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Monday, March 08, 2010

11 days since my last run...I didn't know such a simple little phrase could depress me so much. I tore my hamstring playing volleyball and while in the midst of training for my first half-marathon on May 2. The physical therapist said on Friday that maybe this week we could try easing back to running. I'm back on elliptical with no problem but, as of this morning, he tells me running is still out for probably all this week yet. I'm not sure when my running status became what defined me but I feel so depressed over it and not just a little panicky! What if I can't get prepared for that half? What if I can't run regularly and as far as I was? What if all my weight comes back?? How much stamina/fitness do I lose in this time (even though I'm doing elliptical, it's not the same as running.)? Are there other halfs--yes but I haven't dealt with a setback like this since I started losing weight and have a lot of uncertainty that I can recover from this enough to get back into running. Having a bad day/week... emoticon
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    This doesn't define you! YOU define YOURSELF. And you've come from a lot farther behind than this, right? Even if you have to start over, you're not starting over at zero! And think of it this way... you'd have to have gone OVER your BMR by 3500 calories just to gain 1 pound. I have every faith you'll bounce right back, but you have to give yourself time to heal or you'll be out even longer! You should have faith in yourself too.. look at all you've accomplished!
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