Posted by: kzaitzruns | August 24, 2011

“Patience is bitter but it’s fruit is sweet”

It’s been a while since I’ve actually taken the time to truly blog.  It’s funny how when you are hurt you feel as if you are spending more time training then you were when you were able to run.  Well, that’s how it was for me.  I’ve been back now for about five weeks now after having taken almost six weeks off with a nagging injury in my left hip flexor/ hip region.  I cannot put into words how great it feels to be running again!  It has been a long slow road back filled with much heartache and many aches and pains (literally)!  I am finally feeling like I have power back in my stride and that I am able to get full extension with each stride, although I do find it still takes  a few miles to feel “good”.

I raced a half marathon two weekends ago in Chicago and placed 2nd.  It was nice to race again even if I felt as if I were out there doing a hard temp (however, in a hard tempo I wouldn’t be dumb enough to go out in 5:22 like I did in Chicago).  That race solidified the feeling I had going in, and that is the fact that I’m missing endurance.  I get to look forward to the 20k in less than two weeks, however, while I know my endurance is better than it was in Chicago, it is nowhere near where it was pre injury!  Before I got hurt I was in the best shape of my life, ready to PR in the marathon.  In the sport of distance running, however, it doesn’t take much at that point to put you over the “line”.  I may have only crossed one toe over that line, but it was enough.  Injury, it’s part of the sport and as much as we try to avoid it, it is always lurking close by when you are preparing yourself to go faster and be stronger.  You can either give in to it or overcome it confidently and be better both physically and mentally because of it.  I choose the latter of the two.

I wish I could say that I will be entering the US 20k with the same fitness I had in May, but that would be a lie.  I’ve worked really hard the last five weeks and I must look at the improvements that I make from week to week and not where I was pre injury.  I have no predictions or expectations for the US 20k, only to do my best with where I am at come September 5th.  I look forward to my future races and improving upon each one as I become fitter, faster, stronger.  The true test is in January as I toe the line for the US Olympic Marathon Trials.  That is where I need to be revved and ready to go!  Life is filled with ups and downs, as is running.  Unfortunately my career has been a bumpy one but I believe it is the journey that shapes our character and makes the destination fruitful.  Good things are in store and I must work smart, work hard, and be patient.  Good things come to those who wait…

Until next time…

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