Bad Angel Rule #190

Don’t Take Running for Granted.

“Ugh, I HAVE to run today. I soooo don’t want to.”

How many times have you uttered that, or a similar, phrase?

For me, it’s too many times to count.

After being sidelined for three months and counting, I vow to eliminate such things from my vocabulary.

From now on, I don’t HAVE to run. I GET to run.

Because all I want to do now is run, to start training, and I can’t. So every time I hear an uninjured runner complain about their running “chore,” I want to ring their beautiful, healthy neck.

This is my first real experience with injury, and in that regard, I’ve been incredibly lucky. I’ve never had to miss a race or even a large chunk of training because I was hurt. Until now.

The longer it takes to heal my nagging bursitis-plagued left hip, the less feasible my April 25 marathon becomes. And that’s OK. Getting healthy, and staying healthy, is much more important. Because this is not just about that April 25 marathon, this is about being able to run — to do something I love, to do something that is part of who I am — for years and years to come.

As I look for silver linings in my forced break, a changed perspective is at the top of the list. I promise never to take running for granted again because one day, it might be gone. — Mags

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Bad Angel Rule #190

  1. Pingback: Bad Angel Rules for Running | Dueling Race Recap: Madison Half Marathon 2015

  2. I was out with a pulled hamstring for three weeks last year and went nuts during that time. I also thought I had a stress fracture (turned out to be a bad orthotic) back in November and was horrified of the thought of not being able to run. It is something we should look at as a freedom (and source of joy) not a chore. I hope you’re back out there pounding the pavement soon… for the long haul.

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  3. I heard a keynote speech one day about GET to vs Have To. It was in relation to wounded warriors, who get up after rehab and live their life that way, because it’s true, the GET to keep living while some of their comrades maybe didn’t make it home. Its amazing the power of one word!

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  4. A friend of mine was out w/ a hair-line fracture and had the same existential realization.
    It’s too easy to get caught up in the mechanics and stats of running. It should be fun and appreciated.
    Andy

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