But, I do have this to share - I had an "aha" moment at the foot doc yesterday. Since last week when I said my foot was sore I have run twice. Both times it was very sore afterwards and I've been feeling pretty blue about it. Yesterday, I went to the podiatrist to see what he had to say. First some background on him: he's a 25 time marathoner, Boston qualifier many times over, but got a little bored with just running and now he's an Ironman working to qualify for Worlds (Kona). So yeah, I'm sure he was super impressed with my 4 marathons and 3:54 PR.
He listened to the saga of my foot and we talked about treatment options - one of which was to start cross training with the goal of doing a triathalon. Me, skepitcal (cuz I'm a runner, right?), says "yeah, but I'm a poor swimmer". Him: "Well, then train." Me still obviously skeptical. He got up to leave and then turned and said "I just think it's important for you to start feeling like an athlete again".
I started crying.
I guess he gets it.
I'm not always the best at expressing my own feelings and reactions, but when he said that it verbalized exactly what I've been feeling for the last 6 months - like I'm losing that "athlete" identity I had worked so hard for. I kind of need to feel like a badass again. And what he said makes sense in that I need a new goal for now to get that feeling back. Fix the head and the foot. So, a triathalon? I'm still not ready to commit, but I am going to look into more cross training (baby steps, right?).
I leave you now to go do my favorite Christmas morning ritual...
I don't know if I'll be able to get on here in the next few days, but wanted to wish everyone a very HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
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