Monday, December 12, 2011


No, I don't have a cold, I am blowing the dust off of my blog.  It's been far too long since I've visited you, dear blog, so sorry. I have been updating via FaceBook, the new kid in town.

I've received numerous email and messages from my dear blog readers, and I thank you for each and every one!  I began this blog 8 years ago as a tool to share with others the awesome fact I had uncovered:  Yes, you CAN run if you WANT to!  Yes, you can run a marathon, a 100 miles, a 5K IF you want to!  It was news to me, really! I wanted to spread the word.

Well, with all of the recovery going on this past year I didn't have all that much running going on in my life and didn't want to bore with the other details of my life.

I can not believe how this year took me right off of the trail. Wow. The hysterectomy wasn't so bad as I made the choice to have the surgery and would do so again in a minute. It was a good decision. I was able to plan for my recovery, knowing full well that I was going to lay low for 6 weeks and would slowly ramp my running back up over time. I entered the Team Ortho series and that kept me on track.

I'm very happy that I was able to run a few halfs, marathons, 50Ks and even tried my first few tri's. Awesome!

Then the dreaded occured. The herniated discs. Ugh. The unknown recovery, pain and turmoil that took place within me was something I have never experienced before.  The numerous Dr's, quacks, chiros, PTs are too numerous to count.. but I am now on the other side.  Thankfully.

As I look upon this past year it is with mixed emotions. I feel pain and sadness but I also feel gratitude and joy. Gratitude and Joy win!

On the bright side, I am not dying from an illness, I am otherwise healthy. My discs are healing!  Last Sunday I caught a glimpse of my former self. I ran 10 miles with Dear Topaz, I lifted weights, working shoulders for 45 minutes AND I headed off to CorePower Yoga and was able to complete the full 90 minute heated beginner class. JOY.  I drove home with tears rolling down my cheeks and a smile upon my face, telling Steve and Troy all about it. Gratitude.

I am slowly building my running miles. Today is the 4th day in a row that I have been able to run. Small victories!  I'm stringing together the good days just as when I first began to run 12 years ago. I'm thankful for each day.

Of course I'm disappointed that I won't be pulling a sled for Tuscobia 75 this next weekend but I am planning out my 2012 season. I mailed off an entry for a race in January. I am taking the calendar out and making my list.  I've missed the planning, the anticipation and oh how I have missed the training. Training. What a sweet word. It brings such great memories, feelings of strength, power, agony. Love Training.

Yesterday I suffered my first BONK in ages. While I've been recovering I've cut my calories so I wouldn't have weight to lose on top of everything else. Yesterday was a big huge reminder as to how important nutrition is. As if I didn't know this. My body isn't the same as it was before this past year. I can no longer run 20  miles on water. Nor can I run 20 miles (soon!). My body needs to learn to use fat again for energy.  I had a cup of coffee and headed out, knowing I was going to run 11 miles. I made it 6 miles before that carb crash feeling reared its ugly head. I was stunned. Seriously? 6 miles. Yes, 6 miles, this is an untrained body, remember, give yourself a break was the talk going through my head.  OK, I brought along 1 gel and was bummed that it was a Montana Huckleberry and not an Espresso. I didn't look, I just grabbed it from the glove box where a full box has resided for the past 6 months. I was lucky I had the 1.  I was still bonky but at least my legs were doing their thing, even if my brain wasn't. I suppose I used most of my glucose for my brain in my legs. Oops.

Today Topaz and I headed out for another long (in this world of mine) run. Today I had berries and cream, coffee prior to running. I carried water and Vespa with a few gels. I was good to my body and it rewarded me with a great run. Nice.

I'm getting better..and I'm liking this. Training. Training!


Olga said...

Don't ever give up. It's all you. Noone else.

Julie B said...

You are right Olga. Right on!

Middle-aged runner said...

Just found your blog. I suffered from a herniated disc about 3 years ago (lower vertebrae, pain! and numbness in my left leg).

I went to the doctor. In the U.K., in my experience, they tend not to over-medicate. He said: give it 6 weeks. It will either get better, or it won't. Then we'll try something else. No running.

He was right. The pain eased, gradually (and I was taking anti-inflamatories and codeine). Now, I'm fully back. I still get twinges, but no pain.

Bottom line: be careful. You don't want to re-injure your discs. If you start to feel any symptoms, dial your excercise back, quick. Also, be aware that there's two elements to this: the ruptured disc, and the consequent inflamation. The inflamation can cause pressure on the nerve, and nflame the injury - this is what put pressure on the nerve and this is what causes the (referred) pain and numbness.