“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ~Mother Teresa
Since week 2 fell during Thanksgiving week and little was happening at work, I decided to postpone going back to work and focus on the healing for another week. I spent the week switching between my CPM and ice machine with little outings interspersed between. I wrote a bunch, watched a ton of movies, caught up on my magazines and with family and friends, made a Pumpkin Pie, and even hobbled down to watch the annual City Creek Turkey Trot. A vacation of sorts you could say.
I was only a little sad to not be able to run the Turkey Trot this year. I remembered running the Turkey Trot last year and spending the last two miles of downhill listing all of the things I was thankful in my head (including my ability to run) to distract myself from the actual pain of running as fast as I could. Which led me to thinking about how thankful I am for my running community and how grateful I am for all of the love and support I have received from them while recovering from this seemingly endless hip drama.
I first heard about the Fast Running Blog from the super marathoner I was dating. I joined the blog skeptically, with a fake name of course because I couldn’t have marathon man seeing what a slow runner I was, and began diligently tracking my workouts. Within a month of joining the aptly named Fast Running Blog, I was running faster and more consistently than ever and well then splat, hip drama, FAI hell, sad face.
Throughout my FAI surgery recovery and subsequent capsular repair and then FAI surgery number two, I have used the blog as a daily source of motivation, support, and downright happiness. Logging my daily workouts regardless of how miniscule and insignificant they are, detailing my struggles and meltdowns, and celebrating my accomplishments has been a great way to track my progress, ward off future meltdowns, and keep the motivation high.
If I am struggling one day, I can look back to a previous week and see how much I have actually improved and count on kind words from all the lovely friends I have made on the blog.
Sure sometimes it is hard to read about everyone else’s great runs and new PR’s, but I’ve found happiness getting to know the personalities on the blog and watching them blow their goals out of the water and reach feats they may have not thought possible.
So Happy Thanksgiving and be sure to spread the kind words, they mean the world to those who need them!