While 2 weeks of no running seems like an eternity to me, if I look at the bigger picture it's really nothing. I'm already on Day 3. Just a short blip in time. 2 weeks of not running is better than the alternative - which is continuing to run, not letting the nerve heal, causing it to permanently rupture and end up on crutches. So, while I could moan, bitch and feel sorry for myself, I am choosing to look at the bright side: as I feel there truly are some silver linings with this injury, and I truly believe I will come back stronger post-injury.
Silver Lining #1:
I am cleared to swim to my little heart's content. So, it's not like I have to sit around eating bon bons. I know there are a lot of runners out there who don't know how to swim and/or don't have access to pools. I am lucky to both know how to swim, swim on a regular basis anyway, and have access to two pools free of charge every day of the week. And, they are both within a 2 mile radius of my house. I feel pretty lucky about that.
Silver Lining #2:
I've been wanting to work on my swimming and get better/faster. Running has always been my main focus, so swimming only 2-3 times per week isn't making me much better. But getting in the pool 6 times per week will. Last week I picked up some pointers from the swim coach at Southwestern, and I can use these next two weeks to not only increase my swimming endurance, but to work on improving my stroke technique.
Silver Lining #3:
I am cleared to continue with my Pilates class and do core work. I said I wanted to be more consistent with my core work, and now is the perfect time.
Silver Lining #4:
I am going to be forced to clean up my diet. It's the simple equation of calories in vs. calories out. If I am not going to be running, I can no longer eat like a human garbage disposal who is running 70 miles per week. I am used to eating without caution, but when I started to take a look at my diet yesterday, there are very simple ways for me to not only cut out extra calories, but really clean up my diet. Not eating out with play a big factor in this (sorry, Dan). Subbing fruit for fries, cheese-its, candy and basically many of the unhealthy snacks I seem to partake in; cutting down on the mayo I put on my sandwiches; skipping the cream cheese on my morning bagel; quit eating the ice cream/frozen yogurt desserts at night just out of habit - dessert is not always a must!; cutting out alcohol; not eating an entire basket of chips/queso when we eat Mexican food; not using an entire bag of cheese on my salads - the list could go on and on. A lot of times I eat out of habit rather than hunger, and I think sometimes as a runner I get the mind set that I can eat whatever I want. I wouldn't be surprised if I actually lose weight during my running hiatus just from simply paying more attention to what I shove in my pie hole.
|Today's Lunch/Snacks: Raisins, Banana, Apple, Carrots, Greek Yogurt, Turkey Sandwich, Clif Bar|
To make the day off to an even better start, I arrived at work to receive a Starbucks gift card from a co-worker, thanking me for always helping him out with projects, etc. Let me tell you, that small act of kindness went a long way with me this morning. And, made me remember that there are more important things than running.
|Made my day.|