to save this for last. Christy, my training partner, fellow EN and one of my biggest supporter and one voice of reason that said, I know how stubborn you are but take a step back, get better then go for it. She, like me, didn’t get to run the first marathon she trained for either. This year, her marathon was cut short but the attitude she had about it is exactly what I’m talking about here. In her post race report she uses one of my favorite quotes, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” We are already planning the next full. The cool part is, this one we’ll be able to run together!
I also want to thank those of you who have encouraged me and helped me through this from the Boy, my training partner, Christy, all of the EN’s and you! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.
Have you ever been derailed, detoured or had to change plans mid-route? How do you handle it?