3 months ago to the day, I wrote a not so happy, Happy Friday post on this site! If you recall, I had just gone down with a second occurrence of a very painful back injury that turned out to be a ruptured and herniated disc. It has been a long and tedious process since then not being able to run at all and being very limited in any physical activity. Once I came around to the fact that my 2017 running year was completely wrecked, I lost my desire and motivation to keep the blog going on a regular basis. I was checking out the reader to see how everyone was doing and kept up with most of you mainly on Twitter and Instagram. Thank you all for the great support and kind wishes. Finally, it’s time for a run blog awakening!
My last long run of any kind was Sep 3rd in the middle of a great Labor Day workout weekend. Since then I’ve gone through the standard protocols of dealing with disc injuries. Physical therapy, MRI, steroid injection through epidural procedure, medication to control nerve pain, and pretty much no physical activity. Weekends involved the couch, football, and video games! And, I’m not ashamed of that at all…in fact, I actually added a couple games to the collection which is surprising given our son has every video game ever invented!
Finally, about 3 weeks ago my regular doctor begrudgingly admitted that I could probably start to run a couple times a week, starting with a mile at a time at super slow pace. No worries on the pace considering I’ve gained about 15 pounds and lost most, if not all, of my physical fitness and stamina. I did make it out twice, once for 4 miles and once for 3 miles. Mentally, it was great to be out and kinda running again despite the ongoing pain.
And, that completed my training for the Rock ‘N Roll San Antonio marathon this past weekend 🙂 Yes, we did go to San Antonio for a wonderful race weekend vacation and yes I finished the race…the half, not the full that I was registered. I commented on my twitter and instagram feeds that this was my slowest, hardest, worst, and best half-marathon ever! It was epic. In a twisted kind of way. I’ll follow up with a full race report and review soon…soon being in a couple days hopefully, not 3 months!
San Antonio is a fabulous city by the way. I highly recommend it if you ever get a chance to visit. The downtown Riverwalk is beautiful with fabulous eating and drinking options along with lots of shops and attractions. The holiday lights made it even more spectacular and we walked the Riverwalk at least once every day of our trip. Everyone was super friendly and were treated to a variety of fabulous Texas barbecue and Tex-Mex fare.
I’m still part of the BibRave gang. I ran RnR San Antonio representing the crazy orange and am super excited to be back on board for 2018. I’ve had to pass on a few running specific product tests but I have been able to test some awesome new hats and visors from Boco Gear as well as some fantastic nutritional food offerings from Luvo. Reviews on both will also be coming soon!
I’m still loving life at the greatest coffee shop in the world and you’ll see frequent references on my social feeds. Holiday season is fabulous at Starbucks and while we stay plenty busy I am thankful to work for an organization that truly cares so much about it’s employees (partners) and communities. Although I work in technology, I am going through the coffee masters program right now – long story worthy of a separate post someday when I pass the test to attain the coveted black apron!
That’s all for now…I have a lot of blog catching up to do and look forward to connecting with everyone again. Tomorrow, I’m off for my final (for now) visit with the spine doctor. Need to ask if he thinks it’s OK for me to run that half-marathon last week 🙂
- Just one question for this post, how are y’all doing?!!! Tell me about your running, racing, or any other life adventures you’d like to share!
‘Till next time,
Run safe, run strong, run happy!