|Getting my nerd on at NYCC|
It's been almost a year since I took that first step towards many miles to come, and it wasn't until now that I have encountered my dreaded first injury. Sure there was soreness and fatigue, but nothing that kept me from pushing through. Last week I flew out to New York to be a part of New York Comic Con for a few days. Once I had my travel plans set I decided to check out any races that might be going on so I could add that to my list. Turns out the Rock N Roll Brooklyn 10k was that weekend so I convinced a couple friends to sign up with me and made it official. Bad idea.
|Brooklyn 10k with some old (and new) friends!|
|Abby and I pre and post race at the Monster Dash|
A couple days ago (just one week since my initial injury) I felt recovered enough to do the Monster Dash 5k. I wasn't feeling any pain so I thought I was ready to run again. I got about 2 miles into my run when the pain hit. About a half mile later it was too much and I had to stop and walk the rest of the way. This was heartbreaking considering I was pacing towards a new PR, but my body comes first and I realized I needed to slow down. Now I'm a little over 3 weeks away from my next half marathon and so nervous that I won't be ready considering my lack of training as I rest, or worse that I won't be able to run because of this ankle issue.
I was feeling pretty down about it yesterday, I was unwilling to accept that I have limits. I don't like admitting weakness and definitely not defeat. So hopefully with the proper care and rest I'll be where I need to be for Vegas. Even if I have to crawl, roll, limp, shimmy or pimp walk then belly flop across the finish line, you better believe I will make it there. In the mean time, I received the most amazing news today! I literally have been smiling all morning since I read the message from I Run 4. Finally, after months of waiting in anticipation, I have been matched with a buddy! Awhile back I posted about motivation for running and the organization I Run 4. They're really amazing and I definitely suggest you check them out. I'm chatting with the mother of my buddy as I type this so I'll be writing a follow up post to tell you all about my little buddy soon!
Just remember, you're never given more than what you can handle. Sometimes hitting rock bottom can remind you to start over and use that low point as the foundation to build your future on. All you need is a new day to start over and make a change. If you're having a rough time or struggling, have faith that you'll get through and be stronger for it. When you don't have a leg to stand on, lean on your friends for support and let them help you continue pushing forward.