Sunday, January 30, 2011

blessing in disguise?

So what does one do when they can't run? Beside complain about not running, think about running, and avoid the new Runner's World? Well, they (I) sign up for races. Is this wrong? One race right after another. Besides signing up for the Cleveland marathon I am now officially signed up for the Shamrock Shuffle 8K. Yes, I know I swore I would never run this horrendous, overcrowded race again BUT my friend and her fabulous sister are running and I can never, EVER pass up a race with friends who don't normally run. Next on the sign up sheet... either the Cincinnati Pig 1/2 marathon or relay. This all depends on my friend who may switch teams and I would either take her relay spot and run the same relay leg as her on different teams (I would run with her husband, sister and her sister's boyfriend) or just run a very hilly but fun half marathon 2 weeks before the Cleveland full! Hey the swag is fantastic and I haven't visited my friends since they moved to Cincy so it is about time I made the 4 hour drive. Then come Feb 1st the Chicago marathon registration opens. Do I sign up? I'm thinking it might be YES!

Honestly as stressed out as I am about this foot/ankle ridiculous, random injury I have it has been the best thing for me. I was burned out before the injury. I was not enjoying running; it felt like a chore. I didn't want to do anything my schedule called for and couldn't find joy or motivation in anything. Now I appreciate running. I look forward to the day I can run to McCormick Place (my 10 mile turnaround point of my 20 mile run). I can't say I won't take the ability to run for granted again but I will embrace it with everything I have once I return. I miss weekend long runs. These last few weekends I've spent wandering around the house trying to figure out what to do. I can not wait for this Thursday in which I meet with the podiatrist again. Happy, positive thoughts I will be out of the horrendous black boot and on my way to lacing up 2 shoes. Though before that I have another work trip on the schedule. So I hope 1) the blizzard they are calling for does not actually hit and 2) my flight makes it back in town so I can make my appointment and 3) Dr. Jacobson clears me for running once again. After fitting me for orthotics of course :)

15 comments:

kilax said...

Yay, races! :)

I think it's great you are looking at this as a break to refresh. What a healthy perspective you have. I do hope your appointment goes well (and that you make it to it!).

Allie @ The Constant Pursuit said...

Definitely agree! Every time I don't feel like pushing it on a run I remember when I was injured last May-June and kick my butt in gear.

If I wasn't in comps studying mode I so wanted to do the Flying Pig! We could have done a blogger relay team and kicked some butt. ;)

Johann said...

Races are the best motivation. I really hope you get good news this week.

Marlene said...

FX on all 3 counts!

Glad you are feeling better about things and finding the positives! No runner is more motivated than when they come back from injury!

Jill said...

I fully understand about signing up for races when you can't run right now....I spend WAY too much time looking at races online when my heel hasn't been the happiest. And I'm having Chicago registration anxiety. Didn't run it last year and swore I wouldn't sign up again....but....

Hope your ankle recovers quickly so you can get back out there running!!!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

ohhh we need to find a race to run together!!!! I am thinking I will sign up for Marine Corps even though I keep vowing not to do a full :)

I agree when a friend signs up, I just feel compelled too

J said...

Glad this little rest has helped you to get over the burnout and be happy to run again! Hope you can run again soon!

ajh said...

Good luck getting back to running. Hope you make all those races! When I was injured I think 3 Runners Worlds piled up unread until I was running again!

Jeri said...

I feel like a lot of my injuries happen when I'm super burnt out from running, so 3 cheers to it being a blessing in disguise. And to be honest, January is the best time to not be running. I think I've done 5 minutes outside all month. Ugh.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

It is great you are still moving forward with plans, and taking the time you need. I want to run the Cleveland! I need to check that out!

Jenn said...

Hope that appointment goes great! Congrats on signing up for races! Good perspective on your injury!

Scarlett E said...

good luck with your appointment! I love your signing up for races plan. You're going to come back so strong!!

Jess said...

I love your positive outlook about your injury and I hope you get cleared by the doc so you can get back out there and enjoy running agAIN!

Bill Carter said...

Hi Jamie! Congrats on Disney. I have told myself that I would never do it, but your report made me think it might be one of those "must do" experiences.
I am so excited to hear you are doing the Cleve. We definitely have to meet. I am doing a half up here in early April and a bunch of bloggers are doing that and then Cleveland.
Take care of that foot and ankle.
Great Disney pics BTW!

Laura said...

GREAT perspective with the time off :)