This week’s prompt was to select one thing from the book that I’d like to focus on with training in the upcoming week. Obviously, I have decided to stick to my injury-free focus. Some ways in which I really hope to incorporate pain-free running is to get out on the awesome Rail Trail dirt path in Shippensburg. One thing Kara mentions is that running on softer surfaces reduces the pounding in the legs. Aka I need to take advantage of the trail more often! Also, as always, I am going to listen to my body. This past week, I only got one run in because of the way I felt during/after the run. Listening is the best way to prevent further injury as well. More stretching will also be something I focus on as I am leaving physical therapy and having to do it on my own. I was really good at stretching during PT, and I have to make sure to continue this! And I wish I could take Kara’s advice to get massages, but I just can’t afford that stuff! In my dreams, though…
An awesome picture of the Rail Trail!
The second part of the prompt is to choose a quote from the book that I found especially insightful. Kara quotes a lot of different things throughout the book.
“God has given me the ability. The rest is up to me. Believe. Believe. Believe….”
I LOVE this quote by Billy Mills (just as I love being able to put a name to a face, hence the picture above circa 1964). Not only does this apply to running, but it also is so relatable to life in general. My life in particular right now revolves around this quote. I seriously am considering blowing this quote up and framing it. Put faith in yourself and your dreams, and the rest will happen if only you believe!
And although I mentioned it earlier, this week’s training just included one run. It did include a swim, cross-training and strength training, though! Better than nothing, right?! I hope to get another run in either later today or tomorrow.
Also, don’t forget about the Twitchat tonight at 9 EST using #runreadlong. I am going to be at Trav’s house so I may not be able to join this week . But I will do my best. It may just be on my phone if anything!