Oh hey summer plans and summer days? Where did you go? I was all about those lofty goals last time I checked in on this blog. Sub 40 for a 10k and planning on getting in the mid 5s for the mile, but then INJURY.
My ankle had started to feel weird in May, by July it was painful to have a blanket over my foot at night. I knew something was up and that running would not be possible for a while. 8 weeks later, I’m back! What did I do with all my time off? Was I as motivated as part-time mermaid Colleen Quigly who is bouncing back from her injury and won a steeplechase race in Berlin in 9:10 this weekend? or maybe as on top of the bike as much as Jordan Hasay who will be defending her Chicago title in October? NOPE! While I am so inspired by the pros, I did nothing but PT three times a week. Oh, and I tried out spin class and have 3 classes left to do before October. The motivation to move beyond going through PT just was not there.
When it comes to injuries, I’ve realized I’m lazy AF. Part of me just likes to tell myself that I’m resting off the injury and making it better by staying off of it. But if I’m being honest with myself, if I’m not running, I’m not good at making myself work. I get the sads and would prefer to stay up late and sleep in. It’s a real bummer that this happened over the summer after a dark winter of training, but injuries happen.
The positive side of things is that I’m working towards getting stronger. My hamstrings and glutes have been fired up and I look forward to marathon training to reach a new PR in Houston. I’ll be plugging in the Hanson’s plan and moving forward in a couple of weeks and I’m pretty excited about that.