Two weeks down, two weeks to go. That’s the good word from my doctor yesterday, who informed me that at my next appointment on March 23, I should get to trade my purple cast for a splint. Translation: in two weeks, I should be able to get back to doing a wide variety of things that make me feel like myself again, from running to bathing without a large garbage bag covering my arm.
Two weeks down, two weeks to go. I’m at the halfway point, which every runner will recognize as the hardest part of a race. I’m feeling a bit worn down from the first half of the battle (which in this case is a battle to do as little as possible), but I’m not close enough to smell the finish yet. This would be the part of the marathon where I would switch playlists or reach for another Gu, and I think it’s time to redouble my efforts to stay positive about my wrist as well.
Regular readers of this blog know that during my first marathon in 2007, I became a big fan of cheesy motivational quotes. They have helped me a great deal in my efforts to keep my brain in the right place while recovering from surgery on Feb. 24 to fix my the wrist I broke snowboarding, but this week, I recognized it was time to find some new ones, too. I reached out to runner friends on Twitter and in person, and came up with the list below. If you’ve got a favorite motivational quote you feel would help an injured athlete stay positive while she’s sidelined, please share it by posting a comment below.
“There is more to life than increasing its speed” Gandhi
“In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” A. Camus
“He who argues for his limitations gets to keep them.” Richard Bach
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller
“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” C.S. Lewis
What else keeps you positive when you can’t run? Let me know by posting a comment below.
***EDITOR’S NOTE: If you found this post helpful, check out my recent shout-out to all of you who have posted here, Coping Tips for Injured Athletes. ***