April 18, 2015

Swift Seas

ship sweater
ship sweater
leopard print rain boots
Sweater, Old Navy | Button down, Target | Skirt, H&M | Boots, China

In the past week, I've gotten x-rays, received ultrasound treatments, and sat in the back of a police car. 

I think it's time for episode three of my soap opera life.

Contrary to appearance, all of these irregular occurences are related: all of them involve my ongoing efforts to tackle a marathon. The x-rays were to check for stress fractures in my foot, the ultrasound treatments were to encourage healing in my foot, and the campus police car ride was to promptly obtain the x-rays at a nearby university's medical center. 

After a few weeks of rehab, the tenderness in my foot had yet so subside, so the athletic trainers suggested x-rays. Luckily, they photos came back fine--there was no sign of a fracture. The doctor requested an MRI, but told me I could run as much as my foot could tolerate in the meantime. 

So, today I ran 20 miles. The long run wasn't the smartest idea--it was actually quite reckless, given my foot pain and low mileage the past few weeks. But I promised myself that if my body adamantly said no, I would stop. My toes tingled in the first quarter of the run, but then odd sensations became less noticeable. So I kept going.

There were several times I wanted to surrender to thirst and heavy legs, but I was so grateful that my body was working that I pushed on. For three hours and nineteen minutes, I ran. 

I have yet to understand what my foot is doing--it's still tender upon compression and often tingles with impact--but despite this obstacle, I'm back on training schedule. 

Regardless of what happens, I'm ecstatic that just working towards this goal has led me to run the farthest I ever have today. 

With my scrumptious Chinese food today, I received this fortune. I find it both relevant to my life now and this oufit:

You can't change the wind but you can adjust the sails.

I can't change God's plan, so I will embrace it and adapt accordingly.

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  1. I stand in awe! Twenty miles on a foot that was injured a week ago is pretty astounding. You are so dedicated to your aims and training. I do hope the foot stays well! It is fortunate the Police were there to help you (Why were they there just out of interest?), you were very lucky!

    What a sweet sweater and shirt. I just love anything to do with the sea and boats.I have a sweet boat sweater but it is not as nice as this!

    Right, I'm actually on my computer for once, as I've been applying for a School Music Award so I will try and find this html link.

    Kezzie AG


  2. Hello, Kezzie! I really appreciate your encouragement. The campus police actually offer transportation to the medical center if you don't have access to a car, so I simply gave them a call. It was much more convenient than taking the bus and walking!

    Best of luck with the award application! Thanks so much for that link :)

    Have the most wonderful of weeks!

  3. Wow--you are really working toward this goal with all your might! I cannot imagine running that far, and it's no goal of mine, but you should be proud of working toward this goal in a healthy way.

  4. Александра ЗахароваApril 20, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    What you said is so true, for those ones who believes in destiny and God it's a very good advice:) If we can't change the situation, we should adapt accordingly it.
    Besides, I'm sorry to hear about your problems with health, but when I have any I'm always saying to myself that it could be even worse. If you can run 20 miles, it's still not so bad:)
    I also like the way you look there:) That sweater with a ship in the front is so chic and original, I do love it:)
    Have a nice day ahead and take a good care of yourself!

  5. What a gorgeous little jumper! I love boats ^.^
    That is a brilliant quote too! It's quite stoic but proactive and inspiring :)
    I hope your foot heals fast ^.^ 20 miles is a pretty great achievement! I've only just started up running and I'm lucky if I can make it to tesco's down the road without stopping to a walk >.< Still... Rome wasn't built in a day :P Your blog is lovely!

    Sarah xxo | thesaltyseablog.blogspot.co.uk

  6. Cute nautical-type outfit along with the leopard print rain booties. Very cute (and a bit whimsical) outfit! I admire your creativity here.


  7. Remember that goal I had about running the Boston Marathon? Well, I'm ashamed to say that schoolwork has forced me to give up on that. Which makes me even more impressed with your persistence (and on an injured foot!) I hope nothing serious comes up in the MRI.

    (Also, insanely cute boots. J Crew has a version just like them, but probably for 2x the price of yours)

    Another Beautiful Thing

  8. Your fortune is one of my favorites! I too have been trying to remind myself of this lately! Your blog is super cute :)

  9. Holy crap Lily! 20 miles!?
    I'm ashamed of my meager workouts...haha!
    And on an injured foot? Yikes - take care of yourself girl.
    You certainly know how to open a post though...haha, I read the first sentence and went "Whoa, whoa, WHAT??" Good one :)
    What a perfectly fitting fortune too. It's one we can apply to all of our lives!

    Oh, and your leopard print boots? CUTEST THINGS EVER. Especially when paired with a little sailboat sweater <3

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  10. Hello, Alexandra! In my interpretation, the fortune is less about destiny and more about responding to what life throws at us--we can't change what happened, but we can change what we do. I do agree though that God's plan is more or less the concept of destiny, and one of the more comforting aspects of faith to me. Thanks for your insight and encouragement :) Wishing the same to you!

  11. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah! Yes, I actually started out with just a mile 6 years ago. I used to hate running, believe it or not. Wishing you the best :)

  12. Right, I was wondering how that had turned out! There's definitely no need to be ashamed--I admire you for prioritizing. I definitely prefer focusing on a few things instead of spreading myself thin. Wishing you the best as the end of the school year approaches!

  13. Aw, no worries Linda! I started small and built up--this season and from when I first started running. In the off season I'm definitely just doing normal workouts to stay in shape rather than testing my physical and mental limits. Wishing you the best the last few weeks of school! I've been keeping up on my reading and will drop a note as soon as possible :)

  14. Oh wow I can't believe you ran so far on an injured foot - wow well done!

    When I had my knee injury and needs an MRI and ultrasounds I could barely walk and had to take many days off of work as it was so difficult to get out of bed - good on you for still running despite the pain!

    Also, your yellow skirt is cute :)

    Away From The Blue

  15. oh hello, Lily! I feel bad I didn't visit earlier... but at least now I'm here and wow, what a post! 3 hours and 19 minutes?! that's just crazy! I myself am not a fan of running but I enjoy power walks when I can and also bike riding because I'm aware of the fact how important it is to move yourself. especially when I have to sit behind the computer from 8AM till 5PM every single day at work.
    anyway, I'm glad you got to do it like you wanted to because succeeding in tough challenges is a wonderful feeling. and Lily, that fortune cookie saying and your outfit were meant to go together! a really cool coincidence! and the outfit itself is very lovely. girly, colourful, full of happy vibes. oh and those rain boots are super adorable!!
    I hope you're going to have an amazing weekend filled with relaxation and succeeding in fulfilling more goals! and of course don't push your foot too much!

    Maiken - Part of me

  16. Absolutely no worries, Maiken! Always happy to see you drop by, regardless of when. Thank you for your kind words! I agree that power walks and biking are great too--I actually bike half of my workouts to cross train. Can't wait to see what's new with you!

  17. Oh, man! I'm so sorry to hear that--knee injuries really are the worst. One actually stopped me from running a marathon in the fall. Hoping you've recovered fully now!

  18. Thanks! I occasionally aggravate it again and need more physio but I know the things to avoid now to not put too much strain on it which is good :)


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