Words of Wisdom Wednesday

July 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

“The most essential factor is persistence – the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.” –James Whitcomb Riley

I was on the dreadmill last night for the first run of my 19-week training schedule for the CIM. Before I even got to the gym I could tell that I was in a crappy mood because of my nagging foot problem. Day after day I can tell my foot hasn’t healed completely and I am frickin’ sick and tired of. I’ve been trying to be cautious and ride my bike more until it gets better, but not running as much has given me a case of runner’s injury depression. (By the way, I Googled that phrase and it really happens!)

When you enjoy doing something and you’ve made it such a routine part of your life and then suddenly something out of your control is preventing you from doing it, you can’t help by feel crappy and cranky that you can’t fix what’s wrong and get back to it. Maybe that’s it; maybe it’s the being out of control part that’s really bothering me. Either way, it sucks. But as any other runner would do, I got back to it; even if it’s only for a few miles. So onto the treadmill I went.

Verdict: foot still bothering me, but it’s been worse so that’s a good sign, right? Orthotics: check. Slight incline on the treadmill: check. A slower pace for shorter runs: check. My persistence will pay off in the end; it’s just getting there that’s a pain in the butt! Hopefully Thursday’s short run will show more signs of progress this stupid foot thing is going away (fingers crossed).

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