I have spent the last 6 days since my last post mostly uninspired to take photos and write. So bear with me and hopefully this fall I’ll be back to running and more inspired to post.

Uninspired

Uninspired

I went for a bike ride on Sunday with Mr. SOTSS and didn’t take a single pic. It started with my excitement that we would ride around a reservoir that was a 5 mile loop for a few laps because I really wanted the feeling of exhaustion of a 20 mile ride. Well, we only did one loop because I was not feeling it. The bike path was loose gravel and I wasn’t feeling very comfortable on the bike. It made me frustrated. So no photos, no “yay I biked 20 miles and feel great”. Instead I found myself annoyed that he was flying around on his bike like no biggie and I was riding my brakes and worried about falling. I just wish I was athletic and fearless as him. I know I know….comparison is the thief of joy…..really it is. #keepinitreal

I did however take a photo of our lovely breakfast. I made blackberry pancakes and he made reheated the turkey bacon.

Pancakes are the best food group

Pancakes are the best food group

No better time of day than mealtime—for the dogs too! ;)

No better time of day than mealtime—for the dogs too! 😉

Ok well I did take one inspiring shot this week. I love the birds in the sky and the shades of pink on the trees

Ok well I did take one inspiring shot this week. I love the birds in the sky and the shades of pink on the trees

Duncan and I went back to the vet last Friday for a re-check on the eyelid. A new antibiotic for a week and hopefully that’s it. If it doesn’t get better then they will have to remove it surgically but luckily over the last 5 days the cyst is practically gone!

Doga....frog pose....

Dog yoga….frog pose….

I went to physical therapy yesterday. More painful massage of the fascia around the bottom of my foot and toe. And now we’re really ramping up exercises to strengthen my foot. Plus the usual e-stim and ultrasound.IMG_2425

Tonight I’m going to try and go for a hike with my hiking group. Haven’t been in 3 weeks. And maybe swim a few laps if I can this afternoon even though I’m really busy with work.

No matter how busy I am working I am lucky to have a 4-legged companion or two to hang with me

No matter how busy I am working I am lucky to have a 4-legged companion or two to hang with me

Mr. SOTSS has registered for his fall half marathon (he runs 2 a year. One in the Spring and one in the Fall.) He picked the Trenton Half. I love that race. I’ve run it 3 times!

The first time I ran Trenton in 2013 only 6 days after running the NYC Marathon and I set a PR of 2:07! It was an amazing day. I miss running...I miss racing...have I mentioned that at all? :)

The first time I ran Trenton in 2013 only 6 days after running the NYC Marathon and I set a PR of 2:07! It was an amazing day. I miss running…I miss racing…have I mentioned that at all? 🙂

Actually it was the last half I ran and that was 10 months ago since all 3 of my Spring halfs ended up being DNFs! #NOTbitterOKmaybeaLITTLEbitter) (recap 2016) (recap 2014) (recap 2013) I want to run it too. It’s so hard not to be jealous of him at the moment. REALLY HARD! But alas, not gonna happen as it’s on October 28th. I’ll be starting from square one when I get back to running as I’ve lost most of my endurance fitness for sure. But if I can I’ll try and run the 5k. I’m not even going to think about resuming running until after Labor Day which is 2 weeks away. And most likely I won’t start until mid September.

So thats what I’ve got.

Do you find yourself going into the horrible “comparison zone” often?

 

6 Comments

  1. It is very hard not to compare and get sad. You want what he is doing right now. I totally get it. But in this time away from running you are becoming a more well rounded athlete…and who doesn’t love that. Hoping you get back out there soon!

  2. I find myself falling in to the comparison trap all.the.time. It is so hard to not compare yourself to those around you, whether it’s comparing their level of fitness, their finish times, the distances they run…..the list goes on and on! For me, the most important thing is recognizing it for what it is, and changing my mindset to one of gratitude.

  3. The comparison trap gets me, too, as much as I try to just focus on my own accomplishments. My husband is a natural athlete and puts me to shame – I have given up running with him because the stress of trying to keep up (or the fear of holding him back?) takes the joy out of running for me. It’s humbling to remind myself that he is living with R.A. and probably feels disappointed in his own performances based on his pre-R.A. standards. We all have our hurdles to overcome, mental and physical, to be sure.

    Anyhow, I finally got my running mojo back only to be sidelined with the nastiest case of ITBS that I’ve had in years. So, I’m pretty sure that the 3rd half marathon I signed up for will now be my 3rd DNS of the year : ( At this point, if I can get my annual New Year’s Eve 5K in, I’ll be a happy camper! Here’s to better, healthier times ahead for all of us!

  4. I can definitely find myself in the comparison zone sometimes, and it’s completely understandable. The important thing is that you’re taking care of yourself!

  5. YEP. No matter how many times I have to remind myself that my hubby is probably always going to be faster than me, it’s hard not to feel jealous when he leaves me in his dust.

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