This post is sponsored by Under Armour through Fitfluential
So last weekend was my What's Beautiful goal race. I wanted to run a 10k and get a shiny new PR.
I didn't do it. Instead I did back to back hikes, first with my son and then with my whole family. I have been struggling with a quad injury since in the beginning of May. I am barely running three miles, 6.2 miles at faster than a 7:10 (PR pace) was completely out of the question.
Sometimes what ends up being beautiful isn't what you don't do like rocking a PR , but what you do instead, how you react to the situation you are in. I amended my goal.
I have been trying to be so patient while my quad heals. Not easy since it is hard to do anything that doesn't involve your quad to some extent and I am NOT good at sitting around doing nothing. Real bad at it actually.
I do feel like it is getting better in slow minuscule increments. Now and then it seems to take a step back and I get discouraged.
Realistically I know no PRs will be waiting for me this year. I intend to return slowly and deliberately to running and build up a steady base first and then return to speed work once I feel like I have a solid base again. I am going to start working on running drills too. I haven't done those since high school track!
Right now I am running no more than three miles with regular walk breaks during the run. It is feeling better, but not 100%.
Since I can't really focus on running right now, I instead found some yoga DVDs, gone hiking, cycling and used my elliptical.
This morning I finally got in a crack of dawn run. They are my favorite this time of year. Something is magical about being in the middle of a run when the sun starts coming up.
Pretty sure my little dog was happy I finally quit being so lazy and took him for an early morning run. I think he loves them too.
So really I am still working toward a 10k PR, just for next year. Strangely the world did not come to a screeching halt just because I can't do races this summer. It also gave a lingering hip issue time to finally heal and gives me more time to spend with my kids.
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