I love to be able to run. I’ve always thought that running is probably one of the only things I’m good at. And by good I don’t mean elite-level good. I feel confident in my running. I feel alive. I feel unstoppable.
Unfortunately all runners know injury will come knocking on the front door someime or another. We don’t like to welcome them in the door but we do it reluctantly.
These past two weeks I’ve been dealing with a calf strain and I’m finally sort of getting over it. It’s a great relief to be able to finally run again! I had just started running again sometime back in June of this year. The reason I stopped running was because I had a knee injury that I thought was for life. I didn’t think I would ever run again so I started lifting weights attempting to get “swole”. I just wanted to stay fit somehow and since I couldn’t run I figured I’d lift.
Long story short, the cause of my recurring knee pain was that of bad shoes. All I needed was a good pair of running shoes!!! I spent a lot money trying to figure out the cause of my knee pain and I simply needed new shoes!
So here I am finally getting back to running. The passion for it has returned to me and I’m enjoying every minute of it. Injuries suck but they make you realize how much you really like to run. You miss it instantly and can’t wait to get back on your feet and start running again.
Since running again I’ve had one 5k in the summer and one 15k a few weeks ago. My next race was this coming week for the annual turkey trot in Tyler, Tx but my injury really messed up my plans to compete for the top 3 position. Last year I got 13 or 14th, can’t remember, but I told myself I’d come back stronger and I was doing just that until my calf strain. A real bummer but I’m not making excuses so I’m going to head into that race confident and with a plan-B. My plan B is to simply beat my time from last year’s race which was 18:49(?).
I can’t wait to run next week but I also can’t wait until I get some more training under my feet and eventually bump up mileage and race distances. I’d like to move up and run a marathon soon. I told myself when I was in college that I’d run one but it’s been about 6-7 years now and I still haven’t ran one! After the marathon I want to run ultras.
I just want to run man.
I’m so thankful that I can run because I know one day I won’t be able to. So I’m taking advantage of my good health and time right now while I still have them both.
Go run! Get outside!