Journey Through the Desert

People are always asking how I’m doing, specifically how running is going. Most of the time my answer is, “okay,” because that’s the easiest way to quickly end what could turn into a long, slightly depressing story. Other days, I don’t mind telling the truth about what it really feels like dealing with years of chronic […]

We’re All Waiting…

Recently my greatest struggle has been about waiting, particularly waiting to get back to full-blown training, pain-free, and finally competing again! Coming back from surgery hasn’t been easy, but I know taking a smart approach to my return-to-running will be worth it, so meanwhile I must remind myself to be patient. I consider myself a patient person […]

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The Comeback Crew

This one goes out to all the injured runners out there. The patient and impatient, the frustrated and worn out, those who refuse to give up, the dreamers, believers, the achievers, and overcomers–the comeback crew. It may have been days, weeks or months since we’ve run–but we’re not done. We hold big goals in our heart, and this […]

Braces

Yesterday was another post-op milestone; I got to ditch my leg brace! Over the years I’ve had my fair share of braces, and none of them were particularly enjoyable. I was born with a hip problem in fact, which required a leg brace when I was young. The doctors said if I didn’t wear the brace my […]

Word of God Speak

Have you ever found yourself at a loss for words? Not because you were in awe, or in shock, but because you’ve been waiting so long and patiently for something? You’ve spent so much time asking “why?”, or “when will I get answers?” and finally realize you just need to stop worrying, regretting, looking back and just let yourself be […]

Lesson 1: Patience is a Virtue

They say patience is a virtue, and I’ve found this to be true in many aspects of life, particularly my training. It’s that time of year when the best of the best track athletes are all finally getting a break, or just coming off of theirs and into the base phase of training. Surprisingly, this low-key time of the year can actually be a very difficult phase, one that takes a lot of patience.

When any athlete comes off a break, the enthusiasm towards training suddenly spikes to an all-time high, (well, at least after you get past those first few awkward runs where you wonder if your limbs are actually moving correctly!) You know the feeling–you rush back into training like it’s an episode of “The Biggest Loser,” becoming obsessed with the idea that “more must be better.” But the truth is, more isn’t always better, but more patience can be.

Since I ran my last race of the season at USA’s in June it’s been a long, slow road back as I had to recover from an injury. When I first started training again I was so enthusiastic I jumped in the pool to cross-train like a fish who’d been outta water (and trust me, I don’t really love swimming). I hit the trails with my GPS watch on, swearing to myself I wouldn’t just waste time jogging but get in a decent pace. Low and behold, a week later I realized I had pushed too hard and already had to back off because I re-aggravated my injury. The next six weeks that followed continued in a similar cycle of ups and downs until finally I realized I just had to get in the basics, not compare my progress to season’s past, and rely on faith and patience. A small step forward is greater that fives steps forward followed by ten steps backwards.