I admit sitting out the last 4 weeks, not able to run because of this mind bogglingly trivial foot injury has been frustrating but it has also made me come to realise a few home truths. The first thing is that it has reminded me how much I enjoy simply going out for a run and seeing so many people out running in the summer sun brings this home. I have set goals this year to do things like running a marathon in a personal best time, continent spanning distances in a month and parkruns at time distorting speeds but the real thing I miss is that simple pleasure.
The insight was given to me by my good friend Louise Thompson who has gone through in injury terms, much more and I give her full credit here. What she said was that she had found “a new normal” meaning that it doesn’t really matter that we can’t do the things we used to do when we were younger, fitter and more resilient, so long as we enjoy ourselves. Being a runner is a lifestyle choice, something we do for health, fitness and being around positive, like-minded people as well at getting to go out and enjoying that “runners high”. You don’t have to run faster or longer than anyone else just so long as you can do your thing to the best of your ability.
Finally, last week I met an individual who’s journey is inspiring and the same time puts my trivial struggles into perspective. You can read Kirsty Shepherd’s story on the parkrun blog but suffice to say after meeting Kirsty and reading her blog, I refuse to feel sorry for myself.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
2 Corinthians 4:16 NIVUK