Sunday, August 12, 2012

Starting over

It seems like I've been plagued with injuries all year.  My mileage has suffered greatly and so has my motivation and health in general.  I've been having some issues with my Achilles tendon being really stiff and causing me some pain and with that lack of running my cardio has suffered.  When the achilles was finally starting to feel better I started to add some mileage back. I had the naive notion that I'd still be able to go out and run the mileage I had before without much difficulty.  Boy was I wrong.  It's hard not to feel discouraged when you look back at being able to run 13 miles with no problem to not being able to run 3 without walking a little.  I'm learning to cut myself some slack.  If I push myself too hard to get back to where I was before I'll just end up injured again and the rest of my running goals would have to wait.  Now, I'm trying to be patient with my recovery and my health so I can stay healthy and reach all of those goals.  I want to run a full marathon in 2013, which means that I need to slowly start building my mileage back up.  The one that I want to run is not until September of 2013 so I do have some time to get my body ready.  The best part is that I have a boyfriend that is supportive of my health goals and that will continue to motivate and encourage me to work toward them.

So, I'm starting over.  I'm not going to worry about what has come before now, I'm only going to focus on where I'm going and what I need to do to get there. I'll get there.

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