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Anyone else struggling with getting back into a routine after being off for the holidays? I know I have. Add in that Lil Man was sick an entire week before Christmas and daily naps became the norm, I'm really struggling to make it through a normal day.

Although we haven't gone back to school yet, Hubby is back to work. And that means if I want to get in a workout or at least one without company and interruptions, I have to get up early and workout before Hubby goes to work. And the rest of the day is the usual go go go.

Thankfully I've had the opportunity to try Alert Caffeine Gum. 1 piece of Alert Gum is about the equivalent of a half a cup of coffee. (And for me that means no jitters). It's just enough ooomph to give me the boost that I need.

Warning: Discouraged Injured Runner Ahead

I'm not going to lie, I'm discouraged. My training plan calls for 'just another' 2.5 mile run this weekend. I feel like I've been at 2 miles forever . But I have to admit that after my outside run, I could feel the calf a little the next day. 

But today, if I'm being honest, my shin (or near my shin) is hurting. And this fascia was supposedly torn when I had my injury. So I'm wondering if it isn't totally healed, or maybe I have possibly re-injured it a little. That being said, as frustrated as I am that I'm just at 2 miles, the reality is it's probably where I need to be at the moment.

I have my sights set on the Capital 10 Miler, and I was hoping to all out 'run' it on March 30. But I asked my trainer if I would even be up to 10 miles by then. She said I would probably be at 8, and that I should be able to finish. . So I reasoned that maybe we could 'push' up my long runs. She calmly and politely tells me she is a little concerned since I'm still 'feeling' the calf a little. And today, I have to be honest with myself that this is just where I am at the moment. 

I'm trying to be thankful that I got 16.75 miles in this past week walking/running. But it's also very sobering that I'm totally out of breath and struggling with my breathing on a 2 mile run.

So I'm being honest here when I'm saying that I'm a little discouraged. Was it just November that I finished a Marathon? And now two miles are a challenge?

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  1. I'm not even injured and I know exactly what you're feeling. I sometimes have a hard time believing I ran a marathon in December.

    1. It's like.. really? I mean I just did a marathon and now walking is hard ha ha. Congrats though on your marathon in December :)

  2. Try to think more about what you have accomplished in the past and believe the frustrating times will pass. Visualize yourself achieving differing you're proud of. Hold on to that when you want to give up.

    Hang in there :)

    1. I agree Darlene. Look at the brighter side of things always. There is always victory even in the midst of failure :)

    2. Thank you for the encouragement!

  3. Some injuries just takes months to heal and it sucks :( But, so many of the best runners go through this too, try to remember you are never alone during these moments. Even if you can't run the 10 miler, it's ok, there will be many more races. Hang in there, I know there are no easy answers, but just trust that you will heal and be back out there again. It's rare one never gets back on this horse :)

    1. Yep, it's just going to take time that's for sure! But I'm thankful that i'm at least still moving which is better than 100% rest!

  4. I've been feeling your pain and frustration since 2008, although I have run since then, never completely without pain and with a LOT of treatment. I'm still not 100% but I can run 5 miles most days without significant pain. I'm still hopeful. One thing I discovered after a lot lot lot of medical treatment was that a combo of stretching and nightly deep tissue massage by my husband, along with the foam roller, help me the most. Problem is time to e consistent with all of those things...!

    1. Yes, I'm not as consistent with the foam roller as I should be!


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