This week, and probably for the rest of the year, I am focusing on getting up and over those hills. And while I sometimes think this whole blog thing is kind of pointless, I realize I that sharing my story, good or bad, is just a part of who I am.
So this morning, to momentarily take my mind off the now, I thought it’d be a good idea to read from one of my favorite and most memorable childhood books: Where the Sidewalk Ends. Well, I couldn’t read the actual hardback book – it’s in a box in the garage, but I did find excerpts all over the place on the internet. 🙂
Anyway, while reading some of his little quotes, I came across one, probably the only one I needed to find today:
“If the track is tough and the hill is rough, THINKING you can just ain’t enough!”
I have gone running three times since my last race attempt nearly two weeks ago. I knew I was not crazy that day, something didn’t feel right. The first few runs only a few days after told me that I definitely needed to take more time off before I got back on some sort of schedule. I went for it again yesterday for a six-miler and I could tell the rest did me some good. The ankle issue that I was feeling was gone, the hammies and glute still feel a bit tight. Tonight I went to the gym with my foam roller to work out these extra kinks and then did a quick circuit workout (weights) followed by push-ups, ab work and stretching. Definitely no running tomorrow but I think I will be ready to get back out there this weekend.
The only worse thing than not being able to run is not being able to run when I am so stressed out. D says he doesn’t run cause he’s not happy, he runs because he is. I always thought that was a wonderful reason, but that isn’t always the case for me – sometimes, a lot of times, I run to work things out and to free my mind of excess clutter. Right now I’d say the weekend couldn’t get here any sooner.
“Never think that someone else knows what’s best for you. Trust your way and don’t ask for so much advice. Learn how to be quiet and still enough to hear your own voice. It’s up to you: Your voice will either be silenced or will get to roar”. — Maria Shriver
“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.”
This past weekend I had 28 miles to clear my head and refocus. I decided I would do some exploring and also prove to myself that I don’t always get lost. Well, I didn’t get lost but I did lose my car key out there. Seriously.
Anyway, it was really the first time I had ever gone trail running alone (Peter’s Canyon doesn’t count) and I absolutely loved it! I think I need these types of runs every now and then.
This quote sums it up quite nicely:
“I have never found a companion that was as companionable as solitude.” –Henry David Thoreau