But back to running. When I got injured, I felt like a part of my identify was being taken away. If I couldn't run, then what the hell COULD I do? I moped and bitched and moaned a lot (and I'm sorry many of you got to experience that here but then, this is my space to do with as I choose). Someone else asked me to write a guest post about my injury. Maybe I'll still do that, but at the time I was afraid all I would be is negative and down and I didn't want to write another post like that. (I'd so much rather write a motivating, comeback, pick-yourself-up post when I feel like I can call myself "healed".) Because of this injury, my workout life has evolved a lot like this blog has. I'm now training for my first triathlon - something I said I'd never do. I've done 3 open water swims and biked the triathlon's 15 mile bike course (in a very respectable time even).
One of my friends called me a triathlete the other day and I said I wasn't one - that I wouldn't be a triathlete until I had that bling around my neck. He basically called bullshit on me - reminded me that I didn't need the bling to hold the title. I was a runner before I ran my first race and I'm a triathlete now. I swim. I bike. I run. The running is still not up to snuff, but it's getting there. Tomorrow I'm attempting my first 3 mile run and I REALLY want to run the entire 3 miles without walking. But if I have to walk, I need to be ok with that. The leg has been feeling pretty good (not perfect, but better). The worst right now is my head and the mental games it's playing. I need motivational reminders too.
You still have 3 more days to enter my giveaway for some of my favorite things to celebrate my 3rd blog-iversary - still undecided what they'll be - but it'll be good, I promise :)