Danielle’s Perspective

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My friend Danielle is training for the big race, 26.2 miles. Over the past few years she has run a few 10 milers and half marathons. Before we met she never considered herself a distance runner but now she has embraced the runner lifestyle.

 

After one of her training runs Danielle made a post on Facebook saying that she dedicated the run to me. Reading her words really moved me; she said that I had helped to encourage her to do her first half marathon. It never occurred to me that I helped to inspire anyone to run.

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As I read her post I was moved to the point of wanting to go out for a run. And that is when I had my other epiphany, running is hurting me.

 

One of the things an athlete has to learn is the difference between good pain and bad pain. Good pain is when muscles get sore and ache, the burn. Bad pain is when you risk agitating and re-injuring yourself.

 

When I read Danielle’s post it clicked, I would be running right now if my body would let me. I’ve battled with and overcome the mental issues associated with returning from an injury but now it is the physical issues that I need to deal with. My peroneal tendon gets aggravated every time I run and sometimes when I walk.

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With 2014 closing and a new year a few days away I realize it is time to rethink my relationship with running. I can’t say that I will never be able to run again, but I have to be realistic, running right now does more harm than good. It is time to focus on the things I can do and not the things I can’t do. So that means more yoga and surfing. Maybe one day I will be able to lace up my shoes and hit the pavement, but today is not that day.

 

Thank you Danielle for your kind words. Even though I can’t be out there with you, I will gladly cheer you on and help you celebrate your running accomplishments.

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Is it safe to go back to the gym?

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We are now in the middle of January. We have barely scratched the surface into a new year. We’ve gotten past January 17- ditch your resolution day . I think it is safe to go back to the gym.

 

There is probably no line for the treadmill, spin class is a little thinner, and you can find space in the locker room to change.

 

For the die hards, the New Year is tough time. You have to adjust your routine and schedule to welcome some new people to the world of working out.

 

2014 brings more than the bacchanalia of ringing in the new and saying goodbye to the old, it also brings the resolution of transforming into the new you. The person you have always wanted to be but needed the clean slate before you were ready to start.

 

The days leading up to flipping the calendar, daytime television and morning talk shows are filled with experts detailing exactly how to make your goals stick this year. After a night of celebrating and a day of recovery, with fervor you hit the gym and begin the transformation.

 

Hey, this is easy (but I have to wake up so early to get to the gym).

 

That run wasn’t too bad (but why do my legs hurt now).

 

My new workout clothes are so cute (but I don’t want them to get all sweaty).

 

Guess what happens at the start of a new year? We write a new date. We go back to work. Our kids go back to school. Our lives continue.

 

I’m rooting for everyone who is on a quest to become a new you. I wish it were as easy as spending a few days in the gym and then returning to your old habits.

 

As the excitement of 2014 wanes, the gym regulars are back to their routine. We’ll see you again next year; hopefully 2015 will be the year. We want to welcome you into the fold, we know it is hard, and we will be here when you are ready.