As a runner you learn to push through things. You set your goal, whether it is a mileage number at the beginning of a run, or a training program for a big race, then you grit your teeth and get it done.
Running is a great metaphor for life in that everything sees an end. Classes, projects, seasons – they all have a finish. When it feels like a boring project, difficult class, or long, cold winter is going on forever – you can think back to one of the worst runs you have ever done (11 miles in cold 30 mph winds) and remember that you made it through that – so you can certainly grit your teeth and get through whatever the current nuisance is.
This is also why it is SO frustrating for a runner to miss a goal – or let me rephrase that – to have to DELAY the completion of a goal.
I had been consistently running throughout the winter months to build a solid foundation to train for the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon in Springfield on April 6, 2013.
I selected my training program.
I started training.
I made it up to a 6 mile long run – just under half the length of the race.
Then came the frostbite fiasco which sidetracked me for 1 1/2 weeks.
I was discouraged and apprehensive about missing 1 1/2 weeks of a 12 week training program but reasoned that running all winter would have prepared me enough to continue with the training program.
So I hopped back on the treadmill.
Then my toes turned blue again.
Over a month of nearly all of my toes staring in 50 Shades of Blue – and 3 doctor’s appointments later – we are still on the hunt for answers. Some of the doctors say keep running – it will help with the circulation – some of the doctors say don’t run – it will hurt the circulation. In the back and forth of running probation for the past five weeks I have not been able to train properly for the approaching race. With the 13.1 three weeks from Saturday I know I will not be running in the 2013 Springfield Presidential Half Marathon.
It is upsetting to realize that a goal will have to be pushed back, but when you look at the bigger picture and rationalize that a delay in a goal can mean better results overall – you know it is worth it.
I am disheartened that I will not be running in the Abe 13.1, but I know that by being patient and finding out the reason behind the Avatar digits, I am allowing myself to keep running races in the future… with 10 healthy toes.
P.S. – Apologizing in advance if you don’t like feet…