On January 12th I took a beautiful hike with my dear friend and our dogs along a trail filled with waterfalls.
bone rolling and crushing down onto hard granite. I managed to hike the mile-and-a-half back to the car.
(sprained ankle tip: keep on moving if not broken, natural pain relievers and inflammation reducers will keep you at bay until you can get to your destination or help)
For the next 3 months I pushed a hard pause on my trail-marathon training, and went through some rough endorphin withdrawals. I knew that this was going to be an opportunity to dig deep into my toolbox of skills to listen to my body and emotions with curiosity, self-compassion, and patience as it slowly recovered...................
Here is a peek into my journal where I reflected on lessons from my ankle.
In the past, I have been frustrated by injuries and angry at my own body. This time I chose to intentionally observe, listen, love and learn.
I applied skills and tools that I offer to others - here's the list that kept me sane and healing:
- Daily meditation
- Thinking and communicating words of self-compassion
- Researching and consistently doing rehabilitation and strengthening exercises
- Celebrating small wins during my recovery
- Patience with re-building my running endurance, then speed
I'm happy to say that this past Sunday, I completed the North Face Endurance Challenge Half-Marathon, and beat my estimated finish time significantly.
This year has been hard work both physically and emotionally, and as I crossed that finish line, I had a joyous feeling of, "that was well worth the effort!"
Thanks to all who support me through this journey of life!