"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? ... So use every part of your body to give glory back to God..." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Sunday, May 18, 2014

When things do not go as planned

"Oh great Nita, you haven't been injured in a long time." Andy replied to me as I told him my knee was still bothering me.

It has been 3 days since I have not ran on it. I have "Mortin-ed" it and iced it to death. I had all kinds of plans for the month of May.
  • I wanted to get a couple races in to work on my speed.
  • I wanted to do at least a half marathon and possibly a marathon at the end of the month
  • I had plans to run with Danielle, and others.
  • When the sun comes out and the air warms up all I can think about is playing outside, therefore a lot of plans are interrupted the last couple days!
Riding my bike to coach the kids for Cross Country was NOT at all in the plans. One day last week we were in a subdivision doing hills. This truck came up along side of me and I hear "HEY, isn't that CHEATING!" as the driver points to my bike.

I hate riding my bike while the kids are running.

Being injured enough in the past makes you hypersensitive to being injured again. You never forget what the pain of injury feels like. It hurts physically, mentally and emotionally. Pain is a stronghold that has a lot of power to steer us.
The pain in my knee is my bad knee. This is the knee that I have had 2 ACL surgeries on and 1 meniscus scraped.
I want to play it smart but then I wonder "WHAT is THAT". Being "Smart" seems so relative.
What I think is smart some of you would think is the stupidest thing ever. I am sure I would get a dozen ideas on what the "Smart" thing to do it.

"Smart people learn from their mistakes, BRILLIANT people learn from others!"

I am not sure what category I fall in..Smart or Brilliant...They both make me laugh.

Today, I was "Planning" to run with Jama. She had scheduled 12 miles. I was hoping I could do 10 with her.
I changed that plan this morning. Last night I was struggling with leg cramps. My calves tightened up, creeping up on me. I was able to twist myself out of a full blown calf cramp but in the process my knee was aching.
I knocked off the 4 of the 10 miles I was planning to run with Jama the following morning.

I met Jama with a good attitude. I decided kicking and screaming was not an ideal look for me. I gave up on getting 10 miles in, while feeling peaceful about option 2: trying to run 6.

It just stinks when everything falls into place and the plan just isn't going to work. I would have loved to have ran 10-15 miles today. The sun was out, the air was warm, there was a breeze that was blowing the smell of lilacs in the air, it was perfect. Just not perfect for my knees.

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."   1 Thess. 5:18
I have so much to be thankful for. When all else fails an attitude of gratitude really puts things into perspective.
Life throws you a curve ball all the time. It might take a minute, it might even take a few tears and a little pity party. But you just have to be flexible, be grateful and rearrange your thoughts, plans and expectations to roll with the punches.
I am bummed about my knee. I have asked for prayers and now I just have to believe that God will heal me and direct me.

I was dog sitting this weekend mom and dogs Beabull. (beagle and bulldog mix)

Sheba our Boxer
Distance: 6
Pace: 9.00

Take a few minutes and think of something that didn't go your way. How did you deal with not getting what you want? Could you find something good in something bad? Were you willing to be flexible? Do you have an attitude of Gratitude?

Still seeking prayers for a healthy recovery for my knee. Please here my prayer and see my heart to run.



  1. You know RICE, you know the 3 "R's" for school, no here are 3 "P's" i have learned over the years working w/my patients: Patience - healing takes time and we all heal at different speeds. Peserverance - keep trying , what was hard yesterday can be easier today. And lastly, Prayers. You demonstrate all if these qualities very well:-) hang in there! Hugs and prayers for you! Xoxo

    1. I love this Danielle, I have never heard of the THREE R's for school or the 3 P's but I like the three P's.. What are the 3 R's??
      You have given me a great idea for a post!!

  2. Awww, sorry about your knee!! I have been out with injuries off and on since I started running and I barely run and it stinks! Hope you are feeling better! We have only 2 days left of school then we are out for the summer! So hot here in AZ already over 100, still running along! Carri~A Running bee

    1. Thanks Carrie, it is so frustrating. I am bummed because the weather is getting so nice and I just want to PLAY out in it!
      I am sorry to hear that you are also injured. I hope that u .i feel better.
      With the heat it makes it a little easier to be injured because it is so hot out. Maybe you can use this time t heal too. It is just a big bummer.