I’ve been a grumpasaurus lately. I’m sorry, friends.
You see, when I am sad? I run.
When I am stressed? I run.
When I am mad? I run.
When I am happy? I run.
But I haven’t run in 11 days. That’s the longest I have gone without running in 4 years. No lie. The ONLY reason I haven’t laced up my new kicks and said “screw recovery” is because I want to run the Chicago Marathon in 16 days. My only shot is to ice and rest.
But last night I got hopeful. I participated in the Blue Mile’s “Brew Mile” at 3WiseMen. Basically, you pay $5, run/walk a mile and then get a free beer. And the money goes to Back on My Feet. My friend Amy and I (also a Wheaties Fuel Ambassador) worked with the Blue Mile to pass out Wheaties Fuel to participants. Everyone LOVED the cereal (and honestly people, have you tried it? If you haven’t, hit me up. I will send you some. Seriously, it’s really, really good and great for athletes) and we met a ton of people as we passed out product.
I was a bit sad in the beginning because I wasn’t going to be running alongside the almost 200 (?) people there, but after having great conversations with fellow runners, I turned that frown upside down.
My friend Jeff, who is an amazing runner, told me without even the slightest hesitation that I am going to be fine for Chicago. He said that since it’s my 7th marathon and because I have already done two 20-milers, that I need to just rest, do some light cardio and let my body heal. He once raced after being sick and taking a couple of weeks off and PR’d it! That’s awesome to hear.
I also met a Massage Therapist who works on athletes and gave me his card. I have already reached out to him because he told me that Achilles Tendonitis is caused by the other muscles in my leg and he can work on them. He got great reviews by other runners so sign me up!
I talked with a girl who had a horrible accident on the Monon Trail and yet is still running. Nothing has stopped her. If she can do it, I can.
I talked with Ashley from The Blue Mile who has an impressive pedigree of running behind him: he’s run a sub 4-minute mile, a 2:15 marathon and has qualified for the Olympics in the 1500. He told me that I need to see a massage therapist, do some shorter, easy runs and then just rely on my base level of fitness to get me through.
Not one person said “You can’t do it.” I met runners who have been there before and who all gave sound advice, but were just as optimistic as me. I left with a wealth of knowledge and a renewed confidence in myself.
Chicago may not be my best race. But it also won’t be my last. If I am going to be a marathoner, then I am going to deal with injuries. I am lucky not to have had one yet.
So as much as I am dying to feel my legs move underneath me, I am being smart. Because Chicago is the goal, and Chicago is going to happen.