Sunday, January 11, 2009

Life happens

They say life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. A year ago, I would have never thought that my budding ultra running career would be put on hold for as long as it has. The body is an amazing thing and when all systems are go, it can take a lot. When you really think about it, its a wonder we endurance athletes don't fall apart more often. In hindsight, I believe my physical problems were a perfect storm. The wrong thing happened at the wrong time and I probably did all the wrong things in response. There's much more to the story then I've ever mentioned here, but that's not really what I want to focus on.

I'm happy that 2008 is behind me. It was a tough year, but I also learned a lot and gained a new perspective on life, myself and my relationships. One of my first thoughts of the new year was that this is the year I'll run a marathon again. That may or may not happen. But I do think it's likely I'll run again this year. I wasn't so sure about that just a few short months ago.

In the meantime, I've settled into a nice exercise routine of yoga, pilates, pool running and water aerobics. I do twice daily strength moves my physical therapist has prescribed. As I can I'll add more, concentrating on walking and hiking. But instead of focusing on long term goals, I'm taking it day by day. I'm meeting myself daily, where I am, and grateful for what I can do. And I'm grateful for all my running and blogging friends who have stuck with me. I'm not posting here much (you may have noticed I made it private for awhile), and I'm skimming blogs but not commenting too often. I'm more active on facebook. If you're not already my friend, I think this will link you to my profile. Go ahead and friend me!

9 comments:

Bob - BlogMYruns.com said...
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Bob - BlogMYruns.com said...

Hey Sarah, Happy 09' I sincerely hope you make ur way back on the trails, I know they miss you very much :-)

Good job on yoga & pilates that will help a ton with your core strength...umm not that I do those tow exercises but that is what I hear time and time again, someday I will try it - lol

Have a great year!! and keep us updated on what is going on in ur world...also post some pics of any desserts/cakes you bake :-)

Rick Gaston said...

Seeing you on Facebook made it feel like you never left blogging. They are starting to blur together for me:) Good to hear from you Sarah.

Joe said...

Great to hear how you are, Sarah, I've thought a lot about you and the bounce-back you are hoping to have. Wow, what a "perfect storm"... sounds like you're maknig the most of it.

You know what to do and how slow/fast to take it. Here's cheering for you!!!

olga said...

I agree with Rick, Facebook somehow made it normal about your non-blogging (that's not to say how much I am blogging lately). I admire your determonation and acceptance a lot. Happy people live happy lives, and lives are not just what we do, or would like to do.

Backofpack said...

Good to have you back Sarah!

Bret said...

Yeah Sarah! Good to see you back. I was concerned. Say Hi to the man for me.

Black Knight said...

2008 is a year to forget for me too and like you I am living day after day hoping to run a marathon again.
Happy 2009 and good luck.

Jack said...

Nice to have you back Sarah!