Monday, April 30, 2012

Smiling!

Okay, so this is an old picture.  But I remember the totally ALIVE feelings that I had on this trail run.  Enough to make me do the trail run happy dance.  I'm doing this Happy Dance today too!

Honestly, it feels like it has been forever since I've run.  Taking two solid weeks off of running and exercise in general has been a much needed break after Boston.  I've embraced it.  Enjoyed it even.  I've indulged in eating some really yummy foods, slept in, lazed around on the couch, read a book, had girl nights with my mom, enjoyed more wine than normal, and tried not to worry too much about what is going on with my pelvic bone. I've taken extra care to just listen to my body and follow the advice from my coach in telling me that we would not be moving forward with training until I had proof that this pelvic pain/discomfort is not from a stress fracture or stress reaction.  He could not stress enough that I needed to take some time off to just rest, recovery, love my body, and seek rejuvenation!  If I hadn't had the pelvic pain and the threat of a serious injury that could put me out for months (oh, and someone telling me that rest was critical to moving forward)  I might not have been patient enough to really pull my head out of the post-marathon cloud and truly rest.  But thanks to the strong advice I was given, the time it takes to schedule appointments and wait for results, and my body's LOUD plea for rest, I surrendered.  I rested.  Completely.

Then today
I
got
THE CALL.

My Doctor.
Telling me that there is
NO
Stress reaction or fracture.

I had obviously hoped for this.  Even assumed that it couldn't be a stress fracture because it didn't hurt badly enough.  But I wasn't willing to take chances.  I only have one body and I have big plans.  I need this body healthy and strong.

This phone call was the green light I needed.  The peace of mind.  The PEACE.  The flag that went off in my head signaling that
I could slowly start back up again.

2.5 easy miles.
Heart rate increasing.
Sweating.
Body feeling springy and FRESH.

And now I can't wipe this stupid SMILE off my face!!  My whole body is singing.  I didn't even realize that life had taken on kind of a dull grey color until now.  There is color everywhere.  Guess I'm a cheap running date.  Didn't take much and now I'm floating on this little, or rather BIG, runner's high.  Off of only 2.5 miles!

2.5 easy miles,
A promise of good things to come.

My pelvic bone is still whispering at me.  Rather than a pain, it is more of a discomfort.  I can tell something is a little off and I'm guessing it is from my abdominal strain that I had not too long ago.  It just feels so good knowing that I don't have any issues with the actual bone.  My doc referred me to sports medicine where I will be able to get further information about what could be causing the pain in the pubic bone after hard exercise.

So, what's next? Well, for now, it is just one day at a time.  A slow and easy build up.  And really, I'm all about waiting for what my coach tells me the plan is.  He hasn't officially given me the green light yet so I won't get ahead of myself.  This next time around, I'm all about listening and being open to guidance from someone else.  I can do the running, he can do the coaching and together we can make decisions about what is best for Amanda.  I like this arrangement. Post note (years later):  This coach, Ray Hauck was so far from being what what best for Amanda.  I should have listened to my gut that was practically yelling at me to stay away....  I should have known that coaching "for free" definitely deserved the eye raise it initially gained.  

In the meantime,
I can't stop
SMILING.

Amanda

47 comments:

  1. So glad to hear it's not a stress fracture!!!

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  2. That is GREAT news! Glad you have embraced rest. I can't wait to see what awesome things are coming your way!

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  3. Oh yes, I do know the running smile! The rest did you good A. The rest makes us stronger, I am convinced of that; still struggle with it, but I know it helps.
    Happy for no SF or SR, and excited for what is in store with your new coach!
    In the meantime, keep smiling:)

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  4. I can't stop smiling for you either!!! My first run after my forced break here was only 2 miles and I was seriously ELATED-it was worthy of a Butterfinger blizzard so I totally understand that feeling you have!!! SO happy for your results today! Can't wait to see what the future holds for you Amanda! Good for you for listening and being patient and allowing yourself that rest and rejuvenation time!! You're back:)

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  5. Well, that's a good reason to smile! So glad to hear you aren't injured and it's great that you are enjoying the rest. I'm planning on taking some time off after Newport too...it's hard on the body to train for and run a marathon! And good job on Boston, I would have died, I am such a wimp about running in hot weather.
    -Sommer

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  6. That's great news...congratulations, you're stress-fracture-free! You have been so wise through this process, thank you for sharing your insights with us. We can all learn some lesson from your experience, for sure. It's always the best feeling to be able to get back to doing something you love. Best wishes as you start "working" more with your new coach!

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  7. So HAPPY for you! And so glad you had some fun during your well-deserved rest. I had a similar feeling on Saturday during my 9-miler...everything felt SO GOOD. Then, believe it or not, Dr. Feelgood by Motley Crue came on Pandora. LOL! I decided right then and there to name my treadmill Dr. Feelgood. :)

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  8. I am so happy for you!!!!! Fantastic news! SO hard to be patient but you did it and you did it so well!!!

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  9. so glad you had that great run, Amanda.....the distance is immaterial, what matters is how it made you feel! Enjoy it, embrace it, build up to bigger and better things!

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  10. No stress fracture! YIPEE!!! That is fantastic news. It sounds like you had a wonderful 2 weeks. You deserved the rest and relaxation (and wine, and girl time). :)

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  11. Great to hear the good news! Erica

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  12. Awesome! So, so happy for you. :)

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  13. Congratulations! Soooo, so thrilled for you. That must have been an incredible feeling when you heard the news. Eesh. I can't even let myself hope. I have my bone scan on Thursday...

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  14. Prayers Answered with a big YES!! Keep that smile on your face and enjoy the extra color today and all this week! I am SO SO happy for you. Enjoy the return!

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  15. AWwww.... so GLAD it isn't a fracture! SUPER news! I hope you can get to the bottom of what is causing the pain. Enjoy the rest of your recovery period and enjoy the build up. :)

    Ps. LOVE LOVE LOVE that ruunning pic in the woods!

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  16. Such great news-- YAY! Hope you can figure it out. That sounds like a much deserved rest and I totally know that feeling of getting back out there and loving it!

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  17. I am so happy for you!!!!! Yahoo!!!!! Since you are in the clear have you thought about what is next on your racing agenda?

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  18. YEAH - such great news SMILE away Chica!

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  19. Yay for no injury to the bone! Dance it up!

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  20. Great news! I'm so happy for you. Keep on smiling, you deserved it!

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  21. Such great news. And the smiling - I could almost see it in your words. It was such a happy post.

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  22. Glad it's not serious! And I love your attitude about getting back on track. you've got the right idea girl!

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  23. Glad nothing serious is going on! I smile like a dope most of the time I'm running, people probably think I'm crazy but most of the time I just can't help it.

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  24. That's great news!!I love your contagious positive attitude!!

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  25. That's awesome! So glad it wasn't a stress fracture! It feels so good to get back out there, doesn't it?

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  26. Glad that it's not a stress fracture! Yay!!! I'm glad you enjoyed your run. That's so awesome.

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  27. What a great outlook!! This post makes me smile for you! You do have so much in store and I have a feeling you and this coach are going to make a good team. : ) sometimes all we need is to go back to basics to remember why we love running in the first place. It sounds like you are at the place. Happy for you girl!

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  28. What a great post - you made me smile and you also made me feel really good about my newly made decision to take 2 solid weeks off from running/cross training/cardio after not only the worst race I have ever run, but the worst run I have ever run, this past weekend. I'm taking 2 weeks to rest. I have NEVER done this. And this makes me feel good about it, to see what a world of good it did for you. Like you, I have big plans and I know I will be on top of the world when I give my body this time that it needs. Thank you for sharing!! :-)

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  29. New to your blog. Awesome news that you don't have a stress fracture =) You deserve to be smiling

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  30. Awesome! I took a few weeks off after surgery and am just getting back to running. It's tough, not being able to run, but it does a body good.

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  31. I am smiling big time for you, too! Glad to hear that you're going to take this running gig one day at a time. Less stress. Less pressure. Free running! That's what this should always be about! Keep being awesome you!
    xo

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  32. i wonder if he purposely didn't call you for so long to make sure you rested... ;) haha. i am sooo glad the news is good!!! hooray!!

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  33. That is so great! I really admire you taking 2 weeks off and listening to your body. That is so hard to do and few know just how challenging, but you seem to have made it GREAT and I'm glad it is ending in a big smile!

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  34. You know what's really funny? Even when we can run 26.2, sometimes all it takes is 2.5 to make us feel happy again!!

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  35. SUCH FANTASTIC NEWS! Way to listen to your body! So thankful!!!

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