"So what if I live my life like I’m in a race? I brush myself off and get back in the race; the time is short, the course is long, and I can’t wear the face of the defeated."
"I don’t dance in the rain, I run in it."
At the end of indoor track season last year I was diagnosed with a stress fracture, resulting to six weeks in a walking boot. Four weeks after I got the boot off, I had surgery on my bunion. Six weeks in a smaller boot/shoot, followed by limited exercise/walking for six more weeks.
I had already planned for the surgery, but the stress fracture was a devestating blow. All the hard work was lost. I was at my fastest times yet, and my lowest weight. I broke down, lost hope and shut myself away from my team for most of the year. I have thought about quitting so many times that I’ve lost count. Still, I keep coming back.
Tomorrow is my second day at 6:45 am morning practice for indoor track season. I’m going to be tired and exhausted from today, but I know that this is what makes me happy. I could never hope to be satisfied with “what could have been”.
My goals are:
- Lose the weight gained post-injury
- Get back into shape equal to pre-injury
- Get the speed back
- Avoid re-injury
- Enjoy the time with my teammates
- Be healthy
- Maintain a healthy body image
- Have fun