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My first run since surgery

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Having my appendix out has been challenging in a lot of ways. As I mentioned in my last blog post, because my appendix was "oozing" it had to be treated as a rupture, so laproscopic surgery was not an option. I was opened up and had a drain for 4 days. I've had to completely change my routine. This experience has been incredibly humbling.

My surgery was on December 21st. All I've been able to do is walk. No strength training. No running. No core exercises of any kind. My surgeon was very clear; I have to allow my body to heal completely or I run the risk of developing abdominal hernias later on. I've been so worried about gaining since my main calorie burner during the week has been running. I've really cracked down on my nutrition and have been feeling awesome. I'm down a few pounds even! All of the walking has really given my joints a break from the running and I feel good.

Last Friday was the 4-week mark, and the day I could officially try running. To say I was scared was an understatement! I walked at a good clip for about 10 minutes and then decided to do some 60 second running intervals. It didn't hurt, but my incision pulled a bit. I was so excited to just be able to RUN! I was so careful not to overdo it. That's when I decided that this week I'd try to run for longer stretches, but be sure to wear some good, supportive running gear.

Monday I didn't get to the Y like I'd planned, so yesterday was the day. I wore my CW-X tights with AMAZING core support. After walking for 5 minutes to warm up, I was OFF! I jogged at 5.8 MPH for 1 mile, took a walk break, and then did it again! Another walk break, and then another 1/2 mile of running. I was surprised by how easily I got winded, but that's to be expected after a month off!

All things considered, I feel pretty good today emoticon

I can't even explain how happy I am to be RUNNING again! emoticon emoticon

I am registered for the Get Lucky 7K in March. At a little over 4 miles, it will be a great distance to ease back into racing with! I'm confident I'll be ready to go, my only goal will be to run the whole thing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thank you to all of my spark buddies that have given me encouragement during this difficult time! You've all helped me to keep a positive attitude!

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ORCHIDLADY56 1/27/2013 8:39AM

    Congratulations! Glad you are on the mend!

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SIMPLY4DHEART 1/26/2013 12:42AM

    Awesome job! What an amazing recovery you are making. What a proud moment that must have been to get back to your running and firness routine, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    She's baaaacccckkkk!! LOL. I'm so happy for you!

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FITFOODIE806 1/23/2013 1:24PM

    YEAH!!! This makes me so happy. And incredibly impressed with your will power during the month off. And such dedication to get right back to running. That says a lot about your commitment. I'm sure each run will get better and better!

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KJDOESLIFE 1/23/2013 12:30PM

    Yay! Glad your run went well.

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MISSCOFFEY 1/23/2013 11:43AM

    Hooray for progress!!! Well done, my friend. Keep it up!

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WINDSURFNERD 1/23/2013 11:01AM

    emoticon back! It sounds like you are being prudent with your restart program and not pushing too hard, so I'm sure you will regain your fitness quickly! Enjoy your training and best of luck on your race! emoticon

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Celebrating Christmas with surgery?

Monday, December 31, 2012

Having my appendix out over Christmas was not in my plans. After a very painful couple of days being completely miserable and unable to keep anything down, I finally went in to urgent care. It didn't take long at all to determine that my appendix needed to come out and off to the OR I went. Unfortunately it was nearly ruptured (the surgeon told me it was "oozing" and one of the worst she'd seen) I had to be completely opened up; they had to wash me out and couldn't perform the surgery laparoscopically. I spent 3 days in the hospital healing before being discharged on Christmas Eve (my birthday). I missed out on all of the family Christmas celebrations since long car rides were intolerable. My spirits were low, but I was so happy to be out of the hospital.

Recovery is coming along. I've been hurting and frustrated with my body's limits. I know that I'll be back to my active self in no time, but being limited to walking ONLY, and being unable to lift more than 15 pounds has been tough. My focus for the new year is to get healthy. I have about 4 weeks before I can return to my normal fitness routine, but in the mean time I'm going to do what I CAN. Every day gets a little easier and I know I'll be running again before I know it. As of right now I don't have a race until April and by then I should be good to go! Thank you to those of you who have wished me well!


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CKAYT56 1/19/2013 6:49PM

    Oh man, just saw this blog. You will be back running soon. I had knee surgery a year ago and came back....and I just had foot surgery last week and I am sitting around again this year waiting to get going again. The knee doctor last year told me I needed to give up running....so I have listened.

Take care of yourself, do not do too much too soon. April we will see you running again.

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MISSCOFFEY 1/3/2013 4:22PM

    I hope you heal quickly!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/31/2012 2:05PM

    I hope you have a speedy uncomplicated recovery!!

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LIFE-FAITH 12/31/2012 11:51AM

    emoticon Take care of you one day at a time.

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3G1RLS4ME 12/31/2012 10:58AM

    Wow that's scary glad your ok know, it's kinda like when I tore two muscles in my thigh just by kneeling over in the bathtub 3 days b4 Xmas I know 2013 will be a better year for us all.

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Back to my first shoes

Monday, November 26, 2012

When I first started running, I ran in Saucony running shoes. I was 100 pounds heavier then, and they seemed to wear out quickly so I switched to Asics. I've LOVED my Asics for the last 2 years, but as the style I love keeps climbing in price I've had a harder and harder time spending the money on them. I know it's a necessity and SO MUCH cheaper to have good shoes than it is to go through Physical Therapy. Just out of curiosity I wanted to re-try some Sauconys.

The ProGrid Guides were the very first running shoes I bought on this weight loss journey, and that's what I've gone back to. I'm SO EXCITED to go for a run today and try them out!

I love how cocky they look! I figure "If you can't beat 'em, BLIND 'em!"

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NUOVAELLE 12/3/2012 1:37AM

    Even though I'm an Asics fan too, those shoes look great! I hope you've been enjoying them.
And I'm sure you can both beat 'em and blind 'em!!

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CBEVNOW 11/27/2012 5:02PM

    You are so right Good shoes are so important, wheather Walking , or Running. The best to you. I also love bright colors. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/26/2012 9:54AM

    I insist on having good shoes. They are a necessity.

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FATBASTICH 11/26/2012 9:36AM

    Saucony are good shoes. Enjoy them!

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FITFOODIE806 11/26/2012 8:03AM

    Have fun! New shoes are the best. Especially such awesome looking ones!!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 11/26/2012 7:17AM

    You are going to ROCK your run!

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I want this shirt!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Team Ortho Foundation which is the organization that puts on a lot of the races I run, has a new shirt that I absolutely love!

I think I just might have to bite the bullet and buy it. It also comes in blue and red. It's the PERFECT running shirt!

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ONMYMEDS 11/26/2012 11:02AM

    That's funny!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/11/2012 11:12AM

    I love it too!!!! (Your doctor, and mine, said, "Yes.!" LOL.)

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EMMANYC 10/11/2012 9:00AM

    Ooh, I want one. Where can you buy it?

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LIFE-FAITH 10/11/2012 8:24AM

    emoticon Love it!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 10/11/2012 7:54AM

    One of my favs, as well!

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FITFOODIE806 10/11/2012 7:36AM

    I saw that on their FB page. Love it!

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CAT609 10/11/2012 7:02AM

    I love it!

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Tiger 5000 5K Race

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I am so proud of these two! emoticon

They've been watching their dad & I run races for three years, so it's only natural that they'd want to do it too! We had a local race this weekend so we decided to give them a shot. There was an un-timed option, so that's what we did because we weren't sure what to expect. We brought the stroller along just in case!

My two favorite boys

Me & my peanut

All 4 of us at the starting line

I loved that my daughter kept asking us, "do I look FAST?" and our son kept asking if it was time to race yet!

Here are the kids at "on your mark"

Pretty soon we were off! The girls ran together and the boys ran together. At about a mile in my daughter (who's 4) asked to ride in the stroller. I jogged with her in the stroller for just a bit before dad took over and then took off...I stayed with our son (who's 7). We walked ran the whole 3.1 miles. I am SO PROUD of him!

Here he is about a block from the finish line.

We had a great race. It was a wonderful morning for our family. I hope it's the first of many many more family races!

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ONMYMEDS 11/26/2012 11:07AM

    A heartwarming blog. Congrats to the whole crew. Another running dynasty is born.


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KDGILOMEN 9/20/2012 6:41AM

    Your kids are so adorable, and you and your husband are excellent role models!

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FITFOODIE806 8/28/2012 6:49PM

    That first picture just about made me cry. They are so darn cute! And so cool that they want to do this with you guys. And you! You and your husband are a good looking couple!!! What a great family experience.

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GODIVADSG 8/28/2012 5:51PM

    emoticonIt is so rewarding to involve our kids! emoticonYou all ROCK!! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/20/2012 11:12AM

    Fantastic!! What a good looking family. Love the kids attitude. You obviously are great parents. You are very blessed.

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ASWENTZ 8/20/2012 9:56AM

    That is fantastic! Brought a tear to my eye. Congratulations to your awesome kids and congratulations to you and your husband for being such great parents/role models. Beautiful family!!

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NUOVAELLE 8/20/2012 3:10AM

    What an amazing experience this must have been! You should be proud of the great example you have set for your children! I'm sure you'll enjoy more and more family fitness activities together in the future.
Your peanut looks just like you! You are a beautiful family. Congratulations!
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MPLSKEN 8/19/2012 9:33PM

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HEIDI-25 8/19/2012 8:13PM

    Awesome job!! What a great thing to do with your kids :) Congratulations to your whole family!

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