Got a pretty good mental “Smackdown” yesterday. Finally went to see Dr Biggs last week about my ongoing hip and hamstring pain. Went back yesterday for a follow-up, and he benched me. For a girl who spent most of her life doing anything she could to AVOID being active, NOW…being told to NOT run for 2 weeks was tough! And on top of that, I am on a 12 day round of steroids, which scares me! It is mentally hard to be a “fat girl”, and be put on a prescription that can possibly cause weight gain. I have set my goal to be VERY meticulous with my diet over this period to see if I can avoid it, but I know what is possible. Here is my new motto:
So….for the next 2 weeks, I can swim, cycle, or use the elliptical, and only light/body weight exercises on the lower body.
I also had to swallow hard and switch my registration at the Illinois Marathon from the Full to the Half. I am trying to use my head on this one. Better to run shorter distance now so I can run longer! Yeah…OK….For those of you who know me, can you imagine me calling 13.1 miles a “shorter distance” a few years ago???? LOL!
Being called a “smart athlete” for making this decision feels good though:)
Realizing that I am nearly 41 years old, is hitting me kinda hard right now. I think back and REGRET so much of wasting my “young” body:( I wonder what I could have done had I started my journey when I was 28 instead of 38. But looking back in regret will get me nowhere! So from here on out….it is FORWARD WITH CONFIDENCE!!!! No looking back. I will do whatever I can for as long as this body will let me:) IF long-distance running is not in my fitness future, that does NOT mean I don’t have a lifetime of fitness ahead of me.
In the words of the inspiring Ashley Johns…from here it is only “FIERCE FORWARD!”