It's been 11 weeks since I've injured my ankle. This week I am thankful for…the ability to run again. I had been babying my foot post injury and post recovery period, I needed to push myself out of that little comfort zone I had allowed myself to fall into. A little short race during my mini vacation seemed like the perfect opportunity! I needed to escape the chaos of life and Lacy pushed me a tad to run again because she knows how much I truly love and miss it. I'm still in my little funk, but I think I can run again and use it as a form of healing.
There is something about running that completes me.
I don’t really understand it, actually.
I always thought I would hate running.
Then, I started and I couldn’t stop.
A lot of people ask me if I think running is fun.
Most days its yes, sometimes I answer no.
Let me explain.
Sore muscles aren’t fun.
Waking up at 5am on a Saturday to run, isn’t fun.
Throwing my body into a scalding hot shower post-run, not on the top of my “fun list”.
Feeling like you have nothing left and you’re only mid-run also not fun.
For me, running is insanely challenging.
You have to work at it.
You have to train.
You have to rest.
There are no shortcuts either, I like that.
A mile is a mile.
Race morning I was tired.
To be honest, I was scared.
I had a 6.5 miler on the books.
The longest run I have had to date post-injury (since October).
I was afraid I might not be ready.
I was wrong.
I hadn't run more than 5 miles at a time since October.
It was hard, don’t get me wrong.
Nausea got the best of me during the run, but NO pain!
I ran the 6.5 miles and I finished.
And that moment when I looked down and saw my Garmin flash. . . Happiness!
It wasn't a far run or a difficult run, but a challenge none the less post injury.
I was happy to see I easily ran 6.5 miles without questioning myself.
That is why I run.
The crazy rush of accomplishment & overwhelming happiness hit me.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a short run, easy run, a tempo run or a long run.
The happiness happens every single time and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Dream Big. Work Hard. ;)