Whelp, I did not see that coming. As you know, I sprained my ankle what feels like a million years ago (aka a little over 12 weeks) and I still can’t run. So what do you write about if you can’t run but have a running blog? Apparently a bunch of posts about spraining your ankle, and not much else.
A year ago I was just coming off EMT camp and loving life. I’m happy to say that after that I mostly stuck to my goals, running lots of marathons (Twin Cities, Philadelphia, Rocket City, Mississippi Blues, Little Rock, Garmin, and Delaware), qualifying for Marathon Maniacs, cross-training and getting in better and better shape – until The Injury. I was also on a really good marathon schedule, running one every month or two – until The Injury. Volunteering as an EMT at the NYC Marathon was great, and I got another volunteer EMT position in the city which was also wonderful – until The Injury. So, state of the union-wise, the last 12 months weren’t totally terrible, just the last three – you know, since The Injury.
Oddly enough, I’m more optimistic now about finishing the 50 states than I was two years ago. Yes, I can’t run at all right now, and I still have no idea when my ankle will be well enough to do so, but after 24 states, my feelings towards covering 26.2 miles have changed a bit. Maybe it’s because I allow myself to walk a lot (a lot) more than I used to, or maybe because I’m almost halfway to my goal, but I think it’s do-able and it’s still my main running goal.
It’s also kind of amazing to look back and realize how differently I feel in only two years (and I honestly don’t remember being injured that much, either, but apparently I was?). All these changes happened so gradually I could’ve sworn I haven’t changed at all, and yet here there’s internet proof. Now I’m Class Passing (aka cross-training) up a storm, I’m optimistic about 50 states, and I’m finally admitting that I have no immediate plans to esthetically improve this site, despite the fact that it is begging for it.
I also still might get my 9+1 NYRR races in this year (to qualify for the NYC Marathon in 2017), as my physical therapist is reluctantly allowing me to walk the social 5K this Thursday. And yes, I’m still going to PT twice a week (and doing all the exercises at home every day), although since the cute guy isn’t at PT anymore I have to go solely for health reasons. Booooring!
Finally, various other updates: I walked 2.5 miles on Sunday without much problem, I’m still going to spin classes where I’m very much behind where I was 3 months ago but slowly improving, I started going to yoga again and can’t do child’s pose but my squats are improving in depth, and I’m going to Nashville this weekend for a bachelorette party. Somehow those are all actually related, but I can’t explain how.
How have you changed as a runner over the last few years? Are you watching Bachelor in Paradise? Is it not the show we deserve, but the show we need? Share in the comments!