It’s amazing how depressing it is to have an injury. It has taken me quite some time to get back to my normal training schedule. There were days when I felt like I would never get back to where I was. I just kept telling myself, one day at a time. I slowly started running a half mile, full mile, and then two miles. I am at the point now where I am running a 5k every other day. My goal is to be able to run a full 8k by the end of February for an upcoming race. I feel like that’s a realistic goal. With slow training, cross training, and stretching/yoga, I should reach that goal with no further acquired injuries.
I have surprisingly become addicted to treadmill running. I think it’s because of the lesser impact on my body. However, I really do miss the scenery. It’s just more convenient to run at the gym. I have cross training and a stretching room available for immediate use after my run. This weekend I am going to run somewhere beautiful. Maybe somewhere new. I am very much so looking forward to it. Living in the Tampa Bay area provides the perfect backdrop for a run. The ocean is so calming and yet magnificent. I don’t think I could ever become jaded enough to not appreciate the beauty of where I live. Although truth be told, I am ready to live and run in the mountains! I want actual seasons!
Since starting this blog, I have actually inspired quite a few people to run. This makes me happy. This is the main reason for creating this site. I want others to find the peace I have found from running. I want others to love their body and within doing so love themselves. Surround yourself with people who are like-minded and uplift rather than drag you down. You only have one life. Live it to the fullest. RUN! Trust me, once you get past the initial endurance building, you will be addicted! If you are looking for an accountability partner, reach out to me. Having someone who supports and understands your process makes it a whole lot more fun of a journey.