|Paula Radcliffe pulling out of the Olympic marathon in Athens.|
My running life has been a series of training followed by injury. This pattern has been going on far too long. I usually spend my injured time wallowing and hating life (maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration) but I am trying to avoid negativity at all costs. Nobody likes to be around me when I'm injured and I'd like to keep my friends. Therefore, I am making an attempt at looking on the bright side of injury. I know what you're thinking: "There is a BRIGHT SIDE to injury? Lady, you are off your rocker!" That second part is definitely true.
If you're injured, I encourage you to think about all of the things you CAN do when you CAN'T run. There just has to be a bright side, and I am going to find it.
Being injured allows me to...
- Read more
- Spend more time walking my darling doggie
- Focus on recovery
- Sleep in and then proceed to drink an entire pot of coffee on Saturday mornings
- Go out with friends more often *Running tends to make me a tad bit of a hermit crab.
- Use my gym membership
- Stay up late without stressing about missing my morning run
- Watch hours of Pretty Little Liars *my latest guilty pleasure -- don't judge!
- Journal and reflect
- Skype with my family
- Hang out at the beach
- Get psyched about Boston training because I WILL be injury-free in time to train!
I'd say that's a pretty good list there. Ahh. A sigh of relief. This too shall pass...
I was hanging out on the Oiselle Athlete's page, and I really love the sentence they ask their athletes to complete: If I was stranded in a hotel room with one movie and one book, they would be…
I would choose Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy because his writing is so beautiful; I can't get enough of it. My second runner up would be Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I just finished it and wouldn't mind reading it again.
As for the movie, it's a tough call. Initially, I was thinking of a really great French movie because I can watch those over and over again. But I decided on Unbreakable because I never get tired of watching those guys run. Talk about a Runnerd!
What is your answer?
I really want to know! Humor me!