With an eye toward the former goal, I spent some time yesterday making sure my registration ducks were in a row, reserving a parking spot per the annoying email from race organizers (I already paid for the race—how about letting me park for free?), and securing a spot in a seeded corral. As I scanned my race results from the past few years, deciding which one to send in for seeding purposes, I couldn’t help but wonder: When’s the last time I was actually happy with a race time (for running, that is)?
But as I perused this year’s races, I spotted a huge victory that had nothing to do with time, or mental toughness, or anything—I’ve stayed healthy all year! This would be notable for any training cycle, but especially for this one, when my new ACL could have easily thrown everything else off, creating interesting new injuries as I screwed up my stride in a crazed grind to JUST KEEP RUNNING. Staying healthy through a comeback is a really tricky thing to do (so much so, I was asked to write a story for Women’s Running titled Tips to a successful running comeback for the January/February 2011 magazine), and I’ve apparently managed to do it.
I’m not fast. I don’t have a ton of endurance. But guess what? I can go run 5 miles whenever I want, because I have not given myself an overuse injury while recovering from a traumatic injury! It seems that at some point, I’ve actually procured some patience and maturity, which are way more useful than a PR.
Remind me about this post in December, K?