Getting Stronger

I woke up this morning with a familiar pain I actually liked. My legs were aching just a bit, the feeling I get the next day after I race and run hard. It had been two weeks since I had run over 3 miles and the feeling was a reminder that I am getting back to my routine. With only three weeks until my half marathon, I have some ground to cover. Literally. I have already run two 12 mile long runs in training, so if I can get 11 in next weekend and then a 12 miler, I should be well prepared. So far my ankle is going along with the plan…

This morning I did a modified brick workout. I road on my stationary bike for 45 minutes and then ran a mile on my treadmill. That was hard because it was beautiful outside and I would much have preferred to be outside. I am not ready to get my ankle on the road for a bike ride just yet. But soon, I can feel it. My mile run felt good, I increased my pace on the treadmill to an 11 minute mile. After yesterday’s run, I have more confidence in my recovery process.

The past two weeks I have learned just how much change is something I can always count on. As much as I plan and prepare, what happens is going to happen. Even if it is not on the schedule. The last thing I planned for when I went for a three mile run two weeks ago was to twist my ankle on a crack in the road. I have gained an even greater appreciation for triathlon, training, and being flexible. I don’t ever want to take for granted that I am able to participate in such a dynamic sport. Even though my running was put on hold for a bit, I was able to swim the entire time and get a few stationary cycle rides in. Being able to do that kept my fitness level up as well as my sanity. The pain in my legs this morning reminded me that I am coming back. Having to workout inside today was a reminder that I am not all the way back. Being flexible – far beyond yoga – is essential to maintaining balance and peace. Just like yoga calms the mind while flexing the body, being flexible in my situation kept me going. Modifications had to be made, but it won’t last forever. I have written on this topic before – to quote Nietzsche, Kane West, and now Kelly Clarkson “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” This was a set back, but I will be stronger. And maybe even run that 10 mile race one day in the time I accidentally got clocked at yesterday.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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