So apparently I took a little blogging break. I guess I was following the motto “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” hence nothing at all on the blog.
After my last post where I wrote about all the progress I had made mentally with this injury, I was in pretty good spirits… until the weekend came. Pretty much all of 2012 so far, my weekends have been spent prepping for, recovering from, or refueling for long runs. I had gotten quite used to my weekends being consumed by running and loved that about them. So when Friday night arrived and I sat at home, I was most definitely wishing that I was prepping for a run the next day. It didn’t even matter the distance at that point, I just wanted to run! Instead I sat there in a very sad defeated state. This continued for most of the weekend.
I knew I was going to be sad and miss running, but after a few days in a funk, feeling completely unmotivated to do anything, I knew it was time to turn things around. So I enlisted some help from the best resources I know of.
… From My Friends
Last Sunday, when I was in the middle of pout central, a bunch of the Bay Area bloggers had planned to meet up at the lululemon Walnut Creek anniversary run! I was so excited to see so many of my friends, but I will admit that it stung a
lot little when they all ran off and I had to stay behind.
We did have a fun brunch to look forward to afterwards and it was so great to see so many friends. Pretty much all of them have been in my shoes before, so were able to offer sympathy and hugs, because really there wasn’t much left to say. The best support crew a girl could ask for! Mimosas helped too.
… From ART
Monday I had another ART appointment! For some reason going to these appointments, even though I know it’s going to hurt really bad, make me happy. I feel like it’s doing something to help! This week, instead of leaving with tears, I left with a smile… my doctor wanted me to run/walk a mile! This just immediately turned my attitude around.
I ended up run/walking a mile twice over the week and felt great. It’s hard to say if my leg feels better since the pain usually started a couple miles in, but I feel like I am heading in the right direction. It feels great to just be out there with my running shoes on for a few minutes and to have some hope that I will be running real runs soon.
… From the Morning Run Crew
The morning run crew became the morning walk crew last week just for me. I so much miss our morning runs, the talking and the fresh air, so the girls came out and walked with me instead! They are the best.
… From Getting Out of Town
This weekend Chris and I drove down to my parents house for a few much needed days away. Getting out of my normal routine and visiting family definitely was the break I needed to cheer up. I tried to take advantage of my non-running time and do other things that I don’t typically get to do on our trips.
I usually say no to pedicures with my mom, but this time I initiated it! One good thing about not running is this one should last a lot longer than the occasional one I do get.
While Chris went running on Saturday, me, my mom, and sister in law took all the dogs to the beach! Kylie and Emma love the beach, but this was Bella’s first trip. They had so much fun and were wiped out the rest of the weekend.
All of these things most definitely helped because I feel a lot better compared to this time last week. I know I am getting close to healing and I know I will be back out there soon. I am starting to plan other things that aren’t necessarily running related, because guess what, life doesn’t always revolve around running! When we can’t run, life still goes on. I know this break will be good for me and that I will really appreciate every little part when I get back out there. Hopefully now that I have cheered up a bit, I can find some motivation to do some other exercise activities too.
I have another ART appointment tomorrow and am hopeful I will leave there with another smile this time. Fingers crossed!