Posted by: kzaitzruns | April 29, 2014

Today I’m grateful for…

Today is day 9. Every day with this injury is a challenge. It is a mystery as to why the inflammation is not going down with rest and why one 20 minute jog caused pain like day one. Of course all I want to do is go out for a run, no amount of biking or elliptical makes me feel like I do when I get to run pain-free.

I know, however, that what I am going through is small in comparison to children at St. Jude’s hospital who are fighting for their lives or adults suffering from fatal diseases. It is no match to some of the terrible divorces I’ve seen couples go through or people whose lives are changed in an instance in a car accident or from mother nature. I know that my injury is a small challenge in the journey of life. It doesn’t make it less frustrating or annoying but it does put it into perspective. Monday I will see an orthopedic surgeon who will evaluate it. At this point I feel an MRI or an ultrasound is needed, until then I will cross-train and rest it as much as possible.

Despite all this, I’m grateful, just like I am every day. Had I not challenged myself to publicly state what I’m grateful for every day for 30 days, I may not have looked at what IS GREAT in my life. It’s very easy to look at what sucks in life and forgot the other areas that are so blessed.

Today I’m grateful for my coach who’s also my step-dad. He is such a selfless man and is always there for my mom, my sister and myself. He listens when I need to cry but also gives me tough love when needed so that I remain positive and focused on what I can control. He has taught me to be proactive with my running and with injuries, which, has carried over into all areas of my life. He has taught me that worrying about things which I cannot control is wasted energy and he believes in me no matter what! I am so grateful for his love, friendship, and mentorship that words cannot express the gratitude I feel towards him.

My coach & I before the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials.  He's also my step-dad and a great friend, dad, coach, and mentor!

My coach & I before the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials. He’s  a great friend, dad, coach, and mentor!

Coach walking me down the isle at my wedding.

Coach walking me down the aisle at my wedding.

Until tomorrow…




  1. Beautifully said. I am starting my days now with “grateful” statements.

    • That’s great mom! It’s definitely made me happier during the trying times of injury!

  2. You are very fortunate to have Craig/Coach in all facets of your life. (Even if he does like to wear the occasional goofy hat!) Good luck with your ortho appointment Monday!

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