Start and Restart

Over the last year, I’ve had to restart my running four times. It’s been very frustrating. I know everyone gets injured eventually. It’s just part of running. I skated by without injury for years and years and then it caught up to me, hamstring, rolling left ankle, and rolling my right ankle. I tried so hard to reframe and find the positive in restarting. Often, it was difficult to remain positive, especially, when you’re running better than ever and then you watch and feel all the gains you’ve made slip away.

I know many runners who have experienced injuries of all levels and never returned to running. Some picked up another sport and others just hit a wall in the area of physical fitness. There were days where I considered walking away (cause I sure as shit couldn’t run) and doing something else.

I thought maybe the universe was telling me it was time to switch to triathlons. I know, I know it’s like sacrilegious, but if I’m being totally honest that’s where I was at on some days.

How did I keep starting over? I told myself you started once and look what you achieved. You can start again. You’re not a quitter. You don’t quit during 100 milers and you’re not quitting now. I told myself it was the ultimate endurance event and I had to stay focused.

I also had a lot of support from family who reminded me I could get back to where I had been and reassured me that it would come back faster than gaining it in the first instance because the foundation was there.

This fourth time of restarting is for an amazing reason, being pregnant, but it’s still been difficult to come to terms with it and I’m sure part of that is the three other restarts and the future restart I know will happen.

Running as always is one of the best metaphors for life and teaches life lessons we often don’t learn the first go around or resist when presented in other areas. Restarting is another wonderful example of this.

I’ve restarted many times in my life, but my most epic restart was when I was 17. I had just overcome an addiction, returned to high school, recovered from a rape, and was raising my first son. This is a picture of me then. If you are needing some extra inspiration or just love stories of hope and determination, I’ve linked a short story published about my restart on Epoch Times. Here

4 thoughts on “Start and Restart

  1. Judge Jeffrey Noland November 2, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    So glad your back blogging!!! Always enjoy them!

    On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 11:32 AM, ultrarunningmom wrote:

    > Nicole Lowe posted: ” Over the last year, I’ve had to restart my running > four times. It’s been very frustrating. I know everyone gets injured > eventually. It’s just part of running. I skated by without injury for years > and years and then it caught up to me, hamstring, rolli” >

  2. thedancingrunner November 7, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    I was just about to ask you when your next race was!! Sorry you have been so injured. Hope you get back into your groove soon!! I always enjoy your posts 🙂

    • Nicole Lowe November 8, 2017 / 9:32 pm

      Thanks! I don’t know when my next race will be. I’m thinking next fall since it will take me that long to rebuild to ultradistance. When is your next race?

      • thedancingrunner November 8, 2017 / 10:11 pm

        I’ve got some speedy road stuff to round out the year then back to ultras and trail in 2018. After hitting all of the major distances this year – 50k 50 miles 100k (1st female overall) and 100 miles I think it’s nice to take it down a notch race wise 😉 Enjoy!!

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