"Run Grateful Because Every Mile Is A Gift!" - unknown
So things have not gone according to plan since my Delirium 24hr race. I hurt my knee doing a track workout and had hoped to recover in time for the South Carolina Track 24. Unfortunately, I was not able to participate in that race because my knee was still bothering me. I then took a full 2 weeks off to give my knee a rest hoping to recover in time for Fort Clinch 100, which is in late April. Sadly, last Saturday after a short run it started to hurt again. At this point I am really frustrated because all I want to do is get back to doing what I love to do. So now what?
Seeing as my big race for the year is Grindstone 100, I want to make sure I am fully recovered so I can have a stellar performance at what will be the toughest race I have done to date. I am currently wearing a knee brace to stabilize my knee, and I am staying off of it as much as possible. I am not sure how long I will be out of commission but it will be at least another 2-3 weeks... possibly more.
I am trying to stay positive but it is proving to be difficult especially since the weather is getting better, and all I want to do is go running. I used to struggle some days just getting out to run, whether it be because of the weather or just a lack of motivation. I now realize how much I took my health for granted. I can assure you that whenever I am able to start running again I will be grateful every time I lace up my shoes. It doesn't matter if I am running along a busy highway, on the beach or some beautiful trail in the woods. It doesn't matter if I am running 1 mile or 100 miles because I am quickly finding out how hard it truly is to not be able to run.
I believe this injury has allowed me a lot of time to really think and put things in perspective. I miss running with all the wonderful people I've become friends with here in Charleston. I hope to be back running with you all soon! Run one extra mile for me!