Yep, my last few blogs have not been the best I have to offer. In fact, I may just delete them altogether.
I found that the stress caused by the Amazon situation caused me to push myself too hard to work it out by running. Needless to say, last week's runs weren't the greatest. And the result--a relapse of an old injury that I haven't seen in a few years. So, you're thinking, how is this a more positive blog? Here it is--I realize my mistake, and it was a hard lesson learned. While running is a great stress release for me, I guess the stress became just too much to try to run off, and I reinjured myself.
While I'm not able to run, what can I do instead? First, I need to focus more on the positive lessons. I somehow got sidelined from my 2014 goal to find something beautiful about every day. Last week I did not do that. No matter what, there is always something beautiful in every day. I lost sight of that, and I am back to finding that beautiful thing about each day.
Yes, it has been a year filled with obstacles. But I can't let these moments define who I am or where I am going. It may be time to just let the Amazon scam go and just walk away, lesson learned. Since last summer, I've learned that I'm bigger than bad people and that I will overcome any obstacle thrown my way. I have to--because I am stronger.
So, this week, my workouts will be made up of walking, outside in the stupid frigid cold (my face has been so frozen that I get to see how I would look with botox treatments), and on the treadmill and elliptical at night. I was able to recover from this injury before by running on the ellipitical, instead of the treadmill, because it doesn't stress my hip and inner thigh the way running does. I may not be putting up the big numbers in fitness minutes and steps that I have been, and that's okay. Because it's more important that I rehabilitate the injury first, then return to increasing my running mileage, slowly.
The best part--by taking it slowly I am able to better enjoy the view along the way--the beauty of the birds singing, and hopeful sight of the snow melting (please?!). I'll be fine--I always am--because I've proven time and time again that I'm a survivor.
And finally, Happy St. Patrick's Day from Jasper! May you find a pot of gold at the end of your rainbow.
Disclaimer: No dogs were humiliated in the creation of this image. All effects are painted on.