Yes! A 20 mile training run for Boston completed today!!! It was not stellar but it is done!
Those of you who have been following my blog know my last post from 3 weeks ago was a “stepping out of denial and acknowledging that I was injured” post. I had pulled my hamstring and hamstrings take a while to heal. So in the last few weeks I have dialed my training way back and developed a strong love/hate relationship with my foam roller. How could something that looks so tame hurt so bad! I have also increased my swimming, kept my cycling steady, stretched and iced regularly, had two deep tissue massages, worn compression shorts under my work clothes, slept more and increased my intake of water. Most of these items were things I was not doing consistently which led me to being out of balance and a target for injury. I also took six days off from running and gently increased mileage and pace when I started back.
So how do I feel after running 20 miles? To be completely honest I feel the way I always feel after running 20 miles on asphalt…stiff, sore and wiped out. (In some ways I feel more like I do after running an entire marathon!) Now if you were to see my training log you would notice that I was much faster five weeks ago when I ran the same course prior to my injury. And that is true. And what is also true is focusing on that fact is depressing. Instead, I choose to compare where I am today to where I was three weeks ago when I left my house intent on running a 20 miler and I had to pull out and quit. In fact the first few miles of that run were agony. Three weeks ago I was broken. Today was not stellar but it is improvement. So here is a funny thing that probably only other runners will get…we (my friend who I run with has been injured too) are getting healthy just in time to taper! Oh well!
Of course, all this preaches and applies to situations far more important than running. We get knocked down by situations in life either through our own poor decisions, the poor decisions of others or the fact we live in a fallen world. Loss of a job, illness, injury, broken relationship, loss of a loved one, etc., nobody is exempt. Living our life focused on how things used to be and wondering “what if” steals our joy and aborts our future. The reality is the situations that have happened in the past happened and we cannot change that fact. Life may look different but different does not mean bad. True champions get up and move forward. As the Apostle Paul’s wrote:
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13,14 NIV
So back to running. Boston is in 14 days and I am looking forward to enjoying the journey!