Little Smiles

It is the little things in life that make me smile. Like being able to rotate my left ankle in a complete circle and not feel pain. Granted, I did it slowly, but I did it. Today also was the first day that I was able to get out of the pool without having someone give a hand to stand me up. I was able to maneuver standing up with minimal pressure on my left foot, and no pain. Like a 9 month old baby, I smiled at my ability to stand all by myself. Before some of you worry that I am going to try and run this weekend, I am not – you can rest assured (and maybe smile a little). Although I sure am thinking of when I can make a try of it…

This week truly has been a learning experience for me. I am listening more to my body than ever. This morning I had a swim workout planned for my training partner and me. Her plan was for 3,000 meters and I told her I will swim until my body says done. That happened at 2,000 meters. And unbeknownst to me the 2,000 meter swim took me over 200,000 meters year to date that I have swum. So I had a little smile at that little milestone.

An injury and a set back in training is a big thing. Looking for the little things that are good can get crowded out. My spirits today were lifted because I am feeling a little better, a little thing to make me smile. I am also realizing just how important each day is and no moments should be taken for granted. We plan and plan for the expected things in life.  I had my training schedule mapped out through the end of the year practically and then my ankle sprain changed things. That certainly was not planned, but I am adapting. There are several question marks now in my plan, but I only have today for sure. So I will make the most of the day, with the little things and the little smiles.

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