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.
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.
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.
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!