There hasn’t been a whole lot of talk about running on the blog lately and, actually, there hasn’t been a whole lot of talk about running in my life at all.
Whenever I’m asked anything about exercise the conversation almost always comes around to running. It’s my first choice for fitness, stress relief, relaxation and me time. It’s what I love, but what happens when that love of running no longer brings you joy?
I am not injured and I’m still running but I have had to significantly cut back (no run longer than 3 miles at an easy pace). I’ve been frustrated with the fear of re-injury due to problems in my right shin (where I had the stress reaction last year) since about February or March. Days, but not miles, are passing bringing me closer to goal races and not being ready. See why there hasn’t been any chit chat about running lately. It wouldn’t be a very pleasant conversation.
A change in mindset and perspective from frustration and discouragement to putting all of my thoughts, effort and attention in the NOW. I have accepted where I am without judgement of good or bad, success or failure. It simply is. The negativity of the situation is diminished and I have been able to take things day by day without fear or stress. At first, accepting the situation as it is felt like I was giving up and it’s quite the contrary.
- there are still times when this all sucks and at those times I acknowledge and accept “yes, it does suck” and move on
- the without judgement part can be tough
- being open to change made this possible
- the personal journey (and growth) I have found myself on over the past year is how I was able to change my perspective of the situation
- I’ve stopped
focusingdwelling on races I might not run and goals I might not meet
- I don’t talk about any of this very often, I just do
I’m taking it day-by-day and step-by-step and seeing what will come of it.
I’m ready for family time and celebrating July 4th. Chad and I are running the Run For Liberty 5k this morning and then, considering, going to a movie. We have fireworks and a build your own burger bar with a forecast for perfect weather. What else could I ask for?
When was the last time you changed your perspective of a situation and just accepted it as it just is? How are you celebrating July 4th?
How about meeting me for coffee tomorrow? Stop by anytime!
Be HEALTHY. Be HAPPY. Be YOU.