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Average Jane Isn’t Running…at the Moment

I have been so dejected about not being able to train or even work out very much over the last handful of weeks. Stress, sleep deprivation…they led to injury and now a flu-like sinus infection. I’ve been worried as the weeks keep ticking by that I’m losing so much time – too much time – to successfully complete my training for the St. Jude Marathon in December. I know I can always run intervals, and that’s likely what I’m going to have to do. But I so much wanted to run this one full-out.

This season has proven difficult for many distance runners and I’ve seen a few have to bow out from intended races already. I keep hoping I won’t have to do that. The thought that I might not get to run it at all has really gotten me down. Yesterday, after acquiring a bucket full of allergy meds and five days worth of antibiotics, I was feeling particularly sorry for myself.

Then I checked the mail.

There were two packages in the mailbox – one from the St. Jude Heroes Program and the other from Vista Print.

I definitely needed to see both of them:

The singlet reminded me that it doesn’t really matter if I run, walk, or limp through the 26.2 – I’m doing the best I can. And even if I don’t join the race at all, I’m still very much a part of it by raising money for the kids of St. Jude through their Heroes Program.

The business cards reminded me that I need to get off my hiney and promote this giveaway more whether my training is up to par or not. I’m hoping to spread these out on campus and in my neighborhood to broaden my reach. Sometimes I forget there are networking opportunities outside of the internet.

Hopefully by the end of this week I’ll feel up to training again. And as much as I hate to say it, I should probably be thankful for the sinus infection forcing me to sit on my rear to give my injury ample time to heal. Otherwise I would have been That Runner™ who turns something moderately painful and annoying into something completely debilitating by foolishly running on an injured foot. I’m trying my best not to be That Runner™ or That Person™.

So far I’m doing better at the Runner one.

Have you picked up distance training after a long break? How did it affect your race goals?

8 Responses to “Average Jane Isn’t Running…at the Moment”

  • REST REST REST my friend!! This too shall pass. You will finish the marathon. Healing is part of that process! I hope you get better really soon. Sinus infection…yuck!

    • AJ says:

      I know, I know, I know. I’m not good at resting, even when I have time to do it. Takes getting knocked flat on my bum for me to do it!

      And thanks for the thoughts, hopefully I’ll feel more human soon…

  • AlexPSullivan says:

    As you know um in the “had to call it quits on this one” camp at the moment, but I’d run out of time to achieve what I wanted. Remain positive though as you’ve still got time and you are already achieving what you set out to do – just keep the fundraising achievements to the front of your mind and before you know it your body will be fit and ready to go again! Good luck!

    • AJ says:

      I guess I just need to get over the frustration of things REALLY not turning out the way I planned with training…I kind of also need to learn that lesson with my life in general. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the well-wishes!

  • Emily says:

    I know it’s cliche, but the most important thing is to take care of yourself. You don’t want to injure yourself further by not properly resting an injury. And you said it best yourself, running the 26.2 is icing on the cake of awesomeness you are doing by raising money for St. Jude!

    • AJ says:

      It might be cliché but it should be common sense. :) And I am so. very. bad. at taking my own advice, particularly when it comes to running!

      I’m hoping when I get out of this funk my foot will be good to go. If not, I guess I’ll be walkin’ some! :)


  • Rich says:

    Keep resting, give it time. If all else fails, you’ve raised money for the Jude kids and you’ll be able to knock off the St Jude Memphis Marathon another year. Hold your head high!

    • AJ says:

      Thanks. :)

      But sad as it is – this will be the first and likely last time I’ll run the full Jude since we’re moving overseas next summer!

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