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Embracing The Changes In Life

Someone recently asked me about my running and how I currently feel about it. True, I'm not running 5 days per week as I have in the past. I'm not even running my usual 3. I think my new norm for awhile (maybe forever) might be 2 days a week.

How do I feel about it? I feel liberated. I feel like stepping outside of the model of runner to something bigger. Because I've said it before, and I will say it again, I am more than just a runner.
As I grow older with my family, I realize that life is constantly changing. I am constantly changing. And learning to embrace the change definitely makes for an easier transition. For probably the first time in my life, I am

When Injury Brings Fear

As I've said, this is not my first injury, but this one, well this one by far has been the worst. I think because there isn't an exact diagnosis. And because of the injury (hamstring), I'm having a hard time knowing the difference between normal soreness, slight pain, or abnormal soreness.

I was supposed to join some friends today for my first outside hilly run. But
when I got up, it hurt to walk. I think it was normal soreness in the hamstring from doing the elliptical yesterday (for the first time in months). But I didn't want to risk it with running hills for the first time since I've been back to run/walking

But I bailed - not saying it's necessarily a bad thing that I did. But I am definitely overcautious. I'm thinking borderline fear.

See, it's taken me MONTHS to be able to get back to a 4 mile run/walk. Months - and I don't want to overdo it and have a massive set back.

Because the reality is - I'm not 100% well. I know that. I'm not pretending that everything is ok - because I know it isn't.

And with that comes fear. I'm afraid to do too much - to push to hard. Am I being smart? Or am I holding myself back?

I honestly don't know. But I do know that for the first time having an injury, I'm truly fearful. And this is not a comfortable place to be in emotionally.

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  1. I felt that way after I broke my foot--both times. Last time was especially traumatic because it still hurts on occasion if I land wrong. I don't want to be sidelined like that again. I thought a lot about what you said about learning from injury and I take it back--I have learned a lot. I learned that I need to keep doing my hip strengthening exercises (ie clamshells) because when my hips are strong, I don't land on that toe. I've been really good about it all winter. Let's see how things go. Hang in there!

    1. Thanks for the reminder. I need to do my clam shells too!! :)


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