About two months ago, when I was just starting to see myself as a runner, I registered for Around the Bay — the big race — but also for the Hypothermic Half Marathon, which is this Sunday in Sarnia and is obviously not happening.
This isn’t the first race I’ve missed and I’m not that upset about spending the money or in the mood to whine about how I’m frustrated with this injury (you can read today’s earlier post for that)…I’m just trying to shift my focus from being miserable that I’m not running (especially since the weather forecast is friendlier than I ever thought a February half marathon could be) to using the spare time well.
Besides Kate’s amazing comments on all my rambles about my frustration with my aches and pains, I’ve found some other things comforting:
- “The Bright Side of Injuries” — reminding me that this is going to make me a better runner and even a better person when all is said and done
- pictures and quotes, obvs:
- other accomplishments: my articles in today’s Gazette — another dose of Mad About Fitness — about the best time of day for your workout — and an interview/bit of a promo for a speaker coming to London in honour of next week’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week stuff
- selected words of wisdom from an anonymous source who has really helped me lately:
“This is the grown up world and it is so scary…Life is about growning up and dealing with your choice and correcting it as you go. It’s not about regrets and should have could have. It’s about moving forward each day.”
- my friends and support system (online, face to face, etc.) — thank you
Realization: while I am an athlete and that is who I want to be and see myself being (and I know I will get back to this), I think you can tell it’s been a valuable learning experience here.
- Andddd I should pay attention in this classs.
Did this dose of cheese resonate with you?
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a silly injury?
How do you shift your attitude?