I’ve got another week down! Yay! I’ve been dedicated to my training for 7 weeks now. Kind of makes me feel like a ‘real’ athlete. That could just be the post Olympics rush talking. I’m no elite athlete, but I’m doing great for what I’m training to do.
You know, I really appreciate all of your comments on my posts and my training posts. You all are the best and I appreciate your support and encouragement.
So many of you have commented that you think I am doing amazing and to consider how well I am doing. That there are many people who can’t do what I am doing. I am very aware of this, you see just a year ago, I couldn’t do what I am doing. It has been a long road of recovery for me and I am so thankful to be doing what I am. I am so thankful my body is allowing me to take this journey.
In November 2010, I pulled my hamstring. It must have been a fairly significant pulled muscle because even with physical therapy it still wasn’t fully healed in January of 2011. I started trying to get back to some simple exercise at that time. One of the things I tried was yoga. I love yoga and have practiced it for about 10 years now. It is nothing new to me. In early January, I was doing hip opening yoga and something didn’t feel right so I stopped. Fast forward through 2 months of awful pain and pretty much relying on my husband to do everything while I sat on the couch. I finally figured out what was wrong (by I, I mean Dr’s figured it out). I had torn cartilage in my hip. I found out I have hip dysplasia and never should have been doing that type of yoga (though I still do yoga, just not that type) The torn cartilage would require surgery. (You can read a more detailed version of this journey here)
Initially, it was supposed to be a simple surgery with a few weeks of physical therapy and I would be back on the road. Once they started the surgery, they realized they needed to do much more than anticipated. I ended up on crutches not allowed to put any weight on my left leg for 6 weeks. That was fun with 2 young kids. Months of therapy ensued and an emotional roller coaster like no other. What a ride injury and recovery is, I don’t really recommend it, but I and many others make it through it. Maybe that is something I can talk about another day. During the recovery process my physical therapy got cut off by the insurance company because initially, they said I hadn’t progressed enough and after my final appeal, they said I had progressed too much and could just be fine at home. That is a whole other topic. So, last year in August I think if I remember correctly, I was allowed to walk for 5 minutes on the treadmill.
Um, yeah, I am fully aware of what I am currently doing and still find it amazing to look back at a year ago. I don’t for one minute take this for granted. I also know that at any moment, life can change things for you.
On the one year anniversary of my surgery, I completed my first 10k. What a great moment of triumph that was! To say that I am hard working and persevere through adversity might possibly be an understatement! Watch out world, when I’ve got a goal in mind.
Anyway, I am getting long winded for my training update this week. It is just that I feel like I am getting to know some of you and thought you might like knowing my story.
So, here is this glorious week’s training:
The only other thing I can think of to report about this week’s training is that the weather has been a bit cooler here. It has been lovely for running! I see my times getting a little faster this week and it reminds me that I used to be a faster runner before the summer heat hit. It gives me hope that I may be able to finish this half in under two hours.
I hope you have a fantastic week. Thanks so much for stopping by to see how my training is going.
Happy running to you!