On A Wing and a Prayer

I began running back in 2010, when my girlfriend Dawn encouraged me to join in on a 4-mile local run that she was participating in a month later. I hadn’t been much of a runner at the time, mainly because my husband discouraged me, always telling me that I’d ruin my knees. But when I had mentioned to him that Dawn asked me to join her for her training runs and as a bud to run this race with, he surprised me by telling me to “Go for it! These days, you can just get your knees replaced if you need to.”

What a vote of confidence.

What Dawn started was an avalanche for me. I ran a 36 minute 4-miler that race with little training. Of course, the year of P90X I already had behind me was a huge help. But I was instantly addicted. All I wanted to do after that day was run.

Fast forward a year and both Dawn and I and a handful of her neighborhood friends went out to do a 10K in Minneapolis at the end of April. A few weeks beforehand, I did something to my thigh. I was sure it was a P90X move that did it, but looking back now, it could very well be the same issue that plagued me the last few months. I was having issues putting weight on that leg. It always felt like it would just give out on me. So I was always supporting myself if I stood on that leg solely, like if I were changing my clothes. I ran the race, in a 54:11, but immediately knew that I would be out of the running until it completely healed.

I couldn’t even tell you what I did at that time to stay in shape. I don’t remember. I’m sure I kept up with my P90X workouts, and I probably did some biking or maybe even walking. But I do remember that I did NOT run for a full 6 weeks, at least, or until that same local 4-mile run came up that year.

I ran it 30 seconds faster than I did the previous year despite not running a step for a few months before the run.

Now, I look back at that event 3 years ago in hindsight, and know that deep in my heart, I will recover and return to the run.

I saw my PT yesterday, and after filling her in on the event that was Boston, and her telling me how proud she was, and that despite all of it, I finished, and that knowing it wasn’t my hip giving me the pain issues, but the new found injury, she was more than encouraging that this will heal itself in a few weeks and I’ll be back to the road in no time. This is, of course, hinging on my willingness not to rush it and not to run until that time.

I am willing. Because I know I am able.

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

The exercycle is holding it’s own and it will help me with my cardio until that point. And P90X will be my go to workout, as it has been for the last five years. I’m more confident than ever before that another marathon is in my grasp. And it will be Twin Cities, as I prepare to register right after I’m done with this blog post.

My PT agrees with my self diagnosis of Posterior Tibial Tendonitis (or tendinosis) and has given me exercises to get started on the healing path. The good news is that I can still walk on the leg, and the swelling is reducing, and it does show significant signs of improvement. I have discovered only one pair of shoes in my arsenal that I can wear all day with little discomfort, and that would be my Brooks Adrenaline 13’s. Thank goodness! So, with the exercises and the continued ice/heat applications, I’m optimistic that I will be able to begin a 12 week training program at the start of July.

My June 1st Half Marathon remains a giant question mark right now, but I’m not going to sweat it. There is no use. My focus is on healing, and getting that Zero Runner into my basement so I can get off this bike faster. I’ve also started my running coach business and will be opening it up to all of you within the next week or so. I’m excited to start this new chapter of my career and help others determined with reaching their running goals!

I can’t deny that reading social media updates from all my running friends and their races has made me despondent at times. It can be a downer. But by mentally focusing my attention toward each individual and their amazing achievements, and taking the attention off myself, it will keep me dead on course to getting healed and running in the near future. I’m no longer cautiously optimistic…I’m just downright optimistic.

Yep, on a wing and a prayer, I’ll be flying in no time!

On a wing and a prayer

On a wing and a prayer

What is the worst injury you ever had to come back from? How long did it take?


6 Responses to On A Wing and a Prayer

  1. Hang in there! My “worst” injury wasn’t my most painful, but my longest … it started as piriformis pain, made its way to IT band issues, then knee issues. Very, very diligent foam rolling keeps it at bay for now, but the recovery process was frustrating. Hang in there- it’ll be worth it!

  2. Margaret Jolin says:

    I am fight IT band, PCL, LCL and calf strain, and affected ankle stress. Slowly recovering having trouble following rest orders.

  3. So sorry! You are gonna have a major come back after this! Biggest injury for me was a fractured bone in my foot. Still trying to recover! Injuries are never fun but the come back most certainly can be!

  4. Hi, I just found your blog, but I like it very much… I am actually new to running, but when I was in my teens and twenties I used to do a lot of Martial Arts, and I remember being in an Aikido practice and landing badly on an arm. I had to wear a cast for three months. The very last days, I did Aikido Class using the cast, but I wanted badly to come back, and I did, that´s when I knew I was well again. Thanks for sharing.

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