A Clearing

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I’ve listened to my body telling me to stop before the injury gets worse. First my shin, then my hamstring and most recently my Achilles. I waited patiently doing all that I could to help myself heal completely. Now that I’m healed it feels like I’m starting over. The run is slower, harder both mentally and physically. I won’t quit though. I’ll get back to the place I was at once before and just when it starts to feel the slightest bit easy again I will challenge myself to push further.

The trail may be the same but the run is always different, ever changing. I needed to stop for a moment today to remind myself that I run for more than just physical fitness. I run as much with my mind and heart as I do with my legs. My speed may have slowed down but my love of running is as strong as ever.

8 thoughts on “A Clearing

  1. I am glad you are healed. You built up to your pre-injury speed, you built up to pre-injury distance, one run at a time. You stay on program one food choice at a time.

    I love the way you talk about running. That love of running will definitely carry you through!

  2. Love this post! Glad you’ve healed and have learned about really listening to your body about what’s up! I’m just now getting into running again, bit by bit and man, is it a learning experience.

  3. Yep, I know its hard to stop when you want to keep going, but I am glad you let yourself heal. 😀 (I literally just typed “heel” and almost left it!)

  4. Truer words have never been spoken! Build back up carefully, slowly and smartly. I feel like I go through the process at least once a year, usually several times per year (either after long vacations, between training seasons, or (hopefully rarely) after injury). But yep, you just do it again. It’s all part of the cycle.

  5. Hi Aimee! Yes, listen to your body, that’s smart. I honestly think that being fit is more about how I feel mentally than anything else. I totally get what you’re saying in this post.

    🙂 Marion

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