I've been going hard this week...at least harder than the last few weeks. And for good reason. I have a forced break coming up. I am having surgery next Monday to correct my hearing in my right ear and the suggested rest time is 3 WEEKS!!! Gulp.
There is a part of me, bigger than I'd like to admit, that is scared of "taking a rest" and not running for three weeks. Will I lose all I have worked so hard for? We all know how quickly we lose our endurance, but it is something more that just losing the miles. I think there is a genuine fear that I will lose my drive and motivation.
Do you remember your first steps off the couch? Maybe you've always been a runner/athlete and can't relate to that. But for me, there have been definite seasons in my life where I have been really inactive. I was heavy and uncomfortable in my own skin. I have worked hard to rid my life of any trace of that old person, those old bad habits, and that harmful attitude.
But even in the midst of my worry, I have a flicker....no it's bigger than that....a flame of hope and encouragement. I have such a great support group with my family (I know the hubs is going to take such good care of me), friends, and this running blog to keep me on track.
Have you ever had to take a forced break from running?
Have you ever worried about "losing" your miles, speed, motivation in running?
What has kept your attitude afloat during a break?