If you are out there and see a woman struggling along wearing either of these shirts, as I haven't decided which one yet, shout out a little encouragement. I could probably use it.
I haven't run since August due to an aggravated C8/T1 nerve where the neck meets the spine that left me curled up in pain and whimpering. I have been in physical therapy since the beginning of September to deal with this and it's finally subsided to a point where I have been cleared to run and have gone out for "runs" (read: walks where I occasionally burst into a canter and then settle back into a walk).
The past few days I have waffled about doing this but it comes down to this: I'm scared. I'm scared of being hurt or injured again. I'm scared that I can't do this anymore and if I can't do this, then what do I do? I'm scared of so many things including being the last person across as they break down the finish line. Which is why I need to do this.
There will be no support crew for me. No Pi holding up a "Run for the cookie" sign at the finish for me. No husband filming me crossing the finish line (even though I always ask him NOT to film it, just snap photos because no woman wants to see herself jiggling like a bowl of jello). No running buddies or friends.
It's all so scary, but it's important that I do this. To face my fears and remind myself that, even if I walk the whole way, that I am capable of doing this and so much more.
Today is a day to "start strong, finish stronger" according to the Tufts 10k motto. I don't know about starting strong, but I know when I finish I will at least feel stronger.