New month. Carlos is officially back to school. Time to get back on track. No back pedaling. No looking in the rear views mirror of life. No regrets. What’s done is done. I’m future focused and excited for the month ahead.
Three things I’m thankful for:
- My good health
- A healed Achilles
- My son’s renewed enthusiasm for school
Thought of the day:
“Sometimes life knocks you on your ass… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” Steve Maraboli (click on Steve’s name to read a fitting post if you are determined to move forward starting now)
What’s making me happy today:
An early run after work at my happy place.
Looking forward to spending this Labor Day with my husband and son.
Getting organized for the week ahead
Carlos and I bagged snacks and filled containers with applesauce and yogurt for school lunch.
I wrote out a weekly meal plan for dinners and a grocery list.
I have a workout plan for the week that includes some running, strength and yoga.
With that said I think it’s time to mention running again. Without going backwards I will just say that my Achilles took almost 3 months to heal. When I finally started running again in mid-July my runs were slow and short. My busy summer schedule made it challenging to find time to run long enough to train for the Vermont 50 Ultramarathon I had signed up to run at the end of September. Still I clung to the hope that somehow I might be able to muddle through. Deep down I knew the timing was wrong. The Vermont City marathon at the end of May was intended to be the halfway point of my ultra marathon training. Then from there I was to build up my mileage, endurance and tweak my nutrition for the course. As August began to fly by with little increase in my mileage I finally accepted that running an ultra marathon post injury with incomplete training was not only dangerous, but also very unwise. I would never advise a fellow runner to go through with it so why did I think I should attempt it? Pride. Fear of feeling like a failure. Frustration.
The exact moment I made the decision to drop out of the Vermont 50, I felt an enormous sense of relief. The next day I went for a run. No headphones, no Garmin, no Map My Run, no watch. It was freeing. I ran slowly and comfortably. I focused on keeping my breathing even and unlabored. I ran only as long as I wanted to and stopped when I didn’t feel like running anymore with no concern about pace, time or mileage.
I’ve been going along like this for a couple of weeks and it’s just what I need to get myself back into running. It is the first time since I began running that I have run simply because I love to run and not because I’m training for something. However, I miss training. I miss the schedule, preparing for a race off in the distance and having a goal, but I’m not quite ready to set my sights on anything to daunting.
My next running goal is actually not about me at all. It’s about my friend Kate. On October 19, 2014 I will be running the Baystate Half Marathon alongside Kate as she completes her first half marathon. I am going to train with her over the next 6 weeks. On top of running we have also been meeting once a week for a boot camp style workout where we do a variety of strength training and core strengthening exercises.
Kate has an awesome story to tell and I’m hoping she’ll let me share it here. I’m super excited for her. I think this is going to be an unforgettable experience for us both. The truth is, I am starting all over again only this time with the knowledge I’ve gained from all the miles I’ve run over the last 5 years. There’s no looking back…
Hi Aimee, I think after we’ve done fitness for many years, like you and I have, there eventually comes a point where striving to get better just leads to burnout. At a certain point, I thought I’d grown to resent weightlifting entirely. Like you explain above, I had to go back to just having fun with no goals involved to like it again. I needed to feel the freedom again. For this reason, I have fitness projects that are mostly for fun with goals that never need to be met. And I spend possibly too much time talking to friends on certain gym days. Ironically, playing around more has given me greater staying power for fitness. You sound wise! 🙂
A new month…and I love the attitude…”get up, get up, get up!” I’ve been struggling with the weight loss lately, especially with the stupid plantar faciaitis, so I need to just keep on going. This was a perfect post to remember…do something you enjoy doing, it’s all about the journey.
I’m so happy your heel is better and that Carlos loves his new school!