Good morning, everyone! I have my coffee beside me and some great news to share! If you follow me on facebook, then you saw it there first ;)
Three years ago, I was training to run my first 5k using the couch to 5k plan, and was loving every second that I ran. Until, one day I landed my foot wrong going down an incline on a gravol road. And fractured my hip! Needless to say, I did run the rest of the way home (which was only 2 min) and then colapsed in pain. The stress fracture was not visible via x-ray as the doctors figured it was right in the middle and some what hidden. They told me this is common. After various tests, my prognosis was given and with much dissapointment, was instructed not to run and that it could take up to a year to heal. The pain was almost unbearable, at first. And then with much rest and many months, it began to dissipate. However, my hip did become a human barometer and would ache badly when it was about to rain, over cast, or humid. It was excruciating to get out of bed in the mornings. And on many occasions, this reduced me to tears. I would take advil for inflammation.
A year and a half into this recovery, I was due for surgery for Endometriosis. Another set back.
Finally, after all of this, I was mentally and physically prepared to start running, again. And hear I am today.
So back to my good news! Last night, I was able to run an entire mile with out stopping to walk! It felt fantastic! I was in the zone, invigorated, and not breathless. Just a smooth, easy run. (Muscle memory, perhaps?)
So, I'm back on the running wagon. With a 5k goal in site, this September.
I hope this inspires you to never give up. Especially, if you are reading this in the midst of your own recovery. Or, even if you fell off the running wagon.
"Strength. A river cuts through a rock, not because of it's power, but it's persistence" -Jim Watkins
-The Restless Runner