Life is good!

It’s been a few days… 😉

Let’s catch up!

I had my MRI done on the 18th (of August). I am a bit claustrophobic, so I was super nervous and freaked out going in for the appointment. All the worrying I did, was all for nothing. The top half of my body was out of the machine, and while it was loud, it was not anything to be too concerned with.

I was given headphones, and was surprised that the musical selection was actually pretty good (Ray LaMontagne for the win!). The whole MRI process took about twenty minutes, and I can honestly say, at one point I got bored.

The next day I went in for the results.

Four weeks no running. Once again, not at all what I was expecting to hear.

But, I figured I had two choices. 1) I could make the most of my time off (from running), or 2) I could let it ruin my life. A bit dramatic? Perhaps.

So…

When life gives you lemons, you buy really expensive lemonade.

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The doctor prescribed lots of biking and swimming. Is it just me, or does it feel like he is forcing me to add triathlete to my resume?! 😛

I figure now is as good a time as any. So I upgraded my mountain bike to a beautiful new set of wheels. Hello Red!

I was a bit rusty getting back on the bike- no lie, it has been years- but… Now that I have learned I am not invincible and injury can happen no matter how careful (or slow) I run, I am putting cross-training higher up on my to-do list.

I even went out and got myself some fancy pedals and clip-in cleats, and a trainer to practice at home. Um hello! That’s not an easy thing to do!

The “practicing” has (and will continue) to help build up my confidence on the bike- which is something I greatly lack. Without it, I don’t think I would have been quite as successful as I was with my FIRST EVER 20 mile ride this weekend! Woot! Woot! Talk about excitement!

Christine and Shanny (from the Fit2Run training group) met up with me early this morning at the Suncoast trail, and we had such a blast.

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Oh, and not to pat myself on the back or anything, but… I DID NOT FALL!!! Nope, not even once!

In addition to all of these grand cycling adventures, I bit my lip and (re)joined LA Fitness. This is the only chain of gyms in the area that touts indoor swimming pools among their list of amenities.

In the past, I have not been a fan of LA Fitness. I always found them to be way too crowded. I decided to join the location on the opposite side of town, and have been very pleased. Granted, I have only been going for a couple weeks. It has felt pretty darn good being back in the pool. It makes me feel like a kid back on the rec swim team again. 🙂

My followup with the Ortho is scheduled for Friday this week. I’m nervous and excited. I hope I get cleared to start running again, but regardless of what happens, I will keep my head up and my wings out. #volée

 

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A little Motivation Monday for when you are lacking motivation

We are going to go ahead and call this a “special” Motivation Monday post.

I’m not so much lacking motivation (as the title would lead you to believe), as I am just feeling a bit down and out.

I haven’t shared on here, but I have been dealing with some pain in my leg for about the last month or so. It’s not a “pain” that hurts- it’s more of a dull throb or soreness. I’ve been running through it because it doesn’t really hurt. Nonetheless, it is not getting better.

I had an x-ray done. It showed nothing. But still, not getting better.

On Friday I went to the Ortho. I wasn’t expecting much- maybe a stretch or two to do. So… you can understand why my head started to spin when he said I need to stop running because I’m one step away from a stress fracture, and if I continue to run and it gets worse, I am looking at a boot for three months.

How can this be? I run so much slower than I know I am capable of. I take care of myself. I pay attention to my form. What is happening?

There hasn’t been a definite diagnosis. I have an MRI scheduled for Thursday and a followup with the doctor on Friday. I’m hoping for the best!

With all that being said, I have been feeling a bit down and out since Friday. And, I know there are so many more people out there with far greater concerns. I’m trying to be mindful of that, and to stay positive. But, to be honest I’m struggling with it.

So, on this Motivation Monday, I share with you a little something direct from my mom…

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And, mark my words… I WILL be running RNR Vegas…

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Motivation Monday

Happy Monday!

Now let’s start this week off right…

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Happy running!

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