There it is again in my inbox, Hartford Marathon Foundations (HMF) e-mail taunting me! When is your next race? I don’t know, none on the docket. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I am still working on getting my back back from my spondy slip, races and runs are just not in the cards for me. I have noticed that the void of not being able to hit the pavement is starting to affect me in many ways. I am constantly reminded of all the events I was “liking” and lining up to conquer this year in my Facebook feeds. My circle of friends are posting fun runs weekly that I would love to join, even as I write this I cringe in envy at the same runners I see striding by my house daily. THEY must they must be training for something!
This week in particular I am feeling the half marathon race bug, and quite frankly a little depressed. It is that time of year that reminds me of training, getting closer to race day, cooler mornings perfect for accomplishing higher miles, getting stronger, and killing it! For those running addicts out there, you know what I am talking about!
Why am I writing this blog? Certainly not for a pity party, but more a reminder of how to refocus and set a goal to fill the void!
It is easy to get caught up in what you can’t do when you have an injury. But it is important not to stay there too long. Refocusing and setting different goals can feed your competitive edge and help you stay positive about what you can do! And there is a lot besides running! I started simple, because even the smallest victories can gain momentum to push you along. Last week it was 100 push ups five days a week. After all my arms have been neglected so why not take advantage of this running hiatus and get ripped (well not really). I also started weight training every other day, and if I complete my reps and regimen, check goal accomplished and bonus I am feeling stronger. Small simple goals equal big wins! I do plan on keeping this up through the fall and increasing intensity.
Cycling, oh yes we all know I love to ride. If you are not able to run, I highly suggest jumping in the saddle. It makes for great cross training, less pounding on the body, joint inflammation, and did I mention I can track and hit some miles and personal times? Mission to fill the void accomplished. Because it is not in my DNA to go out for a joy ride, I set a goal to finish 20, 30, 40 miles whatever the ride may be within a timeframe. Simple concept, but mentally I am winning, exhilarated, and competing with myself! Also if you want to read about the #1 reason runners should be cross training on a bicycle Shape Magazine highlights some awesome new studies. You may even improve your pace!
Sometimes you need to get back to the basics to get out of rut. There is nothing earth shattering or groundbreaking about how I am filling my running void. I have said it before and will say it again, in the wise words of my grandfather “When you have your health you have everything!” So suck it up buttercup, get moving no matter what it is and be thankful for what you CAN DO. But seriously when is my next race? How are you creating small fitness goals to refocus from an injury and fill a void?
Erin has worked in the healthcare insurance industry for over 12 years in various different roles including product management, marketing, and communications. Currently she is a Business Communications Manager at Cigna.
She is passionate about road cycling, running, soccer, sports, and rarely stays idle. Erin loves music, and lives for a good concert. Often times you will find Erin blasting a soundtrack for the day, finding a lyrical correlation to an experience or dancing it out in the kitchen with her son.
"Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future, and faith is the courage to dance it today." -Random wall hanging in her kitchen that holds true to Erin's philosophy about running her life.