I am not sure where to begin.
A few short weeks ago, 7 to be exact, I thought things were dismal and grim. I was on crutches in a full leg splint and in miserable pain. I tore my calf and I felt like my world was ending. I went into a boot and still felt terrible. I hobbled around and just sunk into a depression.
It was hard.
Running had really become my life for the last year. I spent it doing long runs weekend after weekend and always training for a race. So when I was told I had to stop it was like my life was cut out from within me. That fire and passion it fizzled for a few days.
I started brain storming and then found other ways to exercise. You see, I never give up. I cannot. I will not. My injury forced me to do something I had never done before, face my biggest fear, gaining all of my weight back and being a failure.
At the heart of my life has always been becoming a failure. I thought being injured would make me be that. And I did not realize it at the time but in fact, my injury did a good thing for me.
It made me realize that there are many other forms of exercise other than running and more than racing marathons and road races period.
In fact, there is a whole new world waiting for me to explore it, and this is the world of traithlons!!!
I would never, ever, have even considered getting into them before because I was terrified of the swimming portion. I got over my fears of swimming thanks to the torn calf. You see, when you are addicted to cardio and the only form of it you can do for 4 weeks is swim, you kind of get tossed into it if you do not want to sit home on your ass bored and feeling miserable.
I know they say everything happens for a reason. I know because many people told me this. I just did not see it at the time I was injured. I did not appreciate the opportunity it gave me to learn about my body and what it is capable of.
So, I am taking this moment today to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who has stuck by me during my crazy, raging, depressing injured ridden days. I promise I will be stronger for this journey and I do appreciate the support.