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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 leave me?
It's been almost 2 weeks since my last run. It's undetermined when I will run again. And I know the harsh reality is that I will be completely starting over. No seriously, I will. My hip still isn't 100%, my ankle is stiff from the boot, and my left foot at times aches as much as my right. My plantar fasciitis in my left foot is the worst it's ever been. I am one hot mess, and I know that when I am given the green light (whenever that happens to be) that it will be a painfully slow return back to running and fitness.

In fact, I don't have any running goals for this year. I'm not entertaining the idea of running any races. I won't allow myself to look as far forward as next year, but at this time, I'm not sure that running races isn't over for me. No worries, I'm not depressed - or - oh woe is me. It's more of a - I'm just not sure this is for me right now or in my immediate or distant future. I really have some health issues that I need to work through. Some weight that I need to lose, and nutrition needs to become a focus for me.

This doesn't mean that I don't have fitness goals. Fitness is a huge part of my life - even now. But I admit I am enjoying the time off too.

Although I'm still sneaking in some workouts, I haven't been consistent. But I know as the weeks in the boot progress, that I plan to be more consistent with my workouts. I think for now that I just needed to step back and take some time to reflect. (And shop ;)

I have to tell you, I've had a lot of time to think. And that's also a problem with injuries. It gives me way too much time to be in my head! However, this time, I'm handling it better than expected. And I was determined to use this time to get a better direction of where I want to go - mentally and physically.

Believe it or not, this injury is giving me direction. I honestly think as I was trying so hard to reach this goal or that one, and not obtaining any of them, that I was missing direction. Does that even make sense?

So, instead of focusing on what I'm missing by being injured, I'm choosing to focus on what this injury is giving me....

time to reflect....

and direction how to proceed forward.

Stay tuned ...

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