I had a great week of workouts last week which included some hill repeats, a fartlek, and long run with pickups. Monday is my rest day and I usually wake up Tuesday morning ready for a run. Yesterday, I started out my run and felt a familiar pain in my left shin, a pain which earlier this year I tried to ignore and run through. This only made it worse and I had to take a whole month off from running. I learned the hard way that when it comes to training, ignoring pain is never a good idea.
After my run, I was feeling a little bummed about the prospect of battling another round of shin splints/tendinitis. Often times when I have a bad day of running, I tend to overreact just a little:) Yes, I am a female and at times, I am not the most rational person! So of course, I began to question what I am doing all this for. Why do I wake up at the crack of down get some miles in before my family wakes up? Why do I feel the need to attend late night yoga sessions to strengthen and stretch when there are days after working or keeping my daughter where all I want to do is sit on the couch, watch some mindless tv, and eat popcorn in my pajamas? I was tired from last week, concerned about reinjuring myself, and feeling defeated before I started the heart of my training.
I wallowed a bit, considered blowing off my whole training plan, and then decided to take action by icing, resting, and stretching my leg. After a better run this morning, I decided to invest in a foam roller. This is something that I have been meaning to buy, but never got around to it. After running errands, I came home and decided to try out the DVD as to see if I could catch a quick segment on how to use it. Normally, trying to do any exercises with my daughter is a joke because she always wants to join in. I usually end up laughing at her cute attempts to stretch or try to imitate my exercises! Today, I caught her trying to figure out the foam roller.
Which made me realize that while I have always tried to live a healthy, active lifestyle to take care of myself, it impacts my daughter more than I realize. As she continues to grow and learn, she will look to me as an example. At times, I question how much I actually contribute to society as a part-time employee/stay at home mom. But I realize that perhaps setting a positive example for the next generation is contributing to a better society. And if she learns through my example of how to endure through tough times, to have a positive attitude, to set goals, to dream big, and to believe in herself, then I consider that a job well done!