Soooo…Not Really Doing Another Marathon

by tinareale on November 29, 2012

Yesterday, I feared saying that. Today, I embrace it.

When I decided to train for another marathon I promised myself something.

I wouldn’t make the same mistake twice. Namely, I wouldn’t spend my training time fighting away an injury and hoping it doesn’t get worse. I have already done that once. Undoubtedly, the injury got worse and the joy of running lessened through it all. I promised myself that, should the same warning signals happen again, I would listen. I would not push through expecting different results.

I think somewhere deep down I knew I needed to make that promise ahead of time…because I somehow had a feeling I would need to keep it. Sure enough, I’m going to have to keep that promise to my body.

I have decided to NOT run a second marathon right now. I will still race the Rock N Roll New Orleans HALF marathon, but not the full as originally planned.

I know it must feel like some rash decision, but I assure you it’s not. I have strongly considered this for a few weeks now. Like I said, even from the beginning, I went in with this possibility very likely in my mind. I noticed that any time I got to a certain mileage on long runs (over 12 miles), the aches I would experience increased significantly – going from general training fatigue and soreness to pain and warning signs of injury.

Two weeks ago, the ankle pain plagued me. We chalked it up to the shoes and I visited the sports chiropractor. Last week, I felt fine…but could still feel that my ankle wasn’t 100% better. I didn’t have pain, though, so I assumed the best. This week? So far I have felt pain on both of my runs – 4 miles on the treadmill on Tuesday and 10 miles yesterday. In fact, I had a pretty hobble going the last three miles of my run yesterday.

I knew.

I immediately emailed Heather (online running coach) the following yesterday:

I really fear for this. I do not, and probably cannot mentally, face more frustration from running and fighting injury. When I read peoples’ race recaps or think about having to say "soooo…not really doing another marathon" those are the times I want to stick it out most. But then when I think about deep down how I feel in my gut, I feel halves are best for me for the foreseeable future. I almost feel like dropping back would make me truly happier and find more joy in running again…but I fear that. Maybe because I don’t want to regret the decision or because I fear letting people down? I don’t know.

When she replied back that she agreed it would be best to keep my ankle pain from continuing to worsen, I cried. Not because I couldn’t do the full. I cried tears of relief. I guess it somehow confirmed what I felt in my heart – that this is the best decision and that it is okay.

This year has been rough for many reasons – things too personal that I haven’t discussed on the blog, a variety of stressors with our home, and most recently the very painful loss of Roxy. Running doesn’t compare to those things. Quite simply, I need running as a release and a joy  to counteract those TRUE losses and hurts and concerns – not an additional cause of stress and frustration. I spent much of this past year in that state and I can’t go back. I refuse to go back. Although I do feel slightly bummed, I’m really okay with the decision.

I have learned a lot of perspective on the things that truly matter this year. I feel as though this year has been the year of “let Go and let God”. I still have much growing to do in many, many ways. This “loss” is nothing. In fact, it’s a gain – of more respect for what my body needs right now, of more time to balance my busy life, and of more perspective on just how much God blesses me each and every day. I choose to let go of control and what I planned to do, in order to remain #blessedtorun.

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But, more importantly, simply blessed.

Your Turn: Do you feel like this year has been teaching you a certain something over and over?

{ 70 comments }

1 Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian November 29, 2012 at 6:34 am

That must have been a rough decision, but you have to listen to your body. Way to stay positive!

2 Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings November 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

Love this post Tina. Thanks for being honest with us, I feel like with fitness and health it’s hard to make the decisions we need to make but they always turn out for the best when we listen to our bodies :) I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

3 Lauren November 29, 2012 at 7:08 am

So so happy for you Tina! I think it’s truly commendable that you can honor your life and body for what it’s capable of and not second guess yourself just because your mind is telling you one thing. Couldn’t be more supportive for you love!

4 lindsay November 29, 2012 at 7:10 am

i think it’s very smart! you know your bodies abilities and maybe it just needs a little more time before running another marathon. ENjoy your half marathon training. Those are more fun anyway, hehe.

5 tinareale November 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Agreed on the fun part!

6 Christina November 29, 2012 at 7:28 am

I think this is something most runner need to embrace – that it should never be a cause for additional stress and frustration. Good for you for finding that place in your mind where you are at peace with changing the plan. I have two marathons as goals next year but am going into it with every expectation that a change in plan might have to occur. And I too feel that running first and foremost needs to be a joy and giving my body health and fitness. Mileage numbers, while so rewarding when they are accomplished, aren’t as important as a healthy run, in my opinion. Good luck healing on that current injury. I’m working thru a foot issue myself. :)

7 Rachel B - Busy Mama November 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Well said, I totally agree.

8 michelle November 29, 2012 at 7:29 am

You have to listen to your body. I’ve made the mistake of continuing to train and run when I knew I was injured and it took so long to finally recover.

9 tinareale November 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I know your pain. Did that earlier this year and don’t want to do it again. Thanks for the support, Michelle!

10 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 29, 2012 at 7:58 am

Proud of you for listening to your body. Sometimes our minds like to cloud out what our bodies are trying to tell us and sometimes (I know I have this problem) our egos get in the way. Listening to your body, understanding where it’s at right now, what it can and can’t handle and what the BEST decision FOR YOU is, is a beautiful thing. Good for you! SO proud of you. :)

11 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete November 29, 2012 at 11:15 am

I second this!

12 tinareale November 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm

That’s EXACTLY it! The ego thing. You hit the nail on the head. When I thought about the true WHY of why I wanted to do the full, it was all ego reasons. Not a good enough reason by a long shot.

13 Linz @ Itz Linz November 29, 2012 at 8:01 am

Good for you for listening to your body! Itz really HARD to take a step break, but itz definitely best. I understand since I had to end my run streak. And itz awesome that you still get to do the half and rock it!!!

14 Becky Przy November 29, 2012 at 8:03 am

Tina you are such a smart woman! I have been in the same situation and pushed through w/marathon training and I feel like I missed out on 6 months of my life because I was obsessed with fighting my injuries, # of miles I was logging, etc. YOu are such an inspiration to follow your gut.

I would say I have been trying to learn the same lesson over and over this year–listen to my body, let go let God, take it easy, relax….this has been a very mentally and physically tiring year.

15 Lee November 29, 2012 at 8:05 am

I know it’s hard, but I’m proud of you for listening to your body. I think that sometimes reading a lot of running websites or blogs makes it seem like the marathon, while difficult, is kind of like a common thing that people do. But the truth is that it’s quite taxing on the body.

16 Danielle November 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I totally agree with you, Lee! running long distances is really tough. it’s just not something that everyone and anyone can do, period. as much as I wanted to believe that “anyone can run a marathon” I had to face my own reality that I was not one of them. and btw, this post is AMAZINGLY inspiring and really hits home for me, and I’m sure a lot of people out there. I trained for a marathon last year and started reading all these running blogs and kept thinking/wondering what was wrong with me because once I past mile 13, I kept getting injury after injury, ending up with a stress fracture and having to drop out of my marathon. It was my ego that got in my way no doubt, and also reading all those blogs made me feel kinda weak and useless at times.
Anyways, thanks for these great posts and being so motivating and awesome, ladies. God bless!

17 Coco November 29, 2012 at 8:06 am

It is a hard decision to make, but it sounds like it is the right decision. Running should be a fun and ^healthy^ activity. If you spend all your time battling injuries, it’s not really either. Plus, you will rock the HALF and have mroe energy to celebrate afterwards!

18 tinareale November 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Which is a great thing to have more energy since pretty sure Peter and I are planning a big trip for after the race.

19 Calee November 29, 2012 at 8:10 am

I’m proud of you for making this decision, and hoping the half goes well. I caught marathon fever after my first one too, and I was severely injured. I thought I was going to run a 50K after! Um. No.

Keep listening to your body and checking in with Heather! Have a great day!

20 Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family November 29, 2012 at 8:12 am

Thank you for being so honest. I have the same fears about my body holding up if I ever want to even think about doing a full. I just don’t know if my body is cut out for it. I have to take pride in the fact that 13.1 miles is still an awesome feat of strength and determination. I am so proud of you for listening and staying true to your body. It speaks so much more volume than if you didn’t and ran the full.

21 tinareale November 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Lee commented above that in the blog world we see so many full marathoners that we lose sight of how it’s not as common as we think and that 13.1 or other distances are still dang impressive. Let’s rock and be proud of our 13.1s!!

22 Heather (Where's the Beach) November 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

Gotta do what’s best for you and your body! My running partner wanted me to run the Little Rock full with her. She was going to help me train and all that, but like you said, I feel like I’m training to ward of injuries rather than training to race. It’s frustrating, but you’ll rock that half!!

23 Cat @ Breakfast to Bed November 29, 2012 at 8:38 am

with how bad my knee has become, I realize I’ve probably run my last mary. It’s taken some getting used to, but I’d rather live a long and fruitful life with two strong legs than worry about a PR.

I can still go for a run, logging as many miles as feels ok that day, but I don’t think my knee would survive the rigorous training required to run a mary.

Moreover, the most recent studies I’ve read about long term marathoners isn’t promising. It’s actually quite disturbing. As it would seem, marathons aren’t really very healthy at all.

24 Jess November 29, 2012 at 8:42 am

I am REALLY proud of you for this decision my friend — it is absolutely THE right one to make, clearly based on what you’ve shared here AND all of the things going on with you personally that we don’t even know about. You are such a smart and thoughtful person and SO SO strong and I really admire your ability to make this decision without feeling guilty or like you let yourself (or us) down. You truly are letting go and letting God lead your way, which is exactly how life should be lived. At least in my opinion it is and I am so glad you’re letting Him guide you down the path. You are inspiring to the nth degree to me, and I want you to know that.

PS on running — it should ALWAYS be a stress reliever vs. stress inducer and I’m glad you can see the difference…I feel like so many runners feel like they ‘have to’ act a certain way to be a runner, including running tons of races, pushing farther and harder, and they lose sight of the real meaning of running: it should be a release, a joyful time even. That’s what I adore most about running and always will.

25 Carissa @Fit2Flex November 29, 2012 at 8:47 am

Awww I hate to read this, because I know it’s a hard decision for you, but you know it’s the right one. I’ve done one full and I want to do another, but I don’t know if my body can do that. Blogging is a beautiful, supportive community, but it can be hard to read someone’s 25th marathon recap and wonder, “Why can’t I do that?” Am I not tough enough? No – your body is just different. You have killer fast half times. Enjoy that and the joy of running!

26 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles November 29, 2012 at 8:49 am

I think this is the smartest decision you could make – it’s so much better to do what your body is asking you to do than to try and push it and risk injury. I know you’ll still rock that half. :-)

27 Jenni November 29, 2012 at 8:50 am

Five years ago I was told that I could no longer run. I was in the near the end of training for a half marathon. I cried and cried and cried. I understand your frustration, but know in my heart you are making the right decision. A new year is on the horizon with wonderful challenges ahead!

28 Haley @ The Saucy Apple November 29, 2012 at 8:52 am

Tina! I’m so proud of you. :)

I’m guilty of pushing through when it comes to running, and it leaves me injured in the long run (pun intended). You are reminding us that our health is more important than our goals sometimes are and that we can TWEAK our goals to suit our health. :) Bravo!

29 tinareale November 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Oh, I love that – “tweak our goals to suit our health”. Such a great thought!

30 Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper November 29, 2012 at 8:55 am

Good for you, Tina. The whole point of running is to feel good, and if running marathon distances doesn’t feel that way, then by no means do you have to do it! Listening to your body & enjoying yourself are what’s most important :)

31 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots November 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

good for you for listening to your body and not over doing it, its not worth it if you are going to injure yourself even more! Great post Tina!

32 Rachel @RunningRachel November 29, 2012 at 9:05 am

Yes! Yes! Yes! Although my lesson that keeps popping up… I do my best to push it aside and NOT listen to it. ;)

33 Amanda @ Romancing the Unusual November 29, 2012 at 9:07 am

I think learning to truly listen to your body is a great lessen to learn! Good for you!

34 Mandy November 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

Girl, good for you!!! You are always such an inspiration. Do some halves with me:) I can’t do more than that without getting hurt and then frustrated. Still lots of fun to be had!:) xoxoxo

35 tinareale November 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I am so game! We need to find a fun one to do together in honor of our moms. Hey…girls’ trip. Haha! Now just to find that money tree. ;)

36 Caroline November 29, 2012 at 9:11 am

I’m so proud of you for making a decision that I’m sure was really tough! When it comes to running, cutting back and resting can be really tough to do.

37 Sharla November 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

God keeps telling me YOU ARE ENOUGH JUST THE WAY YOU ARE – kind of ironic, huh? Good for you making the best decision for YOU!!

38 tinareale November 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Oh, I have been through that message relentlessly coming at me too. It’s a hard one to let sink in (and I still have times I forget it), but definitely a great one.

39 Shannon ~ My Place In The Race November 29, 2012 at 9:27 am

I know it wasn’t an easy decision to make. I’m very glad you made it though. I did the same thing with a half recently. Instead of listening to my body and knowing I shouldn’t do it…I did. It was awful. I cried the entire 10th mile to the finish. I am very proud of myself for finishing but if I could go back knowing what I know now…I wouldn’t have done it. So proud of you!! XOXO

40 Heather November 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

Girl. I totally sympathize. Yes, this year hasn’t exactly been stellar, but I think I am slowly learning some lessons even though things haven’t “turned around”. In a similar situation, I may be backing out of a half I am supposed to run in 1.5 weeks for kind of similar reasons as yours. I think you made a good choice. Marathons are TOUGH, and not for everyone. I def. don’t enjoy the distance at all, and much prefer halfs (then why am I doing it to myself again?haha) After goofy I am done with fulls for a while, maybe forever (but never say never.)
You will still LOVE the half, honestly my favorite race apart from runDisney races is the rock n roll NOLA, so you won’t go away disappointed! Big hugs.

41 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

Good for you, listening to your body! It’s so much easier said than done.i always found that my body fell apart after that half mark – knees and ankles!

42 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

This post made me smile. I am sad that you won’t be doing the marathon like you had hoped, but I’m so much happier with where you’re at to make the decision to honor your body and not go on with it.

God has taught me SO many things this year, it’s truly amazing when I sit and think about it all. The biggest lesson? Waiting on Him. Patience is NOT one of my strong points, but He sure has been teaching me to trust in His perfect plan and His perfect timing.

43 misszippy November 29, 2012 at 9:44 am

Tina–I actually love to see posts like this. Not b/c you are injured, but b/c you are being smart. SO many people push through injury to hit a race goal and only find themselves sidelined for much, much longer. Hats off to you! And speedy healing, too.

44 Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian November 29, 2012 at 9:45 am

I’m so proud of you Tina for recognizing when you needed to take a step back and take care of your body. I can totally relate. I just got out of a walking boot with a stress fracture in my 5th metatarsal and it’s brutal. I wish I could run more. I feel good, but I know I need to be smart and not push it too much. Any half marathons or others are out of the question for a little while and it’s so hard. Good for you for listening to your body!

45 sarah k @ the pajama chef November 29, 2012 at 9:53 am

i hope the half goes well! sounds like a smart decision- even though it wasn’t what you wanted. good job!

46 Tess @ Cross Country Cajun November 29, 2012 at 9:53 am

I have so been in your shoes countless times and backed out of races because I knew it wasn’t the best for my body. It’s never an easy decision but I am proud of you for listening to your body and listening to your heart. Better to enjoy the half than be miserable through the full. I think your fitness goals like many are long term in nature – no need to cause injury and create setbacks. Thanks for being so honest! I know so many can relate to what you are feeling and the emotions that go with it. You will rock the half and NOLA (where I am from) is an awesome place to run!

47 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength November 29, 2012 at 9:54 am

So proud of you for listening to your body and seeing what is truly important in life. I think you’re definitely making the right decision.

Yes, this year has taught me a ton. It’s taught me that I need to be thankful. Every single day I have been trying to thank God for everything he’s blessed me with. Things like a warm house are something that we all take for granted sometimes and I’m trying to be more aware of and thankful for those things.

48 Olivia Hill @ life as liv November 29, 2012 at 9:58 am

I think it’s so great that you’re paying attention to your body and realizing that running this marathon is not what’s best for you. Thankfully, there will be other opportunities to run marathons! You’re an inspiration!

49 Sabrina @Work It Ms Jackson November 29, 2012 at 10:12 am

I am so sorry for everything that has gone with you. But I think it’s great that you have recognized that a half marathon is really where you need to be right now. Maybe one day you’ll be able to run a full without fearing injury but if not that’s ok. This is the best decision for you and I think it’s great!

50 Ericka @ The Sweet Life November 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

Best decision for you, Tina, and I’m glad you feel peace about it. I know i would feel the same way if I were facing pain and injury. I have felt so blessed to be pain-free in the past year with my marathon training but I know the day will come. Obviously, you don’t have to run a marathon to be accomplished in the fitness world. While I’m sad for you that the pain appeared, I’m glad you are able to accept it with peace!

51 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions November 29, 2012 at 10:34 am

Oh, Tina, my heart just goes out to you. I’ve been fortunate enough to (so far…*knock on wood*) avoid any major running injuries, but the times where I have been injured/borderline injured, taking time off or changing my goals was always a huge mental challenge. I’m so proud of you for being so smart with your body — I know listening to my legs is a huge challenge for me: my brain is just too darn stubborn! You set an excellent example for a lot of us in the blogging community to be smart about what we do in pursuit of our athletic goals: that it’s not about doing what everyone else is doing, but that it’s about doing the best you can with what you have. Thank you for being an incredible smart-for-your-own-body fitness role model :)

52 tinareale November 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Thanks for the part of your comment about it not being about what everyone else is doing. I think its so easy to lose sight of that in the blog world. Thanks, my friend, for that dose of perspective. :)

53 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf November 29, 2012 at 10:47 am

Tina – I’m so sorry that you aren’t running the marathon but I think that you are being so so smart. So many of us push through the pain (ahem, me) and don’t pay attention to our bodies. It’s hard to let go of a goal that we’ve set in our minds but in the long run, I think that it’s the healthy decision. You want to be able to run for a long time to come. I love how you put it – giving up control of what you planned to do in order to remain blessed to run. Beautifully put.

54 Amanda @RunToTheFinish November 29, 2012 at 10:57 am

i think we have all built the marathon up to mean something more than it does…we aren’t olympians, it isn’t our full time job and running a half still takes a lot of guts, time and determination. glad you were able to find what feels right for you!

55 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 29, 2012 at 11:11 am

Oh I’m so sorry Tina! I know how you feel though with conspiring yourself to other bloggers and letting people down. Sometimes I think to myself: how would I handle this if I DIDN’T read blogs or write one? Would I feel more comfortable taking time off? Usually the answer is yes, and so I try to just focus on what’s best for me and not what all my running buddies or fellow bloggers are doing.

56 Stacy @ Stacy Eats November 29, 2012 at 11:16 am

I’m glad you’re listening to your gut and doing what’s best for your body. It’s not always easy, but you’ll feel much better in the long run.

57 Allison @ Running Through Red Lights November 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Tina, thank you so much for this post. Your honesty and willingness to share some of your struggles is so refreshing and uplifting! As someone who has never run a marathon and still finds it hard to fit in workouts and training for smaller races, I appreciate this post so much! Know that you have tons of support here, and I look forward to seeing where your new race plans and journey takes you!

58 Rachel B - Busy Mama November 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I think you made a really hard, powerful and most importantly – RIGHT decision for yourself. It’s hard to find that answer when you read a lot of runners blogging about race recaps – you get that drive to run and to push and to pin that number on your shirt but in the end, if you’re hurt and put out of commission by it, then it isn’t worth it. Nothing is worth taking away your health. I think you are being a very strong role model for your children. Listening to your body and abandoning your ego takes an incredible amount of strength, in some ways, more strength than running another 26.2 miles.

Thank you for being so open and vulnerable and real.

59 Katie November 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I wish the marathon craze would go away! I adamantly think marathons are bad for you. I have never known ANYONE that didn’t get injured training for one – think of all the people you know who get injured training for a marathon – doesn’t that tell us something? Some people push through it and recover but as someone who isn’t able to fully exercise because of a disabling chronic illness, I always just want to plead with everybody to take care of their bodies! I’m was a collegiate cross country runner, but whenever I hear someone decide to run a marathon, I just shudder. Half-marathons are cool though. I think you made a wise choice based on your personal history. :) I just care about ya!

60 tinareale November 29, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Thanks, Katie! I am starting to feel that marathons aren’t right for my body and will honestly be perfectly content if I choose to not race another. When I decided to not do Chicago, I immediately started thinking of back up races in my head (like NOLA). This time? I’m not doing that at all. It just doesn’t mean that much to me anymore. I do think some people handle it really well, but I’m not there yet – may never be – and, as you said, worry more about *caring for my body*. Thanks for your comment and perspective. It’s a good one to share the value in doing what we can and is RIGHT and HEALTHY for our bodies.

61 jobo November 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I am so proud of you for this decision and think if it were me, I would be feeling the exact same – tears of relief. No pressure to run, because your body KNOWS a half, and it is still a big challenge and accomplishment and something you love, while the marathon is a whole different ballgame, more stress on the body, more chance at injury, more training, more time commitment etc. This is a good balance for you and I hope those reading this post will take a lesson away from this – listen to your body, do what is right by it. don’t be stubborn and injure yourself, or injure yourself worse. ((hug))

62 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama November 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Oh, Tina I feel your pain! While I’ve never done a full marathon, I did (and still do) have a dream to finish one earlier in the year. A knee injury squashed that plan. I’m hoping to try again starting in January. But I am afraid my injury will reappear. I hope I will be as smart as you are right now if it does pop up again!

63 Christin November 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm

This year has really and truly been a let go and let God year! I know He will bless you richly and deeply for listening and being patient…it’s the toughest thing to do sometimes…to just let go…but it’s such a beautiful and necessary release into God’s arms! Praying for you!

64 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast November 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm

You’re so wise to make this decision in advance, before you have real injuries again! It’s a tough one, but I’m glad you feel relief. That is definitely a sign that you made the right decision. :) The marathon is intense… I want to do one or two more, but after that, I’ll be happy to stick to the half distance for the long term. My body isn’t a big fan of the effort it takes, and I like having more time on Saturdays for family!

65 Lindsay's List November 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm

ditto to what every other person has said – you are smart to LISTEN to your body. No matter how hard that might be!
Rooting for you, no matter what!

66 Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie November 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Way to do what’s right for your body girl! It will thank you and I know you’re going to have a great half!

67 Bek @ Crave November 30, 2012 at 1:47 am

This year I am continually reminded to EAT ENOUGH! I’m glad you’re listening to your body :)

68 Kelly@FitnessAmerica November 30, 2012 at 9:46 am

I can’t say that I’ve learned the same lesson over and over, but being 22 I’ve learned a lot of new lessons this past year. It’s totally understandable that you are frustrated with not feeling 100% especially when you use running as a release. When I had a broken foot I remember just how angry and worked up I was about it. Definitely important to look at the big picture of your health though.

69 Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run December 3, 2012 at 9:17 am

I think it’s so much easier to follow a training plan, despite what your body tells you, and NOT make the tough decision to let something go. It’s so much harder to open up about what feels like a setback, but really isn’t. Does that make sense? We’re always so concerned about how others see the decision or with how it make us feel as though we’re giving up, when it should be all about not fearing what our bodies ask of us. It’s a HUGE accomplishment when you know and trust your body and can make smart choices based on that. This is a great post, Tina. And of course, I’m always inspired by your inner strength.

70 Ruby @ Focus, Woman! December 4, 2012 at 6:43 am

Oh Tina, I know this feeling all too well. ESPECIALLY the part where you said you need/have running as a tension release. There doesn’t seem to be any better way than running, and it makes me miserable when i am out for a long time due to injury.

You made the right decision. Have you read Heather Eats Almond Butter’s story about stopping running and “just” doing yoga and hiking? It’s very inspirational and made me realize that although my heart lies with running, maybe my future does not include regular long runs, but something else (I haven’t found yet).

Hugs for you, my dear. It really, really sucks. The fear that the injury will never fully go away is horrible. But we must indeed trust in the plans laid out for us.

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