A Long Overdue Post

Goodness!  I was due for a little break, but I certainly didn’t expect to take this long to do a post.  I have never taken such a long blogging hiatus, but I honestly needed it.  First of all, thank you for the lovely e-mails asking how things are going and when I would be back.  My apologies for disappearing for a bit.

My last post was about my WTF Injury.  Fortunately, my miracle worker massage therapist had me back up and running after taking care of my torn calf muscle.  Those first few runs after an injury always feel magical.

Unfortunately, a few days after I got back into my groove, everything came to a crashing halt.  Less than a half a mile into my run, I was cruising down a hill when I shuffled into a brick on the edge of the sidewalk and tripped.  I managed to brace myself and avoid falling but the bracing motion did something nasty to my glutes and my back.  I finished my five miles, albeit very slowly, and hobbled home to the shower.

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I took this selfie that night, not realizing just how badly I had injured myself.

As the night went on my glutes seized up and so did my back.  I couldn’t sleep.  I couldn’t move and I was a miserable mess.  I spent the next few days on the couch, barely able to shuffle around and at the urging of Rock, I called Howard and went back in.

The magician therapist was able to work out the knots and figured out that I had shifted my pelvis out of whack.  He was able to ease things back together but I continued to hobble around for another week.  Simply rolling over in bed at night was an excruciating ordeal.

We were due to drive home to Michigan two days later and I was quite nervous about making the trip.  Fortunately, the time spent in the car was helpful and when we arrived home, I was able to move around a bit better.

Our funny little 21 month old started mimicking the weird limp I was walking around with and everywhere we went people oohed and ahhed at her and asked if she was okay.  Sometimes I think she is too smart for her own good!

Since being home, I have gone back to work at the gym as both a Wellness Coach and a Personal Trainer.  This is also the busiest time of the running season and I am so happy to have so many awesome runners doing all sorts of great races this summer and fall.

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Somebody likes my work desk.

The busy time of my coaching season started just as Rock returned to NYC for three more weeks of coaching.  Needless to say, things got a bit hectic and exhausting between chasing a now 22 month old around and juggling my own work schedules.

Fortunately, I was able to start easing my way back into running.  Over the past few weeks I have progressed from doing 3 mile runs with walking breaks every half mile, to doing up to 8 miles at a time.  I am registered to do a half marathon at the beginning of July and I am really looking forward to that adventure.  It will be interesting now that I am 6 months pregnant.

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Rock is home now and summer is in full swing.  We have been asked my the local YMCA to run a summer Youth Sports Conditioning Camp and are excited to continuing with more coaching here.  The fun never stops!

I am finally getting into my groove with work, running, balancing time with Mary, and enjoying my pregnancy.  I will be back here much more often now and will have some updates on pregnancy and some fun from our road trip last month.

How is your summer going so far?

11 thoughts on “A Long Overdue Post

  1. Wow … quite an adventure so far! Hope that you stay healthy – especially down the stretch of your pregnancy … that adds loads of physical stress to your body as it it!

    My summer is a bit weird – we’re still fostering the kittens (will have them two weeks longer than planned due to overpopulation issues at the shelter), and that remains disruptive … and really haven’t settled into a comfortable overall routine with the boys home.

    And while I continue to run the same miles and amount of days … I can’t really remember the last time I felt like I could ‘run forever’ or ‘run like the wind’. Instead it is more of a grind – not a slog or struggle … just boring and uninspired. Was thinking about that this morning – not sure what is up.

    • I absolutely understand this feeling. I think running is cyclical, just like most of our other relationships. Sometimes we are more passionate about it than others. Other times we just plug away until we find that passion again. It is easy to fall into the trap of just logging miles and counting them down (I do it all the time). I think it is then that we have to find a way to dig into that passion again, whether that is a break or some other type of change. It will come back. It always does!

  2. I’ve missed you! I figured you were busy. I was delighted to get a comment from you yesterday, so I knew you were still around. Ugh, sorry to hear about your pain, but glad to hear that you’re better now. Summer is moving quite quickly. Right now I’m dogsitting two dogs, so there are three attention-seeking pooches while I’m working at home. Fortunately, they are content with being glued to me, so I don’t need to constantly pet them.

  3. So good to get an update from you! I’m glad that your pregnancy is going well, though you’ve had your work cut out for you (literally). Looks like you need to put Mary to work… child labor laws are just guidelines…

    • Thanks for the sweet words. I tend to gravitate towards work and it appears that I will be adding more to my plate soon. We shall see. Mary is a great helper, sometimes almost too much! 😉

  4. Wow, I could pretty much copy this article into my own site…minus the being pregnant! Same thing, been on a bit of a blogging break while still recouping from a similar back injury that forced me to DNS my marathon I had trained for so hard. Once I accepted that I didn’t much feel like writing either. My chiro and massage therapist were able to get my hips realigned but I had muscle spasms from just below my shoulder blade all the way through my hamstring! Finally it feels like I’m making significant progress and hope to be able run and ride again at the end of June, been a long frustrating process. Glad to hear you are recovering and refreshed…best of luck with the race in July!!

    • I’m so sorry you’ve been dealing with back issues too. They really are frustrating and all consuming. Everyone needs a break sometime. Nothing wrong with that. Inspiration will return soon and you’ll be back running and blogging for sure!

  5. No wonder you’ve taken a hiatus from blogging. You’ve had a lot going on. I’m sorry to hear about your injury but hopefully you’re doing a lot better now. Good luck at your half next month!

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