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Running and Not Running

I’m on the DL… that’s “disabled list,” not “down low.”  But only on the list for running (for 8 weeks) and cycling (for just a little bit longer–hopefully next week I can get back on the trainer).  In the grand scheme, it’s a pretty short time—BUT, it’s really disturbing the plans for the first two 70.3s of the season (Oceanside and Choo 70.3).

Most of all, it’s funny how being told, “No, you can’t do that” really can mess with your head.

Something about running really gives a different psychological calmness that swimming and cycling don’t seem to give (for me, at least).  When I started running (for the first time… ever) about 5 1/2 years ago, I am really not sure you could call it running.  Hell, what I do now, I have heard that many people don’t call that running.

BUT – for the sake of simplicity, let’s call it running.

Even as a beginner with mega-heel strikes and horrifying form, I enjoyed running.  Even when I ran three miles in Zone 2 at 15:51 minutes per mile, I enjoyed it. It’s been a long process of becoming a runner—one that I was really, really starting to enjoy—especially with the past two half marathon PRs and short run training paces in the low 9’s.  I could feel real, live speed coming, and it was so near and exciting, I felt that I should hold my breath.

(I should have! 🙂 )  I was excited about this season because I had never trained SO hard in an off season, and really hitting the start of the Spring ready to rock.

The stress fracture news was a blow, but I am okay with it.  And I’m not being Eeyore about it, even though I sort of feel like I have lost my tail again. I used to get really balled up about an injury–and there’s really no point–because there is NOTHING you can do about an injury except breathe, and take the time necessary to heal.

I have also learned that staying focused, working hard over this off season really was key—so I know it can be replicated, and then some.  And then some more. So that’s just what will need to happen again.

In new news, I’m sporting this awesome bling:

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It’s was my grandmother‘s bracelet, with her initials.

And she wore this thing forEVER, until she got too thin, and it would slide off her arm. I distinctly recall being very, very young and playing with it, on her arm… it’s just one of those memories. So I feel so honored to have it, to wear it. She was so strong–in so many ways–I am so grateful to have had her in my life… so I am wearing it as a source of inspiration.

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(We had a wonderful visit last weekend with my grandfather,
by the way, who came to visit from Savannah.)

I am such a believer that everything happens for a reason, and there is a season for everything.

Even the hard stuff.

With soccer and baseball season rolling in, fast and furiously, tutoring after school, and (yes, I am still working) …life is really getting crazy busy. I AM running… just in a different way.

The extra breathing room from not waking up at zero dark thirty to run or ride before the kids wake up at 6:30 and the lunches, shuttling and that starts …well, it is a little nice. It’s nice to hug my kids in the morning and not leave sweat drops on their heads. (They appreciate it too). I’ll admit that.

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Lately, I am feeling the sadness of not having family nearby.  Especially since losing Mombow. I don’t know what we are missing, really, because we have never lived near our family since we left Savannah in 1999. Now that the kids are older and playing all sorts of sports, it would be fun to have our family near more often to watch these amazing games–I mean seriously. These sporting events are the best.

When I had kids, I could never envision the baby and toddler stuff… I didn’t grow up around babies, so that part was a big mystery. BUT I could always picture game days and sports–and I will admit, dude, I LOVE the baseball and the soccer practices and games. There is NOTHING like watching the monkeys play.

I read an article a long time ago about how to talk to your kids who are playing sports, and it really stuck with me.  I didn’t think I had the propensity to be the crazy screaming parent at games (luckily, after two seasons—it appears that is true. Whew.)… but the part that struck me was to tell the kids: “I love to watch you play.”

So I always tried to remember to say that… but I TOTALLY MEAN IT.   I say, “I loved to watch you play today,” and they say, “thanks,” and I say, “I love it,” and they say, “Mommmmm….” and I’m like, “What? Really…” Then I whisper: “I love it.” (Last word.)  But oh, I do love to watch them play!

(And how about this awesome picture before soccer game today. So much for cropping out my own head via the iPhone timer. But the kid looks cute, so whatever.)

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It’s true, that in the crazy mix of life, running has been a nice source of sanity over the years, a way of finding the balance. And when something makes you happy, keeps me sane—and when it’s *poof* gone—that’s tough, and I am sympathetic to my fellow friends on the DL.

So, yes…

I have a plan about how to deal with this non-running life—and it starts in my head, and with a very long swim tomorrow, some creative strength workouts and more.  I would share what I am doing… but I don’t know yet exactly what that is… but it’s something. Something!  There will be lots of swimming.  Lots and lots.

Starting with tomorrow’s workout.  Which is going to be epic.  To be continued… 🙂

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6 Comments

  • cherie

    March 14, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Yes, I have been running for 45 years and don’t know what I would do w/out my being able to get “out there” before a tough day a work!

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  • Amy

    March 15, 2016 at 11:35 am

    First – LOVE the bracelet. Now, moving on to I love to see you play. That was probably the best mom advice for kids with sport that I’ve ever gotten. I’ve added a few more that I think work well all of them based on the following motivators: I was watching and whatever you do as long as you’re trying hard it’s good. So I’ll say, I saw you go for that ball … did it hurt when you fell? Or I’ll say, I saw you paying close attention when your coach was talking I love to see that. Yesterday after lacrosse I asked my son did you run really fast today? Because your feet really smell! (he’s proud of his stinky feet so it was all good. He stuck them out the car window on the way home). Neither of my kids have found a sport where they really excel yet. My daughter had a really tough year of gymnastics and it was I think really important that she knew that I didn’t care how she did as long as she was trying. And that it was okay for her to tell me that it sucked and that it wasn’t fun all the time. So I think you’re doing it right. Good job, mom.

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  • Nikky

    March 15, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I was diagnosed with Bilateral Patellar Femoral Pain Syndrome. My last “real” run was almost 11 weeks ago. Nine weeks of physical therapy have been completed. Several races have been “DNS’d”. I worked with that I had, light biking and weight training. However, nothing relieves stress like a good long run. I have tried running for twenty minutes only to have the pain come back. It’s been quite frustrating as this was my main source of exercise, finished a marathon four months ago, etc…I will say that YOU are a big source of inspiration! I was there at IM Louisville finish line and saw you completed it in all the glory. These setbacks are just temporary as your blog has proved time and time again.

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  • Kat

    March 17, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Thank you for making me feel like less of a weirdo. The part that resonated so much with me was how swimming and cycling just don’t hit the same spot as running does. I thought I was the only one who felt that way. I’ve been on the DL since May 2015 and am likely to be there for at least a year more… and I wanna cry about it still.

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