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What Being Injured Is Giving Me

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I have to say that one thing being injured can give you is a lot of time to think. Sometimes this is a good thing - sometimes not so much. This year has been a tough one for me when it comes to injuries. The 5 month and counting hip injury really put a damper on my fitness goals this year. Then I got staph as soon as I was cleared to run. That set me back. Then the hip got super angry again, and now this (When Life Throws You A Curveball)

It's July ya'll, and I have only had a few weeks here and there this year of running consistently. It's been my worst year to date to deal with such issues. And mentally I was finally ready to run races. I had registered for both the Harrisburg and Hershey half this year. Well, we all know that's not going to happen. I'm still hobbling around in a boot. Thankfully, I was able to transfer those bibs through the registration system.

But, lately I couldn't help but wonder where does this leav…

The Girl Behind The Blog

I know that some of you know me personally; some of you don't. So I thought I'd take a moment to introduce myself.

I'm a Southern Girl who was transplanted to Pennsylvania in 2007. I love the mountains, the rivers, and the trails. I love the 4 distinct Seasons, and I find Pennsylvania to be beautiful.

I do not miss the heat of Mississippi.

I do however miss the South. I miss my family, Southern Hospitality, the SEC, fried catfish, and amazing BBQ. 

I will forever bleed maroon and white. #HailState

But for now, Pennsylvania is home, and I'm trying my best to enjoy my present. 

Running for me has changed through the years. When I ran in Mississippi, I ran with my best friend. I met her at ungodly early morning hours, and for me it was talking and laughter instead of mile splits, distance and pace. 

When I moved to Pennsylvania, running changed for me. It became more about self improvement and in time mile splits, distance and pace because I just couldn't find what I left behind in Mississippi. 

And then it changed again. I got injured (more than once). I was over-training, and I lost the joy of running. It became a chore instead of fun. In fact, this year I have bailed on most of my races. This year I have run just to run, with no training, and I've introduced trail running to my running adventures. 

I still consider myself predominantly a road runner, but I am becoming more proficient with the trails. (Susquehanna SuperHike25K

I've also added in cross training this year, and strength training. I am still very intimidated by strength training, but I'm trying. And I feel like I am constantly moving outside of my comfort zone. 

I blog for fun. I write to express myself. (I've always expressed myself better in writing than with spoken words.) Google Analytics tells me that some of you read what I write, but not nearly enough to generate substantial income. My dream is to someday be able to use my passion (writing) as a source of income or supplemental income for my family. But I don't want to get caught up in the numbers game. I've been there, and done that. And from a blogger standpoint, it can be very disheartening and discouraging. 

Instead, I write in hopes of encouraging others, and I pretty must just keep it real. Sometimes probably a little too real. 

Oh and the name? Yes, I love ice cream. No, I really really really love ice cream. Anything with chocolate will do (no coconut though - not a friend of coconut - and I'm allergic to strawberries. I ate them for 25 years and suddenly became allergic). 

So there you go.. there's a little bit about me.... the Girl behind the blog. 

If you are so inclined, drop me a line and tell me about you. 

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  1. Very cool to read about a fellow Mississippi Girl! I can't believe you don't miss running in this heat lol!!!


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