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 πŸ™‚Β 

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15 Comments

  1. February 8, 2018 / 5:11 am

    Im so glad you got to run!! That is an awesome run for your first one back. It really is the best feeling after not being able to run for awhile!

    • Kristina
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      February 8, 2018 / 9:35 am

      Thank you Lisa! It felt overwhelmingly good, and what feels even better is that today my leg looks and feels good. I was worried that it might swell up or hurt or … who knows what, but it’s totally normal. I’m so grateful for that!

  2. February 8, 2018 / 7:31 am

    Freaking awesome!! Thst shirt is perfect. Where did you run? Where Will your next trip be?

    • Kristina
      Author
      February 8, 2018 / 9:40 am

      I got it at Old Navy for like $8 and I love it!

      I just went for a run in the park behind my house. If I would have run to the beach the loop would have been too long, and driving there felt like a hassle just to run one mile. Once I get back up to 5K I’ll be able to go run at the beach again, which is going to feel amazing. I’m kind of worried that by the time I get to that point it’s going to be spring break and the beach is going to be PACKED and I won’t be able to run. The weeks of spring break are always me just weaving in and out of drunk groups of people hogging up all the space. But either way I am excited to run at the beach again at some point! I know it’s going to be a serious moment!

  3. February 8, 2018 / 9:49 am

    Best. post. ever! I’m so happy that the doctor cleared you to start running again! Yay!

  4. Aimee
    February 8, 2018 / 11:45 am

    I have been following your blog for awhile now, and I am so happy to see/hear that you were able to run again!! You have been kicking butt on your strength training which has helped inspire me to get back on track with strength training myself! I would imagine your comeback will be a bit “easier” because you are so much stronger.

    • Kristina
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      February 11, 2018 / 6:14 pm

      Thanks so much Aimee! I’m so honored to hear that my lifting has inspired you, go get it!!! I hope you’re right that the comeback will be easier. My legs feel okay during the runs but my heart beats out of control. Unfortunately I think my cardio is all gone!

  5. February 8, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    Yes Girl!!!!! I’m so happy for you! Pretty sure 2018 is going to be a great year for your running. I’m actually training for a 5K on March 24th. I’m looking for a PR so let’s see how that goes.

    • Kristina
      Author
      February 11, 2018 / 6:14 pm

      Oh nice!!! I just signed up for a 5K on the 25th of March πŸ™‚ Will be a big weekend for both of us!!!

  6. February 8, 2018 / 7:27 pm

    So exciting!! I’m so happy you got to get out there an run finally. Good times ahead!

  7. February 8, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    I have that same shirt!

    You know how I feel about all this…I am SO FREAKING HAPPY FOR YOU!

  8. February 9, 2018 / 10:01 am

    I am so happy for you!!

    I used to do the band aid cover-up with a star I have on my ankle… but then I just started to embrace it… since I couldn’t make it go away.

  9. Susan
    February 11, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    This is GREAT news!! Here’s to your comeback!