Coach Spencer Runs in the Woods

Coach Spencer Runs in the Woods

Monday, November 26, 2012

Finding Purpose

2011 was great. 2012 was not. Concussion. Broken toe. Messed up ankle. Weight gain. ...there hasn't been a whole lot of running going on. I've been running for 2 weeks now after a break of 2 months while my ankle got better. It's still not great but I can run. I've had two weeks of about 25 miles each. The ankle won't be a limiting factor. Being out of shape will limit my speed quite a bit and will limit my volume for a bit, but can't limit the frequency of my running.

I've had a lot of time to think. Of course a lot of the time, I've felt like I was never going to get back to running or at least not near the level I was at last year. But I'm not going down that road. I've thought about the things I love about running & what it means. Can I run 17:52 for 5K or 3:08 for marathon like I did last year? Can I win a 50K like I did last year? No. Not now. Does that matter? Yeah, kinda. But what's more important- running 17:52 or the enjoyment of running and seeing beautiful things in nature?

I do need something to work towards. I can't just get out there and run everyday with no goal. I can't. I sat down this weekend and figured out a few race options for the next 4 months... still thinking, but I have a few options. Pretty sure these plans will include more trail races than road races.

Being forced to take time off because of injury always makes you appreciate running more- at least it does for me.