Moms are super great. Especially my mom (but I might be a little bias). I was talking to her about life, and she asked how my foot was feeling.
Me: “not great. I haven’t ran in almost two weeks and it’s starting to get frustrating”
Mom: “be patient. I’m sure it’s very hard for you not to be running”
Me: “very – I miss it so much, especially since it’s been so beautiful outside lately. And it makes me sick to think that the half marathon I wanted to do well in is just a month away”
Mom: “try to reframe what “doing well” means considering the circumstances you are in. You can still do well by being patient with your foot, and training in other ways, and keep blogging about it. Those three goals are just as important and not all that easy to do. It would be easy to just give up running and blogging or even easy to push through the pain and cause more damage. The moderate middle line is the smart, although not easy path.”
GAH!! Moms always know just what to say! Doing well in this situation shouldn’t mean a PR. That’s unrealistic and I’d probably hurt myself. Doing well should look more like coming to grips that my tendinitis is going to take longer than I would like to heal and respecting the time it is going to take. Doing well means not giving up – hitting up the trainer in the early morning instead of the pavement and still blogging about my training experience.
“doing well” should be given a bit more perspective than I have been allowing it. Before it only meant having a strong training cycle that ended with a fast race or PR. Now, “doing well” means listening to my body, taking it easy, focusing on healing, enjoying life, continuing to blog, and most importantly never, ever giving up.
Mom – Thanks for always being my biggest supporter and giving me the advice I need to hear, even when it’s hard. LOVE YOU!!!
What does “doing well” mean to you right now?