I Got to Cleared to Run, So I Ran!
Yesterday I did something I haven’t done in a long time. I plugged my Garmin in to charge….
BECAUSE MY DOCTOR CLEARED ME TO RUN!
I literally can’t explain how happy I felt leaving the doctor’s office yesterday morning. I’ve heard many people say “my heart felt light” when they get good news and I never really understood it. Of course I knew what it meant, but I had never felt it before… until yesterday. When I left the doctor’s office my heart felt light. It felt like a million pounds had been lifted off my shoulders. Like a dark cloud had finally passed over.
I know this sounds so dramatic but I truly felt overwhelmed with emotion at just the thought of putting on my visor, and my FlipBelt and my Brooks.
^ I bought this shirt months ago and it’s just been sitting in a drawer waiting for the day I could run again. It says “run the world” and that’s what I plan to do. Adam and I have even started planning out next trip :).
You may have noticed I’m still wearing a bandaid over the scar because it’s ugly. My other scars from the fasciotomies are super small and barely noticeable. This particular scar is also small but the skin around it looks bruised. The doctor said that’s just how some wounds heal and that the skin will return to normal color over time. I’m self conscious about the way it looks which is why I’ve got the bandaid on, but once I run out of my current supply of bandaids I’ll stop using them.
Heading out the door last night for a run felt so … normal.
Even though it’s been months since I’ve last run it felt like the most natural thing to do. I did 3 minute run / 1 minute walk intervals for one mile. By 10 minutes in my legs felt tired, haha. I’ve definitely got a long road ahead of me before I am in any kind of distance running shape but that’s okay, I’m not in a rush.
I made it one mile using 3:1 intervals. It wasn’t fast and it wasn’t pretty but I was still so happy. I had tears rolling down my face before I even hit the one minute mark. It’s kind of crazy how much a single sport can mean to someone who’s not even that good at it – but running is so meaningful to me.
Recovery has taken a while but the comeback is always greater than the setback. I’m looking forward to sharing my comeback to running with you over the next few months.
C’mon 2018, I’m ready and excited!
Anyone training for a spring 5K?
I definitely want to 1 or 2 or 3 🙂