In my last post, I talked about how I needed some down time from racing and running. Well, it seems I took that to a whole new level. Being honest, I haven’t run much at all lately. And when I did run, it was slow and short and with barely any effort. And I’m ok with that. Its what I needed. I’ve been spending weekends in Vegas and West Viriginia and with friends. I was feeling really guilty about not running or even caring about running. Then I got injured twice in two days. I have plantar fasciitis in my right foot and a pulled hamstring in my left leg. I think this was a sign that I wasn’t ready to come back full force yet. My body still needed more time to recover (recover from what – I’m not really sure?). I know that when I am healed and start back that it will be a long and challenging road to get back to where I was. But I’m ok with that and I like a challenge.
In the meantime, I’ve been spending a lot of time with friends and family and catching up on those relationships. I vowed to never let running ruin time with family and friends. And I need to stick by that. I read this post from @milespost (one of my favorite runner bloggers) and it puts everything into perspective and made me feel like I was making the right decisions.
So I plan to slowly work my way back up but without sacrificing having fun and spending time with friends and family. I will be the best recover ever!
Welp, it’s that time of year when runners look back at all the miles the logged in 2013, the PR’s they got, the hurdles they’ve overcome. And tomorrow begins a new year with new goals.
Last year or even the last training season may have come with some challenges. Those challenges are what will make you better going forward. Use them as lessons to build upon to make you a stronger runner. We all have lessons we can take from the past and apply that to running (and to life) going forward. But, it’s also important to not waste energy and emotion on what has already happened. Look ahead.
Regardless of what your goals are for next year and where you are headed; remember what you went through last year or last training season will only make you stronger this time around. Take the old, and learn from it.
NYC Marathon 2012: didn’t happen-yes.
It was this same day, a year ago that I went to the gym and did my last 4 mile run before the big day. I was hesitant to do the run because there was speculation that it might be cancelled due to hurricane sandy. But it was confirmed as of Friday 5pm. So I left work and knew I had one short run and one suitcase to pack in front of me. I was headed to NYC!
I ran that run (slow) and was so ready to take in the experience. It was the New York City Marathon. And I had prepared 12 weeks for this. I was ready. I was excited for the 26 mile tour. I left the gym on cloud 9, ready to take on the world.
Then the texts and calls came in: is it still happening, where are you, did you leave yet, did you hear?
I quickly googled what I could. Sure enough, the race was cancelled. I understood why it was cancelled. People were under water; they didn’t have food, power, transportation. NYC needed help.
And it was up to us NYC Marathoners to help where we could. We were sad, disappointed; but above all, we were there to help everyone else. Our sport is about the greater good-we only become better if you become better.
I’m proud to say we joined together to raise money, food, clothing; and deliver to those on need. We stood together to do what we could for those impacted. We gave $800/night hotel rooms to those without a home. We ran on foot to Long Island to bring water/food on our backs to those in need. We ran clothing and food drives. We ran to those in need-wherever whenever.
I’ve never seen runners rise above and give back like I did a year ago tomorrow. And I’m so proud to be amongst you.