Whew. I am still recovering from the past few days and I’m hoping to be a normal, functioning human being once again soon.
By bedtime on Thursday I was knocking on Heaven’s door with potentially the worst flu I’ve ever had. I missed work, my fundraising event (thank goodness I have amazing friends to cover for me!), and I didn’t even worry about not running for 2 whole days.
With my week-long absence from running, it crossed my mind that I might have too many challenges in front of me and it might be time to reevaluate my goals. Maybe a half marathon later in the spring or maybe even the fall is more doable. BUT…
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.”- Randy Pausch
Hey brick walls? You can suck it! I’m not giving up just yet.
Yes, I now have to add bi-weekly physical therapy appointments to my schedule. Yes, I have to learn how to run a mile again. Yes, I need to alter my training plan to help me catch up in time for March 18. I don’t know if it’s still possible but it certainly isn’t if I don’t try.
As much as I love to buy new shoes, it’s hard to fork over $70 on shoes because of my spending diet. But to keep my motivation strong and to prevent further injury, I caved.
That’s not my only brick wall these days.
Payday was Friday and I was going to be able to save $100. How motivating, right? Well, with this online class I’m taking (that starts today!), we need to buy a textbook. And of course that book costs $60. And of course the teacher didn’t tell his online students that they would need to have the book for Monday’s class until 2 days before (trust me, I checked!). So of course they have to pay for extra shipping and it will still be a few days late. So $72 later, I’m already behind in that class.
And, after paying for last week’s fundraiser materials, I’m out of my entire savings. Ouch.
But ya know what’s kinda cool? If I hadn’t done the spending diet so far, I wouldn’t have been able to buy these bigger purchases and ultimately I would have to give up or postpone two big goals of mine.
I’m starting this week a little worse for the ware. Regardless, I’m not giving up. I’ve picked up more babysitting shifts and I’m going to keep running. Slowly but surely, right?