Ya know, life has a funny way of giving us what we need….which is not always what we want.
Earlier this winter I was struggling with running. Those of you who followed along with my 50 day challenge probably remember I was having mixed emotions with running, and scaled back on the cardio and started doing cross fit. Well then in the last week of March I fell flat on my butt when taking the dog out on the ice. Thankyouvermuch Erie for snowing like crazy in March. Sheesh.
Anyway, after I fell I was struggling. Everything hurt. For a week after I fell I tried to workout like normal…everything from crosfit, to spinning, to running. Yeah, all the things someone with a back injury shouldn’t do. Eventually I gave up and went to the doctor and physical therapist who said I had sprained my back. So I spent a few days laying on the couch trying not to cry and catching up on Grey’s Anatomy. Eventually I progressed to hot yoga, then walking, then the elliptical…and finally RUNNING.
I remember thinking how funny it was that in the middle of March the last thing I wanted to do was go for a long run. And a few weeks later when I couldn’t, that seemed like the only thing that would make me happy. Yeah, like I said. Damn life.
So maybe I needed just a liiiiiitle extra time off from running? Regardless, thats what I got. And I missed it. And Im super happy to be back. Ive missed looking down and seeing these on the pavement 🙂
So today I decided to try my longest run so far: 3 miles. Ok, it was a run/walk. And really it was more of a shuffle/walk…I don’t really feel like Im truly running yet. But I was OH SO thankful to be able to just throw on my running shoes and go outside and enjoy the morning.
So what does the future hold for me and running? To be honest, I have no idea. Maybe Ill stick to local 5 and 10ks. Maybe Ill train for a half marathon. Maybe Ill decide I never want to run more than three miles and go back to cross fit. All I do know is this injury has taught me what a blessing my body is and how I should treasure the ability to MOVE each day, regardless of the activity. Right now Im just happy to be back in my running shoes 🙂