After my recent achilles injury (the first of my short running career), I realized yesterday that I have been running in fear. I think that I have known this all along, but it has gotten out of control.
Don’t get me wrong. A certain amount of fear is good for a runner. I know that I am not beyond getting a run ending injury, especially as I add speed and miles. So when I say No FEAR, I don’t mean being stupid! I mean that I’ve gotten to the point where I am so fearful of getting hurt that running isn’t fun anymore. I spend much of my run literally doing mental checks of my body and making sure there isn’t something happening for which I need to stop my run.
So I am changing my attitude. I will run and be careful, but not to the point of fear. I will still soak my foot after my run and tape up, but I have decided to enjoy running again. If I feel something that hurts, I’ll be careful, but if I stop at every ache and pain, I’ll never make my goal of a September marathon.
It is a new day!
Yesterday was hot. TJ said real feel was 90, but I think with the heat radiating off the road, it must have “felt” hotter. I use the Weather Bug app on my phone and as I saw storm clouds gathering, I kept checking the app for lightening. It is really cool. There is a part of the app called “Spark” that will tell you how far lightening is away from you. It started 11 miles away and by the time I hit the 5 mile mark on my run lightening was 4 miles away. I texted TJ to come home and I went inside. 5 minutes after TJ came in the door the storm hit. I love technology.
Monday is a holiday so I am taking tomorrow off. It is supposed to cool off and be a beautiful weekend.
I am going to enjoy running again!