Before I start running again (today!), I want to share some things I have learned and the good that has come from being injured and NOT running.
What happens in the kitchen really makes a difference. Have you heard the saying "abs are made in the kitchen"? I now understand where that saying came from. And while I wouldn't claim to have abs (except maybe when I lie flat on my back, flex like it's my business, and make sure the lighting is just right), getting my nutrition figured out and on the right track has made a difference in how I feel physically. I don't know if anyone else can see a difference, but I can. And that's who I am doing this for, so I'm fine with that.
Strength training can be fun. It is also a great way to feel strong, look leaner, and maintain fitness. I will always love running, but I've definitely found a place in my heart for strength training over the past three months!
Life goes on, even when you aren't running. I survived the weekend I was supposed to be running a marathon, I made it through some tough life events, and I haven't turned into momzilla without my runs to help me through it all.
Real life happens in real life, not on social media. I took a step back from social media when I was first injured because it made me sad and sometimes mad that I was injured and not out there running and racing. But I found it was actually good for me emotionally and mentally. I still love being inspired by everyone and keeping up with their victories, but I've liked having some distance from the not-so-great stuff out there.