TOL: Hills Make Us Stronger

Happy Thursday everyone! Today I am linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!


I think I am getting my blogging mojo back! I am starting to feel better and have some energy in me to write. I have to admit I have been a slacker on the picture taking front since last week. I wanted to do a Recent Eats post- but I got nothing! It shows how when your mind is somewhere else (ie- taking care of family) some things just go to the way side. Which is important! Hopefully I can get back to my energetic, picture taking, happy runner self soon, once this food poisoning has left me and my family for good!

On my long run on Saturday, I naturally was thinking about this illness that knocked my whole family for a loop. On Wednesday morning, life was great and by Thursday my life was turned upside down, having to be the care taker of my very ill parents and end up spending my night/weekend in the hospital with my dad. It had me start to think about how calmly I reacted to the whole situation and how I just made total adjustments to my life to be there for my family.

I am a SUPER rigid, planned, Type A girl, but this “wrench thrown in the plan” didn’t cause me to become anxious as I think I would have even just a few months ago. I of course was concerned about my family, but I just dealt with it, took charge and went with everything as it came to me. I started to think about how my tendinitis injury really changed me and actually helped me in some strange way. Before my injury, I think I was becoming super routined and overly rigid (I’m always going to be a planner- that’s my personality) and becoming very anxious when things got in the way of my “plan.” Once I had my running injury, I really didn’t know what to expect. The whole “long run Saturday” was gone, I had to be creative with planning fun workouts, and I had to take everything week by week. This “wrench in my plan” helped me become a little less rigid and not feel so anxious when things don’t go as planned.

I kind of think things happen for a reason and we are put in people’s lives for a reason. Well, I think that my tendinitis injury really helped me and helped me react and help my family during this difficult time. It’s okay to have a plan, but when things don’t go your way, you need to be okay with that too, accept, deal and move forward. Hence, my little saying that gets me up hills: “Hills Make Us Stronger,” it applies to running and life. These bumps in the road only make you learn, move forward and become a stronger person.


This “hill” in my summer is not going to get me down (I will be honest, yesterday I did not have this upbeat attitude)! It sucked, we learned, we got (are getting) over the hill and will move on.

Cheers to fun for the rest of this summer! I have so many fun plans coming up and I can’t wait to enjoy them! πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading my rambling forΒ Thinking Out Loud Thursday!


6 thoughts on “TOL: Hills Make Us Stronger

  1. You have a wonderful attitude.. I’m not really tpe A, but I am a planner & letting go of plans isn’t easy. But I also agree with you: things happen for a reason, although it’s hard to remember that while it’s happening.

  2. I am so type-A it is painful. It often causes a point of contention between my boyfriend and I because when my plans change I don’t typically react in a cool calm manner : ) I hope you and your family are doing well! Happy Thursday!

  3. Isn’t it amazing how even the bad thing that happen to us can have positive results? Even if we can’t see it at the time? I’m totally with you in believing that everything happens for a reason, and I think you have an awesome attitude πŸ™‚

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