[[If you just want to see my lame foods from today, skip past the italics…otherwise enjoy my letter to myself]]
I know this is not what you want to hear, but sadly I think you need to take this truth and let it help you for the future:
I know you are itching to do it; I know it’s your one and major outlet to help you feel good and strong; I know you love how it feels to have the wind in your hair and sun on your skin…
But, you’re hurt. You have two injuries. One is a lingering injury in your left quad, which you know how to remedy with ice, massage and strength training…but this new one is something you’ve never had and it could be bad. That pain behind your left knee, on the outer edge? Feel how it hurts? Even four days after staying off of it, barely walking, not running, stretching, foam rolling, and icing? You need to let it heal.
I know that’s hard for you to hear and accept, but you really need to. So, even though I know it’s going to break your heart, I’ve made a decision for you:
Yes, you heard me right. I know you may feel like you’re letting down Meghann, or Ashley, or Caitlin, or Katy…but I’m sure they will understand after what I have to say. You have an injury, you don’t know what it is and how it could get better soon, or could get even worse if you don’t let it heal. But taking time off now and giving your body time to heal and repair itself, you will save yourself from a major injury that could take you out of running for longer than you would like to be.
So, to compensate for the disappointment that you feel not being able to run the 5k, 15k and 1/2 Marathon at the end of the month, I’m letting you choose between the 5k and 15k. Not both, only one. And you are only allowed to do the later if your leg is feeling really good and you are 95% sure that nothing worse will happen to it if you run the race.
If you decide to run the 15k, you are to take your time. There is no rush. There is no need to aim for a PR because you don’t have one. This will be your first 15k race, so just have fun with it! I know there will be more.
And if you decide to run, or even jog the 5k, be proud that you can do that! Be glad that your legs will carry you through those 3.1 miles. And even though you don’t be running all the other races, you can be the awesome spectator that you are, cheer on and play photographer for everyone else running their races that weekend. I mean, we’ve gotta have some pictures of Derek running his first 15k, right?! Of course!
So see how the next few weeks go. You still have time to sign up, but make sure you give it some serious thought on which one you decide to run. This will help you so you can run a race like say…the Sarasota 1/2 Marathon in March, or the Georgia ING 1/2 Marathon in March. You have choices, and you have time.
In the meantime, take this time to learn what else your body can do.
- practice more strength training like you said you would for 2010
- pick up some new yoga or Pilates DVDs or download more podcasts from yogadownload.com and get those muscles toned up
- work on that core so you don’t feel so sore every time you try a new exercise to work your abs
- take your beach cruiser down to the beach and remember what it feels like to ride a bike
- find places to go for hikes and take some trips to go bird watching
- you live in Southern Florida so go out and do some snorkeling, surfing, or kayaking
There are millions of other things for you to do, I’m sure you can keep yourself entertained. You’re making new blogger friends where you are too; go out and have fun!
Just remember, by taking time off to heal, dropping out of races and not running, IT.DOES.NOT.MAKE.YOU.A.FAILURE. It never will, but will allow you to discover more about yourself and what you love!
I have been wallowing over that realization all day and it totally killed my mood…in more ways than one. Boo. But as much as it sucks, I know it’s for the best.
Speaking of best, I think breakfast was the best meal I had all day. Everything else was just lack luster.
- 1/3C instant oats w/ cinnamon
- 1/3C frozen blueberries
- 1T natural pb
I <3 oats. To think I used to live off of instant flavored packets. What was I thinking?
I spent the morning putting sandpaper to the body of these things:
You’ll find out what they’re going to be used over the course of a few weeks as I start to get out in the field and put them out so they can work their magic. I’m sure some very
hilarious scientific pictures will ensue as the madness of the breeding season begins…or actually, already has!
Even after sitting overnight, the hummus was just eh. There isn’t enough flavor in it (needs more garlic and salt) and it really really airy. I think it’s because I used more chickpea juice than olive oil in it. Oh well, there’s always next time!
I finished off lunch with a sweet tooth and had this:
I did some job research and GRE math studying before stopping and having a snack:
I enjoyed two of my Super Charge Me Cookies and a nice ripe pear. I only wish my pear looked that pretty. No self picture because it was uh…very bruised.
To help settle my mind that was racked around my own bad news, I enjoyed a nice yoga and stretching session with Brit. I think I’m still sore from yoga two days ago, along with the strength training session from yesterday. It’s alright though, helped get all the kinks out since I’ve been hunched over all day.
I was pretty hungry so I just threw together a salad with whatever was in front of me when I opened the cabinets and fridge:
- Garden herb triscuits
- Morningstar Chick’n Patty
- Sunflower seeds
Prettyyyyyyyyyy boring. Whatever.
But, I finished off the night with this. Yeah baby. Thank god I have a boss that’s willing to share…
Anyone have fun plans for this weekend?
And I’m going to start answering the Ask Me Anything! questions next week! So keep them coming!