This is a reminder to not give up. No matter what the physical therapist says tonight about the constant ache in your hip and knee, do not give up. You might have to work even harder to keep your muscles strong and to catch up with the running days you’ve missed. Do it. Make time for it. It will be worth it, even if it’s uncomfortable and difficult. If the doctor says you are still fine to race, give it your all. Your first running experience can still be a great one.
It might sideline you and you will be devastated. Your heartbreak after all your hard work will make you want to lose momentum. Don’t let it. Ok, well maybe allow yourself a night to pout with a bottle of wine and maybe some cheesecake. But after that, no pity parties.
You love running, even when it’s hard. You love the little victories and the confidence it has given you. You love that you feel better about your body because you’re seeing how much you’re capable of. You love strutting down the street after an especially successful run. You want to continue to form this habit and you want to be a great role model for your family. If you quit when you’re feeling down, you will be throwing that all away. Don’t let it get you down. Unless your legs literally have to be amputated, you can recover and you can get back out there one day. And umm actually, EVEN if they ever have to be amputated, you can STILL run so really, there are NO excuses. The harder you work at it, the sooner you can be back.
Even Olympian Kara Goucher has had awful injuries and now she’s on her way to the London Olympics.
You might need a few extra rest days but just because you’re joining people on the couch in front of the TV, don’t get too comfortable with that. Don’t forget that you don’t want to spend the rest of your life that way.
Read this when you want to give up. Just because you have a set back, always start again. You love running and it will change your life for the better.
You are worth it.