It helped to have so many supportive and helpful comments. Reading your words reminded me that it's OK to take a break- even in the middle of marathon training- if it's for a good reason. Thanks to each an every one of you.
I also did a little research (actually, Hubby did) and have decided that slowmohusky was probably right. The foot thing is more likely paroneal tendinitis and there are some things I can do for it, including alternating heat/ice.
How many boats and fish tanks and ATVs and mounted mule deer heads can you fit into a few expo buildings? I had to see...
Interestingly, I learned something about fishing bass on the South Umpqua that day.
He went on to explain that if you don't get a bite after a dozen casts, then it's time to TRY A NEW APPROACH.
Try a purple worm, or a black one. You might cast a few times and get a bite. Or try moving the shot below the worm. Try reeling in the line differently.
The thing is, if it isn't working, DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
Fishing requires patience, it also requires a careful study of the fish, the weather, the river and the trial and error approach.
How relevant to running.
I got to thinking. Maybe I need a different worm, or to move my shot for a while. Maybe I need to cast in a different spot.
I definitely need more patience, but I am going to make a study of this running injury.
I wasn't so self controlled today and I hit the pavement for a test run after 3 days off. The result? Mildly aching/twingey for the entire run- except for a few short stretches. I am back to ice/heat and not sure about what to do tomorrow. I just can't get the same workout from the bike.
I got this email and have a new personal goal. Honestly, if this were my only task for the next 30 days, I am not sure I could pass.
We're so glad you've decided to accept the "30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge"! Your decision means that you truly want to be a blessing in your home. This challenge will also result in spiritual growth in your own life.
We'd like to encourage you to keep track of what God does in your marriage over this next month. We hope you'll take time to share what God does in your home as you bless and encourage your spouse.
To refresh your memory, here's the challenge for the next 30 days:
* You can't say anything negative about your husband . . . to your husband, or to anyone else.
* Say something that you admire or appreciate about your husband . . . to your husband . . . and to someone else.
To help you get started, have you ever thanked your husband for "choosing you" above all other women? He found you attractive as a person, and appreciated you. Though many circumstances in your marriage may have changed, let your husband know that you are glad God led you together, and that you want to be a blessing to him for the rest of your marriage.
One of the best opportunities to express your gratitude is first thing in the morning. How do you greet your husband each morning? Is he confident in your love? Give him a "wake up call" that he'll never forget--a big "I love you" and an "I'm so glad I'm your wife!"
"The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life." (Proverbs 31:11-12)
Jesus, Thank You
Words and music by Pat Sczebel
The mystery of the cross I cannot comprehend
The agonies of Calvary
You the perfect Holy One, crushed Your Son
Who drank the bitter cup reserved for me
Your blood has washed away my sin
Jesus, thank You
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied
Jesus, thank You
Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table
Jesus, thank You
By Your perfect sacrifice I’ve been brought near
Your enemy You’ve made Your friend
Pouring out the riches of Your glorious grace
Your mercy and Your kindness know no end
Lover of my soul
I want to live for You