Fracture Follow-Up Take Two

Just a quick update to let you all know that I am running again. Not much and not far but it’s baby steps in the right direction.

It’s interesting to me how this injury has thrown me for a loop. When I fractured my sacrum it was quite severe and after 8 weeks off I was back on the roads, without even a blink of hesitation. There was no wondering if I was healed. I simply never felt that pain again. This time my “barely a fracture” tibia fracture took 9 weeks to heal. 9 very long weeks and with each step I am hesitating, wondering if the pain is going to come back. So maybe the bone is healed but mentally I’m not quite there yet.

My first run back was on the roads in my neighborhood. I was too worried to go far in case I had to stop and turn around. My second run though I ran on the soft trails near my house and was instantly reminded why I love the run so much. It was a Saturday morning and I was the only runner there.That was a first. Whole trail to myself. Like a mini-welcome back gift. Since it was such an easy run I brought my phone along to take pictures. A gorgeous morning.

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So what do I have planned? Absolutely nothing. It was difficult to give up my pacing position at the Harbor Lights Half Marathon but there were plenty of great runners willing to pace that group so it wasn’t fair to keep it and honestly I was paranoid I wouldn’t be fit enough at that point to pace properly. I have no races planned at all and I’ve actually told Coach Hadley I don’t want to write up a plan yet. 5 weeks ago I started back running only to have to take another break, so I want to make sure this is the real deal before we get started.

One thing I have begun is taking a better multivitamin and mineral supplement. EnduroPacks was kind enough to send me a 30 day trial set. After reading the positive post by my friend Tina Muir, I was intrigued. I’ll let you know what I think after my 30 day trial is finished. So far I am loving the daily liquid vitamin. Even though my bone scans and nutrition levels came back great from my test results, I’m still trying to cover all my bases to stay healthy in 2015.

That’s all I have for you all now. Since I don’t have much exciting running news to share, I’ll leave you with posts I loved. Here is a race recap written by my friend Marci Gage about her race in the elite field of the New York City Marathon. Look at how cool that picture of her with Kara Goucher is!! Here it is. Also big congrats to my friend Kellie for her new PR and 2nd place finish at the Virginia Running Festival Half. She wore our new Running, Etc. singlets and made it look so good! Here is her post.

Have a great week everyone!! Thank a Veteran for their service tomorrow!

Fracture Follow-Up

If I’ve learned anything since starting this little ole blog is that whatever I type I will have to retype later because it will change. There has been at least three marathons that I was planning on running and either didn’t or switched to a different race and that’s just the big events. So when I wrote that I was running the Wicked 10K race next weekend, I should have known better. What’s the saying about best laid plans?

Have you noticed what I’m not doing in the picture below? I’m not running; that’s what I’m not doing. An Elliptigo date with a good friend at the gorgeous oceanfront is wonderful but it’s not quite the same as running.

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As you can guess, my follow up appointment with my doctor did not go how I wanted. 95% of me thought I would walk out of there with a green light to run away as much as I wanted. Sadly that other 5% happened to win out. An x-ray showed my body needed more rest so I left the office with very strict instructions not to run again for three more weeks.

One of my best friends (a runner who gets it) said “Maybe you should just not run until January 1st because this has not been your year!” She made me laugh. And laugh is all I can do. There is no point in wallowing in frustration. Initially I was a bit blown away thinking my pain was not a big deal. Such denial. So the shock of another three weeks off got to me. I sent overly dramatic texts to my coach and best friends, which I now regret. Luckily by the time I got to chat with the Mr. I had a better perspective and was able to joke about the extra tv time I’ll now have. I know three weeks is not a big deal. If my worst problem right now is that I can’t run, then I’m a lucky girl.

So I’m leaving you with a meme my friend Ally shared on facebook. It may be my favorite meme of all time. Every injured runner can relate.
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Have a great week everyone and as always, thanks for your support. Run some miles for me. xoxo!