“But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.” -Rocky

This is a tough one to write. Two days ago I had a bone scan and despite the fact that I do not have a degree in medicine, one glance at the scanning screen and there was no denying that something was clearly wrong. The right area of my sacrum was lit up bright like the sun while every other area of my body was dark (healthy). The technician looked at me and I looked at her and I breathed out a pathetic “I know.” A few hours later my doctor confirmed what I already knew…no running for 6-8 weeks. A tough pill to swallow for a girl who loves her run. A tough pill to swallow for a girl who had big dreams for May. A tough flipping pill to swallow.

Currently I am using crutches to keep the pressure off my lower back (location of the sacrum) My injury is on the right side. Every step with my right foot sends pain out of my back so the crutches have helped tremendously and hopefully will speed up the recovery. When I get lazy about using them, I pay for it a few minutes later. Hopefully the crutches thing will be short-lived. Maybe two weeks? After that I’ll be walking and I want to keep my right leg strong. It would be a nightmare to heal my back only to have more imbalances in my legs but the doctor assured me that this fear was unlikely. Our next move is to get a CT scan so that we can figure out if the spot is fractured or an inflammation so I’ll update you all once we know that. I am no longer cross training at all. It was doing more harm than good. Hopefully that will be temporary as well.

Monday was the only day I allowed myself to have a pity party. Currently the Mr. is deployed and when you are a Mom, the Mom job never stops. I love being a Submariners wife and mom to three but with an injury it’s overwhelming. I love running. It’s a part of me and to take that peaceful outlet away is hard. The pity-party was short lived though. I am not a princess ( no offense to my princess readers ) and the whole woe-is-me thing is immature and irritating. I had an amazing 2013, where I PRed in every distance. I haven’t had an injury in two years. My husband and kids are healthy. My running support system (family, coach, sponsors, & friends) are fantastic. I am grateful for those things. I will heal up from this and get back to work. Anything worth having is worth fighting for. That’s all there is to it.

Thank you all SO much for your support. I’ve gotten the best messages over the last 10 days and have really felt the love. It’s great to have friends that care so much and it’s great to have friends who tease me about my “booty break” 😉 and tell me to hurry up as I’m struggling with crutches, ha ha. Sometimes when life throws you punches, you can sulk for a quick minute, then you just have to smile while you fight hard to recover the situation. This girl is a fighter.

I really hope everyones training is going better than mine. I’m going to be vicariously living through all your runs the next 8 weeks!! Happy running!

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38 thoughts on ““But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.” -Rocky

  1. Hi Kris! So sorry to hear this. What a bummer. I can’t imagine dealing with this injury with your hubs gone with the three kiddos. I know running is an outlet to relieve stresses of the day and when you can’t do that, it makes things hard. I’m sending you warm thoughts and sincerely hope this 6-8 weeks will do the trick. You’re a rockstar- soak up all of your accomplishments from 2013 and TRY to enjoy the downtime. I’ll be thinking of you!

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  2. I suffered a huge running injury almost 2 years ago that required major (hip) surgery. I did the crutches thing for what seemed like forever and had many a pity party. The point is that now after all of it and going through what seemed like an impossible injury at the time, I am back to running full force. YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS.

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  3. Sending all kinds of healing prayers and thoughts your way. I would hope I could keep a positive outlook and see it as a blessing and a chance to repair and become a stronger runner but I know if would be extremely hard so I am so pulling for you!!!!!

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  4. Your pity party is completely understandable!!!! But I also love how you are able to see your blessings and how fortunate you are! You WILL come back and be strong….this really stinks but you can do it! I always think too that if there is something in my life that I don’t like but cannot change then it never helps to let that consume me. Get well soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Aw, darn–really sorry to read this! I am just coming off an injury after a 7-week layoff, after a two-plus year streak of no injuries. It stunk, but let me say that I kept a really positive outlook on it this time and it made all the difference compared to past injuries. I know that’s easier said than done, but give it a go. Hoping for the speediest recovery possible for you!

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  6. OH NO!!! I didn’t know you were injured. So awful, but you will bounce back (poor choice of words – but you will!) and be better than ever. Consider it a rock star break…thinking of you and loving your positive attitude!

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  7. From someone going through it (also NOT prone to being a princess or having pity-parties), it’s ok to let yourself be sad once and awhile, and mad once and awhile. It never lasts long for me, but it does suck, and it’s ok to let yourself be upset about the suckiness. I have struggled with sleeping and have had headaches and had to way scale back my calories, all of which also sucks. But in the name of healing and getting healthy, it’s worth it. I am not able to do any cardio cross training with the cast on so I am mostly just resting, although I am going to have a killer core and upper body thanks to this because I have been doing lots of core and strength. You are tough and you are fast and I know you will come back from this. As people have told me, it is (unfortunately) a part of sports. hang in there – and if you need someone to vent to, you know where to find me!!

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  8. Kris, I would consider getting an MRI as opposed to a ct scan. Ct scans exposed the body to a very high dose of radiation (equivalent to several hundred X-rays) and only should be ordered in instances where surgery is being considered and an MRI is not applicable.

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  9. You said it, girl. You ARE a fighter. If I know one thing about you, it’s that this will only make you stronger. The remainder of 2014 better watch out—you’ll be ready to dominate with these few weeks of rest. xoxo

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  10. So sorry Kris :(. I hate to read posts like this. Honestly, if it were me, I would have given myself a huge pity party. I know you’re a mom and you have to be strong and also have raising a family to do and other things, but it is totally okay to be sad, angry, and to express that. Running is a huge part of your life… especially your life… and to be without it for 6-8 weeks is the pits. I am totally confident you will listen to your body, heal, and come back though. You definitely have your head on your shoulders right, unlike a lot of running bloggers I have read that get hurt, and you’re mature enough to know when to rest, take it easy, and of course, listen to the docs. *hugs*

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  11. I’m so sorry, Kris. I know how awful it is to be sidelined with such an injury (had a 12-week layoff due to pelvic stress fractures with 2 young kids and a husband that travels overseas for weeks at a time). So glad you have a good support system in place – especially with being essentially a single parent for quite a bit. Hoping you can find a good outlet to help get through the layoff with as little stress as possible. And you have an amazing attitude about it and that will really help you get through it. Plus when you return to running, every run will be all the more sweeter for the struggle. Hang tough – you are DEFINITELY a fighter.

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  12. Oh Kris, I am so so sorry :/ I truly cannot imagine what it must be like for you right now – especially given the fact that you are single parenting. I hope the next 6-8 weeks go by quickly and smoothly for you and your family. Stay positive and know that I am thinking and praying for you.

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  13. My heart breaks for you Kris 😥 but that being said I know as a mother of three and one determined speedy chica you’ll be back with a vengeance. I know this 100%!!! Be smart about your recovery which I know you will and hoping nothing but the best for one of my favorite running super heroes. Love that you can reflect on the awesome 2013 that you were able to have way to turn lemons into lemonade. Get well soon!!!

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  14. Ugh. I HATE hearing about a runner with an injury! I have so much empathy. You have a great attitude though and I wish you a speedy recovery. Also wish you the best in hobbling around after those kiddos! 🙂

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  15. Sucky news, but you have a great attitude which I’m sure will pay off in spades come recovery/PT time. Hope you heal quickly and come back stronger than ever!

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  16. Ugh, so, so sorry to hear this. I was diagnosed with a stress fracture at the beginning of the year so I absolutely know what you’re going through. It sucks — way to keep your chin up. Best wishes for healing quickly & getting strong again!!!

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  17. Kris, I realize this is frustrating but it’s a temporary set back. This will make you stronger for what will follow after the 6 weeks. The timing of this could be worse, a lot worse..
    You’re an inspiration to many, stay strong!

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    • You are so right Maryclare, the timing could have been much worse. It’s still early in the year and I should have plenty of time to recover and get my base back up for many of the races I still want to run.

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  18. Sorry to hear the bad news. I think you are allowed one pity party per injury 🙂 heck, I think you probably get a pity party for your husband’s deployment, too! That is indeed a tough situation: but you’re pretty tough yourself.
    I spent all of 2013 and some of 2012 and 2014 injured, all with a fracture that wasn’t treated correctly. I feel your pain. But honestly, after all that, and after a painfully slow “comeback” (three months to get back to somewhat normal running volume), I’m finally seeing the speed and fitness return. And you are much fitter than I am and won’t be out for as long, so you’ll certainly bounce back faster.
    Take care of yourself and try to enjoy a little down time!

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  19. Kris, First off I’m so sorry you are having to deal with this right now. I actually had a sacral stress fracture in the spring of 2011. I’ll share with you briefly my experience with this injury but obviously every case is different. For me, I noticed my lower back/ top of my pelvic bone was off and there was pain with every step- especially when I leaned to my right side. I had an MRI which was very conclusive and I knew by that evening exactly what I was dealing with. I found out the week before I was supposed to run the Boston Marathon (was going to be my first time) so I was obviously very depressed and frustrated. I know people always say this but going through trials like this really does make you stronger. At the time it was awful but now I know it made me such a better runner. I will also let you know I was running again by that summer and started marathon training that fall. ALL of my fastest running times have been AFTER my sacral stress fracture. This will not keep you down! I’m sorry 2014 has not started the way you planned but I have no doubt you will come back stronger and faster.

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  20. I’ve been following your Twitter posts but just now found your blog. I was so impressed by your running accomplishments, but I had no idea until reading this that you had three kids and had to take care of them solo while your husband is deployed. You’re truly amazing.

    I am so sorry to hear about the injury–and you deserve a longer grieving period if you’d like it–but hey, if you don’t have to, why spend excessive time being sad about it? (Some of us just can’t help it occasionally.) And kids are great for providing perspective and really generally (at least at my kids’ ages) being like, “Enough about you, let’s talk about me!”

    I just wanted to let you know that even though you are going through a tough time, you are an inspiration to many, even–especially–when things aren’t going well. Keep up the great work and the rewards will come.

    Best wishes with all of it!

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  21. So, so sorry to hear this. It’s hard to know what to say, I just hope that you heal quickly and this down time passes before you know it. I know you will be hitting the roads again before you know it with an even stronger passion that will bring you more great things in 2014.

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  22. Kris, I hate to hear this. These kinds of setbacks can be so frustrating but you quite obviously have a much more positive outlook than most people would. You have plenty of time to recover and get back to your training. Even though it will be hard look at this as a break that will only make you stronger when you do start back up. If it is any consolation you are a huge inspiration and after following you for a while I bit the bullet and got a coach. I looked around for quite a while and finally decided to bring go with Coach Hadley. I hope you recover quickly and that these next few weeks aren’t too hard.

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  23. I have checked your blog a few times to see if you’ve updated. I’m incredibly sorry, but know you have a strong support system (even of invisible internet friends. ha!) around you, and we are all cheering you to a strong recovery! You got this, kris!

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