I am not going to lie, the last month has been hard. On so many levels.
Hard not to get out there and run, feel that freedom, stress relief, enjoy the fresh air, time to myself, all the things that running are to me.
Hard to DNS races, two so far and one more at the end of this week.
Hard to watch other people run seemingly without a care in the world.
Hard because I know all the work I have done is slipping away and I will have to start over.
This isn't a cry for me sort of post, I don't want that. Sure if you are injured or have been and know what I am going through feel free to commiserate. I don't mind. Misery loves company.
I don't want to toot my own horn either, but I worked hard to get where I was. Hill sprints, hundred of jump lunges, burpees, all the miles...all the times I repeated my mantra of "you are stonger than that" when I wanted to quit and I kept pushing.
So I have a new one right now
"Suck it up, Buttercup".
I know it is supposed to be more along the lines of "keep pushing, keep going even though it hurts" but I am using it more as a don't give up, keep believing, keep your chin up, quit being a whiner even though you can't push it like you want to right now, and that does hurt on a whole different level.
Basically I am telling myself to suck it up until I can really suck it up and kick some butt again.
I can't magically undo what is done. I can only work towards getting better. I can suck it up and wait for the day I can go at it hard again.
This is not the end of the world it is merely a well deserved break. (Ok I can't even go that far) but it does help to reframe it a little. Attitude is everything right now! Till I can go wear out my running shoes I am going to keep plugging along, working on my arms and core. I don't know that I would have discovered I can do handstand push-ups, I was always too intimidated to try them before. Not really sure why. My kids were even super impressed.
In my no running month I have also discovered I can do headstands, haven't tried those in years I like yoga, all that stretching feels so good..and can be an okay workout. I have reached my all time pushups in a row record of 40. Horse back riding doesn't bug my quad, so maybe I will have to wear my horse out.
What do you do when you can't run or bike? I don't swim and don't have pool access so that is my story~