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My contemplations for today.

Friday, November 11, 2011



Next week at this time I'll just be getting out of the theater after watching Breaking Dawn. That will be a happy time!

emoticon My other contemplation is difficult and burdening my thoughts today. I have an issue with my right quad. So much so that it's waking me up in the middle of the night due to pain.

I was yapping on the phone to a fellow sparker the other day who has his own muscle issues and we both commented on how we were just trying to get through the races we had scheduled till the end of the year, and THEN we would take some time off to heal.

That evening I went out to dinner with a group of people - one who does physical therapy - and I described my issue. Never quite seems to go away for months now. I take a week or so off weights it feels better, I work out, and then I have an issue again. She basically in a kind, gentle soft voice read me the riot act and told me to back out of my next race or risk tearing my muscle.

My next race is Nove 19th - The Hell Run - my first one of this type of race with a 5k interspersed with various obstacles - mud, fire, water, you know stupid stuff. My daughter registered with me as well as my BFF. She hurt her knee playing softball and has been relatively sure that she wouldn't run this race.

I talked to my daughter last night and asked her how she would feel about us not doing the race. She was disappointed and wants me to take her so she can do it anyway. Now how hard would that be for me to stand on the sidelines and let her do it herself?

My brain is conflicted. I have been in recovery mode since May 18 - from my shoulder surgery and I'm so tired of being in pain. The races I do sort of help me celebrate my fitness. I enjoy the crowds, the events themselves, and when i do get to do one with my daughter it's even more special.



This is a picture from the Komen race we did last month.

Anyway, I don't think I really know how to take time off. I am going to talk to my trainer. I'm supposed to see him on the 17th, and I haven't been able to follow the program that he gave me for my lower body. I'm going to have to push that back and figure out if I just do slow walking on the treadmill and my shoulder therapy exercises and not workout for 4 weeks to see if that heals it.

I'm scheduled for the Turkey Trot and the Jingle Bell run and regardless I'll do those since I can walk and there are no obstacles.

Funny thing is that when I first started on Spark People over two years ago, I used to have to find ways to talk myself into doing races. Now the shoe is on the other foot, and I'm having difficulty talking myself out of it!
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PRESHUZ 11/12/2011 1:21PM

    I think it's great that you decided to go and support your daughter. There will be other races. I know you were looking forward to this one, but it's best to let yourself heal. Our bodies know best. I got hurt during the Rugged Maniac 5K and had to stop exercising for 4 weeks after due to a groin strain. It was tough, but now I'm better and happy that I listened to the doctor's orders. Stay positive girl!

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MISSION_MOMMA 11/12/2011 12:30PM

    I support your choice to heal :). Take the time so you can do more later.

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EMILYULM1 11/12/2011 1:14AM

    I so feel your pain. I am not sure what I would do if I was you. I continued running even though I was sure I had shin splints and miraculously they recovered in time. But it sounds like your injury is much worse than mine. I also would not know what to do if I signed up for something - I would feel almost obligated to complete it. Wow. I think that after two years you have likely learned to listen to your body somewhat. Try to trust it now - I'm sure you'll do the right thing. Sending you a great big hug.

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CANDOK1260 11/11/2011 7:49PM

    I THINK YOU MADE THE RIGHT DECSIO CHEER YOR DAUGHTER ON

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YIWEN39 11/11/2011 7:34PM

    I think you've made the right decision "just" being a cheerleader :-) You need time to heal, it's OK, and then you'll come back stronger :-) Good luck to your DD and to you for your speedy and smooth recovery :-)
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MICHCLEARY 11/11/2011 6:57PM

    I've decided to skip it and be her cheerleader if that is what she would like. It really is silly to push myself when my quad is injured. I think I may just head to the gym for some sauna time this weekend.

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MACKIEFISMOM 11/11/2011 6:33PM

    Sorry, Michelene!! I know how you feel, as lately I can't do much with my knee. Darn races!! Celebrate the amazing distance you've come and rest! You deserve to be the best you can be, even if it means missing a few races. Take it easy! Praying for you!!

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LAURALOVESSPARK 11/11/2011 6:09PM

    I hope you can reach a decision that will give you peace of mind and body.
It's tough being in pain for so long, I know how that feels.
Do what your head tells you to do, and not your heart.
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FLPALM 11/11/2011 5:52PM

    I am not in the MEDICAL FIELD, nor am I in any position to tell you what to do...but, as a MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, and a VERY CARING SPARKLER.....I hope you just take your daughter, and cheer her on like there is NO ONE ELSE OUT THERE!

This to encourage her, let your muscle HEAL, and should give YOU THE SATISFACTION that YOU ARE THERE FOR HER!.....Remember, You can't HELP ANYONE, including yourself, if you are OUT SURGERY WISE for the family, and your friends, that you would otherwise be cheering on.

Wish you well,
Fran

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JUNEAU2010 11/11/2011 5:34PM

    You've been in recovery for X amount of time. If you do something more without allowing whatever is wrong to fully heal, you may be on the DL for XXX amount of time. Sure the time with your daughter is awesome, but is it not better to skip one and not injure yourself so you miss 3?

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CANBDONE 11/11/2011 1:49PM

    The name of the run might be an indicator you should skip this one and use that energy to cheer on your daughter. If you don't drop out, would you really be able to "take it easy"? Listen to the experts would be my unasked for advice!

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