fitness, running, training

When Opportunity Knocks

So I can’t run for six more weeks. My Bone Doc said November 1st. I broke my ankle in mid-May. Which means when I do start running again it will have been almost six months.

Math is not my strong suit but, um, like, that’s half the year.

Make no mistake here: Come November, I will be starting from scratch.

As challenging as it’s going to be to continue to not run for the next several weeks, I’m trying to see the silver lining. And, if I really think about it, there is a silver lining. Because starting from scratch doesn’t have to be a bad thing. I’ve been given a new day. A fresh start.

See, when I started running 4 1/2 years ago I had no idea what the fuck I was doing. I was just kind of making up everything as I went along. Most days, even now, I am still making up everything as I go along. I didn’t start following any training plans until I was getting ready to run my very first 10K. I signed up for races if and when I wanted to run them, maybe only a couple of weeks in advance. Hell, even now I still don’t really pay attention to nutrition that much.

But now, I have a chance to try again. It’s like someone pushed a bit bright red RESTART button. I can work on nutrition and have cross-training a part of my schedule from the very beginning. And not just spinning or yoga but strength training, too, which is something I’m really bad about doing. In fact, because of the six week delay, I’m going to have those routines in place before I start running.

Because I have goals. Big goals. This past weekend was the Akron Half which I couldn’t run because of my ankle, but I am already looking ahead to next year’s Akron Half-Marathon and that lovely blue line and that amazing finish in Canal Park.

I won’t get there, though, unless I start putting one foot in front of the other now, a full year in advance. I’m also an Ambassador for the Cleveland Marathon races again and I have my eye on that 10K. But I won’t get there unless I start putting one foot in front of the other now.

So while I may not be able to run right now, that doesn’t mean I have to just sit on my ass. In fact, if I do decide to sit on my ass it’s going to make that comeback and recovery even harder when I do start running again.

To help me out with these goals — to follow through on this passion of mine — I bought myself a second Passion Planner. This one is just going to be for fitness and running and all of that, nothing else. Once I’ve really started to use it I’ll give you all a peek inside but I’m really excited. I already set my first goal, which is to be able to run a 5K before the end of the year. I don’t know if that means an actual race or just running 3.1 on the treadmill at the Y (because, hi, winter in Northeast Ohio), but once November 1st hits, that’s the direction I’m headed.

If you buy your own Passion Planner, use my email
jillgrunenwald [at] gmail [dot] com as a referral!

Honestly, I think the hardest part is just going to be getting back into the habit of working out again. Because, hi, I am lazy. So on those mornings when it’s early and dark and cold, I just have to keep these goals in my head and remember what I want to do.

Luckily, now that I’ve moved the YMCA is much closer — less than a mile — but I was using some of our free weights down in our basement yesterday and looking around and realized there’s more than enough room for a treadmill. We could even park it right in front of the TV that’s all set up.

Who saw THAT one coming, amirite?

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

2 thoughts on “When Opportunity Knocks”

  1. I need to hold myself accountable to strength training. For real. I'm good about doing it when I'm recovering from an injury – small or not so small. I need to keep it part of the weekly routine. We've both got next fall in our sights. We can do this.


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