The truth is...I am not taking care of myself. My body, mind, heart, soul. I've become lax on things that once upon a time were so important to me - eating clean, running, yoga, listening to my body, carving out time for me. I don't feel like my usual self and I kind of miss that person that was so driven and goal focused. Now I just feel like I have no direction, no goal and no path to follow. I'm just floating along.
I think this is due to a wild combination of things (most of which I won't go into but nothing serious) including my knee pain (cue the violins). It is exhausting, seemingly never ending and painful. I know I am not the first runner to have knee pain and I certianly won't be the last but it's extremly discouraging. What have I done about this? Nothing (gasp!). The smarter Karen knows what to do: call doctor, go to PT, foam roll and stretch religiously, ice, run slow, run low mileage. The current state of mind Karen thinks: if I just pretend it's not there it will go away.
The lightbulb has finally gone off and I realize that I can no longer continue down this path. I am not healthy and I am not happy (in terms of running). My decision to not help myself has prolonged this injury (whatever it may be) and will make it that much harder to heal in the long run. Keeping everything bottled inside is just as unhealthy. I need to vent, I need support and I need guidance.
I'm going to turn this setback into my comeback.
Question: What do you do when you aren't taking care of you? How do you get back on track?