Don’t Get Sad, Get Proactive!

Don’t Get Sad, Get Proactive!

This is one of my friend’s favorite sayings, and I love it! When we are sad, the best thing to do is to start putting one foot in front of the other and being proactive. Unfortunately, while hiking El Camino (which I will do a blog post on soon! Life has been a bit crazy since being back from Spain), I injured my calf and developed Gastroc Tendinitis. While trying to keep up a crazy walking pace with my sister-in-law I was straining my calf, as it was a bit fast for me walking wise, and I probably should have just started jogging. Unfortunately walking 17 miles at a 16min/mile pace created an overuse injury and welp, that was day 1 of El Camino. I then walked 16 miles again at a ridiculous pace, and by then, I had really injured my self. It was no bueno. So, day 3, I decided to run, because it was more comfortable to run than to walk. Once my muscle got warmed up I was pain free, so I ran 21 miles. The second I stopped, it was pain, pain, pain. And then day 4, I ran 12.66 miles, again not helping matters. I mean pretty much a marathon and a half marathon back to back running with a 15lb backpack on definitely only made the injured I had acquired a lot worse, but being as stubborn as I am, I couldn’t help but finish the four days of hiking that we had planned. Again, I will do a whole blog post dedicated to my El Camino experience, but this blog post is about highlighting what I have been doing in the mean time.

Just out here walking in the middle of nowhere Spain  and lovin it! ❤️ #elcaminodesantiago #elcamino #españa #spain
Just out here walking in the middle of nowhere Spain and lovin it! ❤️ #elcaminodesantiago #elcamino #españa #spain

Santa Cruz 70.3 is in 3 1/2 weeks, and I have not been walking (very much), running, or biking. I have started to swim again, and I have been going to yoga. I have been doing strength training and doing what I can to keep my body healthy, fit, and strong. I haven’t been injured in a long time, and it is no fun. No fun at all. Especially when it affects biking and running (2 of the 3 sports), and pushing off the wall at the pool isn’t any fun either. It’s hurting less and less, but the second I even try to jog, the pain is right there. I have been doing a lot of self massage and have used a friend’s infrared therapy machine a few times, as well. So, instead of getting down on the fact that I’m 3 1/2 weeks out from a half ironman, and I just got back from Spain, and training has not been going to plan at all, I’m doing as much as I can to be as fit as I can going into the race. 🙂 I have a more important race coming up in October which is to help one lady cross the marathon finish line for the first time at the Chicago Marathon! And that is what’s most important.

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Photo by John David Becker.

 

This has also given me more time to focus on myself. I have started doing meditation, in addition to yoga, which is helping me calm my mind. I also got to spend the day at the beach last weekend, which I hadn’t done in a long time, and it felt good! Ugh. I just love the beach. When I first moved out here, I used to spend so much time at the beach, then life happens. haha.

Gettin my beach on today ☀️ #beinginjuredisntsobad
Gettin my beach on today ☀️ #beinginjuredisntsobad
It's a new week! The theme for me this week is Letting Go. I surrender and trust that all the twists and turns in my life are there for a reason. I will honor them. I will honor my connections and allow the energy to flow in it's natural state. I will not fight it. I will not control it. I will observe it and free myself of the burden of trying to create and control. What is supposed to be created will be. I will feel with my heart and let go of the mind. I will open my heart to happiness and possibility. This is my promise this week. ❤️
It’s a new week! The theme for me this week is Letting Go. I surrender and trust that all the twists and turns in my life are there for a reason. I will honor them. I will honor my connections and allow the energy to flow in it’s natural state. I will not fight it. I will not control it. I will observe it and free myself of the burden of trying to create and control. What is supposed to be created will be. I will feel with my heart and let go of the mind. I will open my heart to happiness and possibility. This is my promise this week. ❤️

 

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. ✨ - Maya Angelou Today is day 5 of the 10 day meditation challenge I have been doing and it is changing my life. I have never meditated before. I rejected it out of fear. I was afraid to let my mind do what it wants and just let go. I was afraid of not controlling my thoughts, because it felt safe to think with my head instead of truly allow myself to feel with my heart. Our hearts ❤️ know the truth. We must not think but feel and in feeling, the truth will be revealed to us. As I have started to let go and observe my thoughts rather than create and control them, I have begun to feel lighter and more at peace. I have started to truly develop more self love and understanding. I have begun to develop the strength to let energies flow rather than try to control them. And it is freeing. // I was given a cool piece of advice yesterday that I want to share with all of you. When making decisions instead of trying to use your head for reason and logic, ask yourself "Does this make me feel light or heavy?" When something feels heavy, it is weighing us down and burdening us. When something feels light, it is freeing us and making us brighter. ☀Try it. I have started doing this and it is freeing, as feeling truly reveals the truth. Follow your heart and feel your way.
Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. ✨ – Maya Angelou
Today is day 5 of the 10 day meditation challenge I have been doing and it is changing my life. I have never meditated before. I rejected it out of fear. I was afraid to let my mind do what it wants and just let go. I was afraid of not controlling my thoughts, because it felt safe to think with my head instead of truly allow myself to feel with my heart. Our hearts ❤️ know the truth. We must not think but feel and in feeling, the truth will be revealed to us. As I have started to let go and observe my thoughts rather than create and control them, I have begun to feel lighter and more at peace. I have started to truly develop more self love and understanding. I have begun to develop the strength to let energies flow rather than try to control them. And it is freeing. // I was given a cool piece of advice yesterday that I want to share with all of you. When making decisions instead of trying to use your head for reason and logic, ask yourself “Does this make me feel light or heavy?” When something feels heavy, it is weighing us down and burdening us. When something feels light, it is freeing us and making us brighter. ☀Try it. I have started doing this and it is freeing, as feeling truly reveals the truth. Follow your heart and feel your way.

 

So, with that. I will continue to focus on doing what I can, instead of what I can’t. And although Santa Cruz 70.3 probably won’t be my best race ever, I will be thankful for the opportunity to race, and focus on getting healthy so that I can run across the finish line with my athlete at the Chicago Marathon with the Saucony 26 Strong crew!

  • Wow I can’t wait to read about your hiking trip – that sounds amazing.
    God the beach looks so good, I’ve got to get out of the city.
    I love that you’ve focused on meditation and Yoga (two of my goals for this year) do you find it directly impacts your running? (I hope to be able to answer that for myself shortly).
    I’m so happy for you/jealous (apart from the injury) right now – these pictures and your lifestyle sound amazing.
    Kelsey x