I am a girl who loves mountains, changing seasons, running, true backpacking, strong coffee, and knitting with high quality yarn.
When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.
The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott
Monday, March 13, 2006
Sharing the wisdom of others...
Greedy. by Annette Bednosky
I have not run in 4 months. (At least not longer than a few miles at a time). My
hamstring throbs and I long to be in the woods, on the trails, over the rocks and
in the creeks. Yes, I miss the thrill and chase of racing, but more than anything,
the freedom of flying in the mountains.
Greedy. That is the best word I can use to describe myself last fall after
the Mountain Masochist. I'd had a fun and successful year racing and
10/16/05 was supposed to have marked the start of a 2 month rest .
Greedy. But, rest, I did not. There were too many cool local 5k's and trail
runs that I didn't want to miss out on. What could it hurt? I wondered? These are just little 3 milers, 6 milers and 18milers….that will be like
rest , I thought….NOT
Anyway, somewhere in the midst of rest I strained/tore or somehow
injured my hamstring. I've had 4 MRI's and visited different traditional
doc's and witch doctors …try to prove otherwise…but what I am doing
now is the dreaded among all ultra runners. Not running. All all. And trying
to heal so I can fly again
The moral of my story…I am still finding it. I always thought that something like this wouldn't happen to me. Yet, I remember, I am human. And although not running makes me cry daily, I am hazily reminded that I am more than a runner. I
realize running has been what has defined me for the last few years…and without it, I am…still me I pray for healing and that I may contour the mountains and vault across the creeks and hope that when I heal that will not be so greedy.
You know, the worse of all is that majority of us are learning by making our own mistakes, too often repeating mistakes already made. And, unfortunately, hardly anything will change that. But may be, a slight may be, there is a chance this stroy can help someone, at least as this someone is dealing with already happened injury, just to know he/she is not alone. Or may be someone is very close to get one and will recognize it just in time to stop and prevent. May be. You think?