Awakening!

By | December 7, 2017

Awakening

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!

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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!

Running Return

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!

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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.

Other Stuff

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!

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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!

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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!

Cheers!
James

22 thoughts on “Awakening!

  1. Sophie

    James, I’m so happy to hear you’re getting out there and running again. I’ve had about 6 weeks of lurgy and SI joint issues but getting back to it too. Happy running!

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  2. Alittlebitoutoffocus

    Good to have you back Jamesie – we’ve missed you! Well done on running that Half on so little training. I hope it didn’t, or doesn’t, cause you any more back problems. I’ve been trying to get back into it as best I can (given the snow and icy conditions here at the moment) and I was building up slowly, in the hope that my hip issue would be trained away… And all was sort of OK until yesterday, when I pulled a muscle in my left calf. So I’m back to resting again… 🙁

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  3. Robyn

    Wow, sorry about your back! Glad you took the time and let it heal – best of all – glad to hear you are running again! Great job on the RnR! Although I hope your calf feels better soon.

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    1. James Post author

      Thanks Robyn and great to hear from you. It felt great to finish a race even if it was my slowest half ever and it hurt crazy for most of the race. I’m coming back and I’m determined to come back stronger. No guarantees that it doesn’t happen again of course but will consult with spine doc today to discuss what’s next if that happens. For now, I’m getting back to it!! Hope you and your family are doing well and looking forward to a fun holiday season…cheers!

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  4. breidengale

    SO SO SO SO GOOD to see you on here again!! Paula said you were going to run this time!! I can’t believe you are doing the coffee training! You will be my new best friend for sure! Totally understand the lake of motivation to write if you are not actively running… working on that myself. Hey! Let Starbucks know they need to keep more sugar free syrups on hand… (: again so glad to see you back on here.

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    1. James Post author

      Hi Renee….thank you thank you!! Great to hear from you and hope you are doing well over there on the “east side!” Yeah, the lack of motivation was tough…I should have at least wrote an update once in a while but it just felt like yeah back hurts, yeah can’t run, yeah still watching football and playing video games!! Yes, I will be a coffee ninja…black ops stuff 🙂 I’ll pass on the feedback about the syrup…I think we have a forum that customers can submit ideas too…I’ll see if I can find it. Take care and happy holidays!!

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  5. runningtotravel

    Welcome back, James! We all missed you here! I know how badly it sucks mentally to not be able to run when running is such a part of who you are (I’ve been there). I also loved San Antonio when I ran the half there several years ago. Glad to hear you were able to run there even if it wasn’t the most enjoyable race for you!

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Donna…I really appreciate the kind words and support. I should have tried harder to at least update the blog once every couple weeks but it was hard, especially when my only update would have been yep, back still hurts, still can’t run!! San Antonio was a lot of fun and a great city for a winter racecation! Hope you are doing great and look forward to catching up on your blog shortly…take care!

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  6. sarahdudek80

    So great to see you back. I was just thinking about you yesterday and wondering how you are doing. Love the holiday lights you added to your site! I’ve been tempted to take a trip to San Antonio lately. I have heard such great things and you had me at Tex-Mex!

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    1. James Post author

      Hi Sarah…thank you and great to hear from you! I hope everything is going well with the baby and family…I see that you have a new post show up on my reader so look forward to catching up on our adventures. And, yes San Antonio is absolutely worth a trip, especially in the winter months and if you can throw in a race, even better!! I’m looking forward to being back in the run blogging world again…cheers!!

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  7. nathasha

    James! Good to have you back! Congrats and great job on pushing through RnR San Antonio! I’m glad you were able to run it… “the slowest, hardest, worst, and best half-marathon ever!” Best?! Looking forward to reading the recap! 🙂

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Nathasha…great to hear from you and appreciate the support as always. Hope you are doing well…I need to catch up on your adventures though I’ve seen a few of your fun IG posts!

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  8. Chocolaterunsjudy

    Ok, you’re definitely crazy to run a half with so little running under the belt, but it sounds like it went well & whether it went well or not, I bet if felt good, if you can understand my drift.

    Love San Antone (we lived in Austin for 17 years). Miss it. Miss TX. But that’s life!

    Glad to hear the awakening is going well.

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    1. James Post author

      thank you Judy! i was technically signed up for the full but no way that was going to happen so that at least only makes me half crazy 🙂 we did love our trip to San Antonio, would definitely consider another race in that area sometime in the future!

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  9. wanderwolf

    Let the comeback begin! Loving the holiday lights.
    Hope you are feeling good after your race again, James, and to see more of you again in thenew year. In the meantime, hope you, Paula, and AJ enjoy the holidays!

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Mai…I certainly hope so!! It will take a while but for now, I’m just happy to be back out there!!

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  10. Fallon @ Slacker Runner

    I’m so behind on posts, I need to catch up!!! I am so glad to see you running again! I hope you continue to feel better and that you can get back to running regularly. I am looking forward to more posts.

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    1. James Post author

      Thanks Fallon…feels like I’m getting a little closer each week but have to take it so slow and careful.

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