I have little hope for 2018 politics-and-justice-wise, but I do have some hope for the year running-wise.
|Top 9 pictures from Instagram this year. Fewer running pictures than in the past. I had my lowest-mileage year in ages.|
|Here we go again.|
|Two days post-op, I had a ton of bruising. This is normal, but I didn't have it with my right leg. I found out after my post-op that I had bled more in this surgery and that explains the higher pain levels and bruising.|
|About 9 days post-op, when they removed the steristrips. Incisions looked good!|
|Merry Christmas to me - a 3 minute slow jog on my parents' treadmill.|
|My left-anterior incision is still a little lumpy (that's where I had bleeding) but the posterior is already almost less noticeable than the scar on my right leg.|
I plan to use 2018 as a chance to start totally fresh. I will pick up running from the beginning, but with the benefit of the knowledge I've gained over the last 9 years. I know there will be days when I really struggle, and there will be days I lament my lost fitness, but I hope this experience will serve as a reminder to never take it for granted. I hope that I'll be able to put this all behind me and focus on my running goals with renewed vigor and dedication.
I hope this blog will become something I'm excited to pick up again. I started it in 2012 with the intention of keeping myself accountable, and I don't think that's necessary anymore, but as an outlet and a place to track my journey, progress, setbacks, and victories...well, I hope it will become that again. I have no way of knowing where my mind will go as my recovery continues.
It's hard to start completely over, and I refuse to fall into the comparison trap while I build myself back up to where I once was, and maybe even beyond, so I know I'm not ready to step back into the runner-blogger community...but I feel like I'm standing at the threshold of a doorway that is slowly opening, and sooner than later, I am going to step through.
I am desperately excited and anxious to do so.
So, here is to the new year, my new legs, and a Part II of my running journey.
Yayy part II here we come! And maybe me as a 5k partner! ~ stephReplyDelete
I know what you mean about feeling bad enjoying frivolous things. I was making some images for my blog this morning and then I hopped over to CNN and there was a "year in pictures" post. Of course I clicked on it. And just to see the devastation that goes on in many parts of the world, it made me feel guilty for sitting here in my robe, drinking coffee, and making stupid blog title images.ReplyDelete
Here's to part II of your running career!!!! Please don't fall into the comparison trap. I used to do that and now I can honestly say I'm FREE of it. I don't care if some people run XXXX miles per week, I know if I did that I'd get injured and/or hate running!
You are strong! Here's to a wonderful 2018.ReplyDelete
2018 will definitely be a better year for you. Looking forward to hearing about it.
Welcome back! I wish you the best on your recovery journey!ReplyDelete
Best of luck with your recovery!ReplyDelete
I am also hoping, in a different way, to start totally fresh in 2018. I'm really hoping this year I can forget about races and training and just learn how to run for my own enjoyment, regardless of pace or mileage.
Your matching scars on each leg look super cool. I hope you have a great year!ReplyDelete