|Alright Feet & Legs? Let's do this.|
Today's run was about courage. In fact, most of my runs are about courage.
|Thanks for the inspiration, John Bingham :)|
...the courage to crash and burn.
...the courage to push myself THIS much further than the day before.
...the courage to stop short when all I want to do is go further, because it's the smart thing to do.
...the courage to listen to my body and respect it.
...the courage to work at something that doesn't come naturally to me.
...the courage to believe.
I was delighted when this song came on my ipod right as I switched from warm-up walking to running...it's been a favorite for awhile now, but it was just perfect today.
Normally I like to start runs with a little "Til I Collapse" courtsey of Eminem, but today's run wasn't about pushing it to the limit. It was about believing in miracles and just getting out there and getting moving.
Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know someday it'll all turn around
I'd forgotten how good it feels to run outside without snow and ice. It feels good. I'd forgotten how much I love spring runs when it just smells NEW and FRESH and EARTHY outside. A little mud is okay too.
My legs felt really good at the beginning, and I kept to 2/1 run/walk intervals. While the backs of my knees felt tight after about a mile, I didn't feel any knee pain AT ALL until about 1.75 which is a full .75 miles longer than my last runs. When the knee pain started again (BTW it's in both knees now...*resists urge to bum out about this!!*), I immediately switched to walking. Because today courage on my run meant the courage to risk an imperfect run and the courage to put my body first. And that's just fine.
Today I am not frustrated by the slow pace or the short distance. I am not disappointed or angry. I am grateful.
...grateful that my calves feel great and that my tibia finally seems to be completely healed.
...grateful that the sore foot that was plaguing me after the half-marathon was just a sore foot and not something serious, as it is also completely better.
...grateful that it is finally spring because oh how I have missed running outdoors.
...grateful that I ran .75mi further than last time without pain.
...grateful that I can walk 100% pain free...with the stress fracture NOTHING was pain free!
...grateful that I can still walk my 10K next weekend.
I think it's time to book a massage and consult the doctor though...I have to wonder if there's something nutrition wise going on with all of these muscle problems lately. But I am grateful that my positive attitude is peeking out again.