I am really looking forward to being able to run again.
My hips have really been bothering me the past two days, and I’m worried about doing permanent damage if I try to run like I did on Tuesday. I’m disappointed and frustrated, but these things happen. Before I had the goal of running the marathon, however, I would roll with days like this, adding extra ibuprofen as needed, but now I have to focus on what I can do to help my body run better tomorrow. This is a much better mentality, I think. I’m stretching more, doing my PT exercises more readily, and icing or using a heating pad instead of passively allowing my joints to feel pain.
I’m certainly much more acutely aware of the pain (and subsequently what constitutes real pain as opposed to discomfort), and I have been complaining (inwardly, I hope) a lot more than usual. However, all of these things are combining to make me eager to get back out on the trail to run pain-free.
I have a goal now. I have a definitive, positive goal that involves hard work and will suffer under lagging mental and physical participation, and I want to reach that goal! There’s no way I’m backing out now. It’s incredible what such a specific goal can do: I’m not in this journey to lose weight, run fast, or even have the glory of finishing a marathon, necessarily; I’m in this to help my body succeed and to help my brain understand that I am capable of living my life to the fullest, regardless of any diagnosis. All of those things (ok, maybe not the “run fast” one…check out my dailymile widget for yourself! :P) will be happy bonuses, but I know that I will gain something so much more valuable than weight loss or pride: I will gain a future free from obstacles and the knowledge of how to be kind to my body while pushing its limits, and hopefully over time I can extend those limits.
Let’s be limitless.
What does goal-setting do for your mentality? What’s your favorite type of goal: do you thrive under pressure with short-term goals, or do long-term goals keep you more motivated? What’s one goal you have made in the last month, and where are you at achieving it?