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.