Yet another doctor’s appointment last week, and my ortho is starting to run out of ideas. After my doc spotted necrosis along the backside of my Achilles in an ultrasound, the latest suggestion is prolotherapy, the injection of an irritant (in this case a sugar solution) into the affected area.
One of the things I had to do at work today was come up with a word cloud, filled with words that describe an annual awards program my organization handles. The cloud will be the anchor of an upcoming marketing program. Not a hard task, once the research is done, but it got me to thinking.
A word cloud would identify the main themes of this blog. I mean, the real themes.
So I got to cutting and pasting all the entries I’ve posted, going back to September. The results were somewhat as expected, but I definitely have identified some words and phrases I use on a regular basis.
What is perhaps the most surprising to me is that the word “injuries” wasn’t one of the biggest words in the cloud, even though I see it as the dominating theme in my running life over the last three years.
Just goes to show that how we see ourselves isn’t always how others (in this case, a diagramming program) see us!
I was working on my running playlist the other day, adding a few and dropping a few from the fairly diverse list of songs. When I was done, I took a step back and looked at the list as a whole, rather than at the individual tunes, and came to one conclusion.
It’s a bizarre list.
Some of the songs are motivational, and some would seem to be anti-running songs. Some are super-upbeat, while the beat in the others isn’t blaring and in your face.
But that’s understandable, given that I only really use the music as a metronome to remind me to keep my turnover quick, which keeps me lighter on my feet.
If I could pick a music genre (assuming it hits my bpm requirement) to run to, it’d be rock. It’d probably be a mix of hard rock, punk and garage rock. I like the rawness and bravado behind it.
That said, I’ve go no issue with country or club music, either.
I don’t often advocate for people to run specific races. In fact, this will be the first one I actively encourage people to run, and it’s because I’m a military history buff. So, here’s the pitch….
If you will be anywhere near Seward, Nebraska on Saturday, June 11, consider running the Run to St. Lo Memorial 5K.
The run is a living memorial to the 43 Nebraska natives that died in the push to liberate the French town of St. Lo in July of 1944. They were members of the 134th Infantry Regiment, which suffered heavily during the attack. One in three soldiers were wounded or killed during the assault.
The race starts and finishes at the Nebraska National Guard Museum. Along the route, runners will see memorials to each soldier and have an opportunity to meet veterans and family members of the regiment.
Entry fee is $20. Pre-registered runners get a t-shirt. Race day entries are $25 (no t-shirts included).
We all have had them – the bumps in the road that leave us wondering what to do and where to go from here.
Those things – the injuries, the relapses, the periods where we lose focus and pay the price – shouldn’t define us. Not if we look ourselves in the mirror, re-evaluate, and do what it takes to overcome them.