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Making a Comeback

Thursday, November 29, 2012

For the past few months, I have been dealing with a medical issue that I was afraid would be serious (thankfully it wasnít). I had some minor surgery about 3 weeks ago, and am following up with some medication. Without going into detail, I have spent the past 4 months feeling physically uncomfortable to miserable, anemic, tired, cranky, and depressed. Although the doctor told me I could continue to run and exercise, it just seemed to make things worse (not to mention the anemia didnít make it easy), so I went from taking it easy, to taking it very easy, to do nothing more than about a mile walk a day, but only when I had the energy. Now that things are getting straightened out, I am able to move around all day without needing a nap, I can stay focused, and generally I feel optimistic and happy again.

On Thanksgiving morning I was feeling good enough to compete in a 4 mile race that I have done for the past few years. I knew it was going to be slow, and it was Ė I finished in just under 45:00, which is a personal worst for me. One year ago I had a personal best in the same race. Itís amazing how things change in a year! Anyway I didnít really care as I just wanted to finish. I did have to walk a bit, but I felt so good later in the day (I forgot how good the endorphins are), that it didnít bother me in the least.

Since then I have started back to running, and am planning to get back to 3-4 days a week. I am going to keep the mileage low, as right now I am huffing and puffing at an 11:00 pace, and I start fading around 2 miles. I know my body still needs time to heal, and itís going to take some time to build back up, but I know itís in me and I will work at it. Since last Thursday, I did 2 miles on Saturday, 4 miles on Monday, and 2 miles today (12 miles in 8 days is not too bad). Iíll probably keep the long runs to 4-5 for the next couple of weeks and see where I am and go from there.

I have already missed two half marathon opportunities, but I plan to do at least 1 or 2 in the late winter to spring. I am not going to let an entire race season pass me by!
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BOBBYD31 12/3/2012 9:08PM

    good for you ! great to see you back on that horse, kicking butt and taking numbers.
i know where you are as i am still there, i started over with c25k after being off the better part of a year, so i am slow no very slow but i am healthy which is all that should matter for any of us. a few months from now you will be close to full force so be patient and stay healthy

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TIGGER622 12/1/2012 12:42PM

    So glad things are looking up and you are getting back in it! There will always be races, so take it slow! Keep up the good work!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/30/2012 11:39AM

    Sounds like you are coming back super strong. emoticon emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 11/29/2012 8:27PM

    So glad to here you are feeling well enough to attempt the four mile distance. You'll get there again. Take it easy.

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PAULDODO 11/29/2012 3:46PM

    Oh, Carolyn, I'm so sorry to hear about your problems, but delighted that you have a light at the end of the tunnel. :)
Recovery is all about baby steps, no matter how well you feel!

Take care, my friend

Paul x

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MBSHAZZER 11/29/2012 2:29PM

    Carolyn, glad to hear you are feeling better! If you are tired and anemic, exercise should take a backseat! Sounds like you are working on your comeback in a smart way, too! I'm sure that you will be back to fighting form before you know it! 2013 is going to be your year.

And FYI, I am bailing on Palm Beach :(

This happens every year - we have too much work with the rental properties to be able to spare a weekend away. Plus, I had my parents here for Thanksgiving, which meant no work got done last weekend, in addition to 66 miles of running to beat the stress = tired legs.



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