Thursday, August 8, 2013

Three Things Thursday

1. This whole right quad thing is taking WAY longer than I ever expected it to heal and be back to 100% .  I am sure it would have healed a lot faster if I were able to just take the time off running/exercising in general when it happened, but I go CRAZY if I can't do something.  It is getting there.   I was talking to a gal at work Tuesday and she said her husband tore his quad ten years ago and it still acts up.  Not really the kind of thing I want to hear. 

Makes me wonder if I am going to have to give up on the whole speedy runner thing and accept a slower pace. It does great if I keep the pace 8:30 to 9:30ish.

I wonder if I can do that and be happy about.

2. Don't get me wrong I am extremely grateful and happy I am running. An incredibly gifted and compassionate surgeon that I have worked with for over the last at least 10 or 12 years had a pretty big stroke a couple of months ago.  He was an avid fitness enthusiasts and we shared a love of Bodyrock and HIIT workouts in general.  He also had recently completed a century ride. 

Now they don't know if he will ever operate again. He is in very intense rehab just to get back to the basics right now.  I can't even begin to describe how much his patients loved him.  They would put up with longer wait times to get surgery and appointments to go and see him.  He has three young children.

So yes I am grateful to be able to run.  Every time, I start feeling sorry for myself I remember Mike and I run for him because he can't right now. That he didn't like to run because it bothered his knees and he would rather bike is totally beside the point. I am running because I can and I am grateful.

All about perspective. 

3.  My daughter made a bed on the coffee table yesterday and to our great surprise she not only went to sleep there happily at bedtime, she slept there ALL night.
I can't think that it was all the comfy, but hey whatever floats her boat and keeps her from crawling into bed with me.  She tends to get turned around and start kicking people in the head.


  1. I'm so sorry about your injury. Ironically, I'm having the same thoughts as you this morning (although my slow is way slower than your slow). Slow down, give up the "speed", run more, less injury. Maybe that's a formula that will work?

  2. I know how you feel about accepting a slower pace. Even though I'm feeling better with my ITB, I still take things easier on pace and don't feel like I'm ever going to be where I used to be. I am definitely grateful just to be running, though, so I'm not thinking about it too much.

    Kids are hilarious. That sounds like torture, but she loved it!

  3. As you recover, have you been doing hamstring strengthening exercises? Like when you kind of do a bridge on an exercise ball and pull it towards/push it away with your heels. Obviously, I'm not a dr, but if I were in your shoes, my plan of attack would be to make sure my muscle systems are balanced.

    Your kids are too cute. Reminds me of a morning my mom found me under the kitchen table- I used to be a really bad sleep-walker!

    Take it easy- sending healing thoughts!

  4. Too funny about the coffee table--kids can be so goofy sometimes! :)

  5. If I slept on a coffee table I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to walk for a month. Kids just amaze me sometimes!

    I hate that you've had such issues with your quad. Hopefully you get it fully worked out eventually and it's not nagging you 10 years from now too. I would take your slow speed any day though :) Even at that, you are still faster than a good chunk of it could be much worse.

  6. Kids sleep in the most bizarre places. But, sleep is sleep, so I wouldn't be complaining either.

    You are right about perspective. I hope that your surgeon friend has as full a recovery as possible.

    And I also hope your quad heals up and stops giving you issues. It's so frustrating when you aren't able to do the things you love.

  7. I can totally relate to your feelings of "will I be happy running at this pace?" or, mine personally, "will I be happy ONLY running 2 miles?" And then injury strikes, and you just try to soak up ANY bit of running you can! I know what that feels like. I'm still battling it, though mine is just nasty, nasty runner's knee that I have to stretch and roll RELIGIOUSLY to keep at bay.

    Hang in there. I hope your surgeon friend gets better and makes a miraculously speedy recovery back to everything, and the same for your healing!

  8. Injuries suck. So sorry girl! Love that your daughter slept on the coffee table. I will let the kids sleep anywhere they want - just because I don't want them in bed with me either!

  9. I totally understand about injuries and not being able to do what you used to do. I am not speedy by any means but to get back to a 9 mile minute run would be oh so great. I hope your quad heals up quickly for you.

  10. My boss had your injury as well and it was so frustrating for him. He would run, quad would act up, then he would go back down to running slower and shorter distances. It's like he couldn't shake it for the longest time and I can only imagine how frustrating it must be. At least you can run some. Back when I had IT Band problems, I couldn't run faster than 10:30 or 11's without sparking the pain. It was such a drag but I kept telling myself "at least you're running!"

    My boys make tents and sleep in the oddest places. That's the fun part about being a kid!

  11. So sorry your quad is still bothering you. I do hope you are able to pick up the pace again! Love her bed for the evening! That is hilarious!

  12. Tired little girl from her big run!

    Yes, it is all about perspective isn't it? And keeping it positive.


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