First of all welcome new friends in the support crew and a big thank you to the comments of support for my NUUN/Hood to Coast application. Hopefully you will still come back and check out my blog despite my dance moves.
I have been thinking about my post today and all the ways I could try to explain what I have been feeling with this FOOT thing I have dealing with. Amanda at 5 Miles Past Empty just shared a post about running buddies and how life events bring people together. Blogging is one way to share the joys and challenges of running, but ultimately it become much more. Running has been a real gift and has connected to me to other unique, strong women who have made an impact on my life.
So even though I love posts about gear, miles, & running I grow the most from those posts that follow those. The ones about friendship, challenges, growth, and understanding. The ones where someone takes a risk, shares a fear, calls out for suppoprt or prayers.
No one gets a runner like a runner...we are here to be each other's biggest CHEERLEADERS, supporters and give each other the extra push to dig deeper and dream bigger. Running buddies are great, when Blonde Pony entered my life I was so excited! Running has connected me with so many great people and OPENED the door to friendships that go beyond running. Running is as Amanda says "the tie that binds us".
This is part of the reason forced REST leaves me a bit lonley. I want to run when my friends run. I love running in silence next to a friend or chatting it up as we hit mile 7 and you wonder where the time has gone. I love being in God's creation and how he reveals himself to me during those times. It doesn't matter if I am with or without a running buddy...the follow up text saying, "How did it go?" is sweet enough! Those texts, call,and emails is one way that friends show they care. When you aren't able to RUN you fear the "tie that binds" will loosen or fade. This is the root on my stress...it's my insecurities saying don't forget me.
I know this is silly and "this too shall pass" but days can be tough while I rest and wait. I ran 4 miles today with minimal pain (but there was some pain). I am not pain free....YET. I have finally decided after week 5 of rest that I am going to go ahead and get that CAT SCAN of my foot. I am HOPING that they tell me just what the XRAY said...NOTHING. But I need to know either way. If there is a fracture I need to see it. My brain is stronger than my foot and...I mentally want to RUN!!
Seattle Rock N Roll is 2 weeks away...and I am not sure what that will look like for me. The thought of NOT RUNNING and hanging with RUNNERS sounds painful. BUT one of my wise running friends made a point that it may be my turn to cheer, and support them on and completely put my DESIRES and WANTS to the side. Really? Man that is a tough pill to swallow. When those friends leave me at the start and run their 13.1 or 26.2...I will not be on that journey. I will be on my own journey...a much bigger one that I HOPE will make me a stronger friend and running buddy!
Amanda had a great idea and proposed June 25th as being RUNNING BUDDY DAY! I am crossiong my fingers I will be able to run on the 25th and if not someone better be giving me a piggy back ride!So please say a prayer for Tuesday morning! I am trying to give this FOOT thing to GOD. I don't want my FOOT to consume my thoughts. The only thing I ever want to CONSUME me....is God's LOVE and my relationship with him.
So thanks for listening, encouraging and going through this struggle with me!
Huge SHOUT OUT to the running buddies in my life!! If you haven't had a chance to watch my video application check it out HERE. Then be sure to go to NUUN FB page and let them know they need to pick H LOVE for their team! THANKS!!