We all tend to do this a lot - start planning for races before you are even ready to run. Circling those far off race dates in the calendar, in hopes that you will be on the starting line, or just day dreaming about the possibility of crossing off one of your bucket list races. Well, at least I do. I tend to do this all too often, especially when I am not running. The unknown of when I "will be training" seems to make the possibility of any race just a registration click away. My wife can tell you that, when I am hurt, my race options seems to double throughout the season - "Honey, I want to do this race, oh, and then we can do this race.". I guess the mind moves way faster than the body, but this seems to help with the mental aspect that I am not running. The hope that I will be back training again is the light at the end of the dark and torturous tunnel. And with the thought of races, comes the reality of training and getting stronger; running with your friends, and pushing each other to achieve a goal. Those are definitely not occurring when you are cross-training by yourself, or sitting around waiting for your injury to heal. Or thinking, "I'm not a competitive cross-training, why am I do this?". But the fact of the matter is, that you, or I, will be able to run again, and enjoy all the aspects that it entails. And know that these auxiliary workouts are going to get you healthy and running again.
As for me, I am still cross training with my trainer - Lawrence, twice a week. My massage therapist - Laura, is continuously making my muscles and tendons feel like rubber, and I have seen a Dry Needling guy/Doctor, named Nick Speegle who will stab me a few more times this week while sending electrodes through those wonderful metal needles. The goal of all of this is to heal my left achilles and test it out on Friday. My achilles has been bugging me since forever ago, and it has really flared up recently after the marathon last month. So I thought, it would be best to fully heal it and start off fresh this year. I still have plenty of time left (the rest of my life, I guess) to figure out what races I really want to do, and until then, I will focus on the important aspect of recovering and healing. Once that is accomplished, then I can break out the red marker and start circling all those races dates... or more importantly, all those sunday long run days with the Dukes Track Club.