|Frosty Fall Leaves - in Villach Austria|
Good Morning Barefooters,
If you don't ever JUST DO IT, you'll always wonder if you could have. And after all, what's the worst thing that could happen?...if you really hate whatever it is, you can always go back to doing whatever it was you were doing before. And then at least you can say that you tried it. As the great Henry Ford once said: "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right!"
The nice thing is that this philosophy can apply to just about anything you need to do, including NOT doing something. If you are injured and need rest, then instead of feeling guilty about taking time off from running you can JUST DO IT and take a zero day (or week) to get healthy again. Anytime we apply the JUST DO IT mantra we get ourselves out of the "over-analyzing mode" and move forward with what needs to get done.
|Morning Headlamp Run on |
River Path in Villach Austria
That being said, right now I'm taking some time to let my ankle continue to heal. Even though I did take some time off after the Appalachian Trail injury I think it still needs some more time off. I rested for two days over Thanksgiving break and I'm looking at taking even more down time. Since I've already hit my mileage goal for the year, I didn't see the need to just keep piling on the miles.
The month of November was pretty interesting, however, since I was out of the country for the first two weeks of the month. I was on a business trip in Villach Austria for the first week and in Munich Germany for the second week. I got in some interesting runs in both places and actually ran every day in both places (except Sunday). This was in spite of a rather nasty self inflicted toe injury the first day in Villach when I stubbed my toe (hard) on the bed in the hotel room...just walking over to look out the window!
|Villach Toe Injury - Stubbed Toe|
The picture shows the fourth and fifth(pinky) toes nice and purple after about 48 hours. It didn't really hurt when I ran, just when I put them back into the shoes each day for the business meetings. This continues the trend for my messed up right foot...it seems like every blister, pain, stress response, etc...always happens to THIS foot. Anyway, I actually ran about 25 miles each week while overseas and got in my coldest run of the season (30 deg. F) prior to leaving Munich.
The weather has now turned colder back here in Indiana as well and I have now run as low as 27 degrees F. We had quite a snowstorm last Saturday here but I got in a nice 15 miler in the dry, dark, pre-dawn hours ahead of the big first wet snowstorm of the season. I enjoyed my Thanksgiving break this past weekend and I'm now on a business trip to Michigan for the next couple of days.
Enjoy your winter running,
(November Mileage = 146.12 miles)