Thanks again for all of your support and kind words on yesterday’s post! It really is for the best. And, I know one day I will look back on it and it really won’t seem like that big of a deal. But for some reason, everything always seems like such a disaster when you are in the moment.

I had big plans this morning to do a phenomenal CrossFit-esque workout, but when I woke up with a throbbing hamstring, I decided that it was better to take a day off and focus on truly rehabbing it. I think a hot bath is on the table for later today. 🙂 

So, for a little bit of a positive perspective, I am focusing on looking on the bright side of things of not running the race: 

1) I don’t have to go through taper madness. Seriously, taper has to be one of the worst parts of marathon training. Every time I go through it I feel like I am going to go c.r.a.z.y. It’s that whole going from 60 mph to 0 mph in a few days in terms of how much you are running that is so difficult. 

 
2) I don’t have to freak out about running in these conditions:

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I know it is a lot better than what a lot of people are experiencing across the country, but I am not a fan of running in the rain. I will do it if I have to, but it is not my favorite thing. Although the right gear definitely makes a difference. 

 
3) I have an opportunity to get really good at the pistol squat. Part of my hamstring injury is due to a muscle imbalance in my hips and my quads. So I am focusing on building up my muscle in my quads for more support and what’s better than the pistol squat.

Since my muscles are so weak, I am not very good at this exercise yet. Right now, I am trying to do the squat down to the height of our couch cushion and eventually I will move to something lower until I can do the whole thing right. 

 
4) I can seriously think about running the Colorado Marathon. I stumbled across this race on Marathon Guide (best way to find out about new races!) and it sounded like a really fun race. It’s in May, which potentially gives me enough time to rehab + start a great training cycle… and yes, I totally watched the nine minute movie about the race. #runnerd

 
5) I have an excuse to catch up on my sleepRunner’s World has a lot of great articles about why sleep is so important to helping your muscles recover. Like this one: 

A pattern of consistently good sleep will give you a boost of growth hormones, which are great for rebuilding muscle fibers. Several nights in a row of bad sleep will decrease reaction time along with immune, motor, and cognitive functions—not a good combination for a workout.

 

Wahoo. I can always go for some more sleep! 🙂

 

Have you run the Colorado Marathon? What did you think? 

What’s the bright side of a not-so-awesome situation you are in right now? 

 
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