Archive for November, 2010
Car accident on 10/8 really threw things way off course. Car totaled, waited for insurance company to do their thing, finally received check and thanks to my wonderful husband, getting the new car was a very easy process. He’s really awesome with the online research so we were totally prepared when we left the house to go “test drive” and came home with the new car…the actual car he thought we would get after checking the car fax, etc.
Anyway, injuries were not too bad and the air bag burns healed within two weeks. The seatbelt injury to my chest/pec area and the back and neck soreness/pain have taken longer to heal, but I am thankful for my chiropractor and massage therapist! I went to my general practitioner first and after an X-ray showed nothing broken or cracked, he suggested going to a chiropractor. Good advice.
So two weeks of no running and trying to heal. Let’s just say I was not happy. I had numerous races already lined up that I had already paid for and had hotel reservations for so I wasn’t going to lose out on that investment. Losing two weeks of running would normally not be a huge deal, but the timing was the absolute worst with races every weekend in November including two half marathons and a 20K. I could not cross train so it was two weeks of nothing. Definitely more of a taper than I needed!
So I attempted the first race, the Creaky Bones 5K on 10/23 which was painful and my time was nowhere near where I would have liked, but it was a fun event with friends anyway. The second was on Halloween, the Daytona Beach Half Marathon. I knew I would not be able to race it and be happy with my time so I decided to run with two good friends who were also running it. That turned out to be a very fun experience. The next race is this coming Sunday, the XTERRA Wildhorse Trail Half Marathon. It is put on by TampaRaces.com – who put on amazing events. Since I am already registered and it is the first race in the XTERRA series, I have convinced myself that I must do it. I know I am not in the shape I had hoped to be in by this time of the year but I will do my best. The following weekend is the Naples 20K. This was my chance to PR at 20K since that is not a very popular distance. I was confident about setting that new PR before the accident, but now I’m not so sure.
Most of you know that I am President of RunnerGirl Inc. and so tonight while I was updating our online gift shop, I added our holiday section for those who are already thinking about those festive times and who like to shop early. My favorite items in that section of the online store are those with this clever saying: All I want for Christmas is a new PR!
This made me think about Christmas and all the special people in my life. It made me smile about those who make their health and well-being their top priority but it also made me quite sad because some of the people in my life do not make their health and fitness a priority. I know that I cannot motivate others to take better care of themselves, but I do hope that maybe I can inspire them through my actions. And basically that is all we can do to help our loved ones. We can support, encourage, and educate them. But we cannot make them do it. We cannot do it for them, as much as we would like to.
I know that for myself I do wish for a new PR and continued good health. But really, for Christmas, since that is the biggest gift giving holiday in my family, I truly only want one thing: for my loved ones to make their health a priority. I would like them to start and stick to a fitness program, eat healthier, and just take better care of themselves. There’s nothing anyone could buy me that would mean more than spending time with my loved ones who are healthy and happy for years and years to come.
I think being in a car accident or going through any type of trauma like that makes you re-evaluate life a bit and definitely helps you to prioritize. Be well my friends.