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Embracing The Changes In Life

Someone recently asked me about my running and how I currently feel about it. True, I'm not running 5 days per week as I have in the past. I'm not even running my usual 3. I think my new norm for awhile (maybe forever) might be 2 days a week.

How do I feel about it? I feel liberated. I feel like stepping outside of the model of runner to something bigger. Because I've said it before, and I will say it again, I am more than just a runner.
As I grow older with my family, I realize that life is constantly changing. I am constantly changing. And learning to embrace the change definitely makes for an easier transition. For probably the first time in my life, I am

Injury Update - MRI Results

After a week in 'da boot', I was in mild to moderate pain in my calf/Achilles. After 2 weeks in the boot, I was past the moderate mark and had pretty bad pain with every step. So, I took myself out of the boot this past weekend. Go ahead, say, you did what?!?. That's that the Dr's office said when I called them on Monday. Go figure, they wanted me to come in and get my calf checked out. 

Lil Man and I went to the office. After the examination, the Dr agreed with me that the boot wasn't helping but was possibly hurting things. But he wasn't sure if it was inflammation or a tear. If it was a tear, he wanted to put me in a cast, as in a real cast that couldn't be removed. 

I dropped Lil Man off with Hubby at his office since Lil Man couldn't go to the MRI. I drove over to the imaging center and got prepped for my first MRI. I'm a little claustrophobic so I wasn't really sure what to expect. 

I have to say that I didn't like having my feet taped together. Yep, they taped my feet together and put sand weights on me to make sure that I didn't move. And in I went in the machine up to my thighs. After a few moments, they stopped the test and told me they needed to re-position me, and they pushed me in a little farther. 

I almost freaked, but after about 100 deep breaths I calmed down. I was only in up to my waist, but it was still a little much for me. I kept telling myself... "you've finished 2 marathons. You can do this. You got this." 
It felt like the longest 25 minutes ever! But finally they told me I was done.   

Now came the waiting. I was told I should know something at least by the next day. But I got a call later that evening. My diagnosis? 

Mild Calf Strain (minor tear). WAHOOOOOOO.... that means no boot, no cast.. and I was told I can run again when I can walk without pain. Whew, what a relief. I did NOT want a cast. I didn't know how I was going to manage a cast and crutches with Lil Man. 

Now that I'm out of the boot, I'm seeing a little progress. I'm just trying to be careful and not set myself back. I'm ready to run. So I need to heal so that I can do that. Thanks for listening/reading through this injury saga. Hoping I'm on the road to recovery! :) 

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  1. Yay for no real cast! I was kind of holding my breath until I read the diagnosis. So not a fan of taping my feet for an MRI either. It doesn't seem like a big deal when you say it but it's so uncomfortable! And if the MRI lasted 30 minutes double that for how it felt. Keep us updated!


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