After my second deferral of my fall/winter racing season at Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah I started to get back on track. However; the truth is that with my hip pain I had to take it really easy and ramp up very slowly, so while I had gotten back to running by the time the Kiawah Island Half Marathon rolled around this past weekend, I was only doing 3/4 mile runs because that is what my body could handle without getting unhappy. So, I made the smart decision to defer the race until 2016 when I will be better able to tackle it.
I’ll be honest, after a great start with a spring/summer training season that included a 5K PR and awesome training runs, the rest of 2015 has not been kind to me running wise. I had a hip issue that knocked me out for pretty much all of September and October . Then, when I returned to running in November and December I was was only able to do short 3/4 mile runs without upsetting my hip more. Currently, on top of all that, I pulled a muscle in my lower back that is so painful I can barely walk. Which means, I have been unable to do any type of workout for the last 10 days. Basically, I have had some crappy lucky this fall/winter with my running.
The truth is I could get really upset about it because the way I was training this spring/summer I was going to be shooting for a PR for sure. However, I am not allowing myself to dwell on what could have happened or to be upset about the runs I missed. Instead I am focusing on all the good that has happened this fall/winter:
– I launched my own social media/blog coaching business.
– My first online course, Turn Your Blog into a Money Making Brand, had 14 amazing girls in it.
– I am running a second session of my online course right now.
– I got my RRCA coaching certification.
– I will launch my run coaching in January.
– However, 6 wonderful ladies tracked me down early and I am already coaching them and LOVING every minute of it.
So, instead of crying over all the races that were supposed to happen this fall/winter, all the runs I missed, and all the injuries I have, I am thinking of how blessed I am that so much good has happened this fall/winter and that so many amazing people are here to support me in all that I do be in good, bad, or ugly.
As soon as my pulled lower back muscle is healed and it no longer hurts to move I will ease back in first with some walking to test the water. Then, work my way back up to the 3/4 mile runs that my hip tolerates and see where things go from there. I am hoping that continued strength and stretching work with my sports med chiropractor will help those mileage numbers jump up a bit higher little by little.
Let me know –
How do you stay positive when things get tough?
Have you had to DNS many races before?