My plan was to take 7-10 full days off from running after the Boston Marathon.

After 7 full days off, I tested my body on day 8 and 9.

I’m still not quite ready.

I still have some tenderness and soreness.

My body may take longer to heal than originally and tentatively planned.

As much as I don’t like it and as hard as it is for me, I know the extra recovery days will benefit me in the long run – no pun intended.

I’m listening to my body. I’m practicing discipline and restraint.

I’m getting smarter and wiser. I’m becoming more patient.

I’m learning and growing as a runner and human.

This is not something I would have done in the past.