Injured=time for reflection
My peroneal tendonitis injury has been a minor setback for my running training or maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. I have been training and racing very hard for the past year and a half. It all began with my quest to qualify for the Boston Marathon. After I gave birth to my second child I spent almost a year climbing out of the fog of terrible postpartum depression. Even though I was diagnosed much earlier the second time it still took a considerable amount of time to rebuild myself both physically and mentally to a point where I felt almost like myself again.
My quest to qualify for Boston began in the fall of 2011. Once I decided to try for my goal again I decided to take my training to the next level. I hired my awesome Sustainable Athlete Coach Denise and hit the ground running. Now a year and a half later I am a Boston Marathon qualifier and proud finisher. I am very proud that I will be able to run it again next year as I was able to re-qualify at Boston with a strong 3:34 finish that I will never forget.
During this year and a half I pushed myself harder than I ever have. I gained more inner-strength and self-confidence than I have had in a long time. I am and always will be what I call a recovering perfectionist. Perfectionism being my biggest roadblock in life. I am tired of second guessing myself and the self-doubt that comes along with being a perfectionist.
I have found more success with running and life in the past year and a half because I have learned to trust myself more and have challenged myself to try new things. Being injured has slowed me down to let my body recover from the strain of training so hard for a year and a half. This time to slow down has allowed me to refocus my goals and to find new ways to achieve what I want to do.
I can’t wait to get back on the trails but I am happy for this time to reflect!
Hopefully in a few weeks I will be back to running on the mountains and trails like last summer!