I am writing this fast and quick so I can move on. Back to the grind tomorrow.
Ah, where do I start with this one? Not a great past 2 weeks for me. President's Day (Monday) I was out on a "recovery" run and a rock happened to be misplaced on the trail :) and I tripped badly....like trip to urgent care with x-rays badly.
It crushed me. I know, I know - - are you kidding me your head could have split open? No Broken bones? You are lucky! Right, Right - but I knew the next 2 weeks would be mentally draining. And they were. Non stop rehab. Laser therapy, pool running 2x a day, painful massage (tear invoking), and writing the ABC's with my ankle 10x a day - I will never think about the alphabet the same way again (for years it brought images of Big Bird and Grover, now it will forever be sprained ankles).
Miraculously, I was given the clearance to run this week - and I knew I had lost fitness - just crushing because of a stupid mistake. Of all years when you need all the stars aligned it bummed me - and knowing what a bunch of teammates are going through - made me feel selfish to even think that.
Wednesday we decided to "green light" it after nailing "WOW" Workout Wednesday :). So now 2 days till race day was foreign to me, I am so used to getting focused a week prior, visualizing the course, talking race strategy, and planning splits. Now I was just.....well happy to be running it....except well yea with a cold :( I can't tell you the last time I have been sick with a cold, like 4th grade? The kind where your head weighs 50 lbs and my sinuses made me look like a walrus. Sweet.
So I spent the 2 days getting refocused and doing all my pre race routine tactics to get in mode. Including windexing the crap out of everything - terrible nervous anxiety habit - with a tissue in my other hand, sneezing every spray. Classic.
This was an early one, started at 6:30 am - which involved a 4am wake up call. I actually slept like a log because my head was so heavy to hold up anyway. Had my almond butter and bread, did my hip routine, and headed to the race.
After a 3 mile warm-up, I was feeling really good. And that was the peak of the day.
The good news, is teammates, Ariana WON it, Amy, got 2nd, Nat got 2nd in AG, I got 3rd in AG. We all were Top 10 overall, and represented SDP well.
If I am honest, I am more worried about mentally bouncing back from this one, never good to go backwards. It bites.
But, no use looking backward, the sidewalk ended - time to start a new path to 2:43. First things first this week is about getting the ankle back to 100%, Building back my base again, and looking forward to just training for a month. 3 races in 1.5 months has me a little mentally drained.
Thank god for teammates, they make the rollercoaster lows a little more bearable.