Being injured has taught me a lot and I am still learning. I am sure I will be for the next few months.
One thing that I have learned is that sometimes, plans must change. Sometimes, we have to be PATIENT. By the way, have I mentioned how much I hate that tiny word? ;)
Anyways, so in back in January I set some goals for myself for this year. One of those goals was to complete a 50 mile race. I looked high and low for one in the summer time, this would allow me to build my base mileage all spring running marathons and then use it to train all summer for the big 50. A good plan right?
Well, now I am not running any miles. Now I am nursing this torn calf and trying to convince all this blood to flow back out of my foot. They say I will not run for at least 8 weeks. That puts me into August. The first few weeks of August I am hoping I can begin running again.
That means that the 50 mile trail race I have been registered for will now go run run by me this year. I am hoping I will be able to still do the Rock n Roll Providence Half Marathon I also signed up for that is on August 19th. Honestly, it will not bother me missing that half, I will go cheer for all my friends who are running it. The bother comes in the 50 miler not getting done.
I am driven by goals, every single year I work on new ones and keep fighting to get to them.
I did not expect this year to be any different. I walked hobbled around for the last week kind of depressed, and moody about not running the race. I took the news hard when the doctor told me how long I would not be running for. And then the other day I began to realize that I could still reach my goal. I would just have to be patient and find a race later in the year.
In came the Stone Cat 50 Miler :) It takes place on November 3rd! This should give me plenty of time to prepare!
So hopefully, God willing, I will be running again in August or end of July :) and then training can begin again. I hope to start water running next week once I get clearance from the physical therapist and maybe keep some cardiovascular base that I have worked hard to maintain this year. I have started home workouts on core, chest, and arms to maintain some sanity as well. I do have a good sports medicine orthopedic doctor and physical therapist so I am very confident that in no time soon I will be strong again :)
In the meantime I will listen to them and take time to heal. I will work on this whole patience concept too