Detour Ahead (and to the left and the right…)

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Have you seen signs like these lately?

If you live near Watsontown, PA you sure have. I live in Watsontown and work in Lewisburg, PA. There are currently at least three detours from my home to work. I started out taking a slightly different route to work when the first one popped up. Then I re-configured when they closed that route and I had a couple of choices. Now PennDOT closed one of those options so I’m down to one.

If they close my last route I guess I can just call off work due to road construction.

As I was driving through this maze of detours to get home yesterday I realized my life has been a series of detours too lately.

This was me in 2011 – completing my first 5K run:

I remember making that last push to get to the finish line before forty minutes had passed. I was hurting, but I completed it and felt such a sense of accomplishment and strength.

Two years later I can barely take a walk due to the hip/tendinitis issue I’ve been struggling to heal, define and move forward from (not from this race or even, probably, from running.)

Most days I limp home and hang out on the couch. The gym, chores, and any hope forgotten due to the intense pain. Some days I manage a small walk with my dog or an excursion with my husband only to pay the price the next day with additional pain.

My days of becoming a runner and a svelte 40-something are long gone.

I’m persevering – I will get back to the gym. I WILL add strength to my body so I can, hopefully, have at least one day a week without pain. Wouldn’t that be great?

But it’s a long detour. I know I won’t run again (for which I am not that heartbroken), but I want to be strong. I want to go into my older years with strength in my body so that I CAN fight off potential joint, tendon, and bone issues.

I’m discouraged, but I move on, maneuvering through each detour as it comes.

As long as there is one way to my destination – I will find it.

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One thought on “Detour Ahead (and to the left and the right…)

  1. I've become increasingly interested in getting strong and increasing my flexibility over the past few years. I love the way I feel after yoga (graceful (this is so funny for ME), taller, more “bendy” and just solid at my core) and I've incorporated a little running into my routine… though lately it really hasn't been very “routine”.

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