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Monday, October 20, 2014

Life lately

Hey guys!

 Well, last week was my first full week at my new job, and as you can tell, I haven't yet figured out how to work full time, blog, read blogs or comment- all at the same time!
 So, bear with me as I try to figure it all out. I am a patient coordinator at a Pediatric therapy office, and it is completely overwhelming! At this point I feel like I'll never learn it all.
 But to compare it to my running, I remember when running 26.2 miles was completely overwhelming and seemed impossible. Ya just gotta take a day at a time, and pretty soon everything will fall into place, and you'll be able to do what once seemed impossible!

I went back to my orthopedic Dr last week and he was so excited to hear that my injury is all better! He had told me surgery was the only way to repair it. I have no doubt that prayers worked.

Yesterday I decided to go for a long run for my birthday. What better way to celebrate?! It was a beautiful, cool morning and I knew it would be perfect. My plan was at least 10 miles. didn't exactly go as planned.
Off and on for a couple weeks my knee has been hurting when I run. This time I could not even run one step without intense pain. I could walk just fine, but every time I would try to run, I just couldn't.
 So my run turned into a slow, 3 mile hike. I decided to go on the trails, instead of pavement.

I'll admit, I was very discouraged and depressed. Yes, feeling sorry for myself. Pissed off. I JUST recovered from an injury, I can finally run again- and now there's something else stopping me from doing what I love to do.
  I sat down by the water for awhile and just thought about life. I read once that our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens. I can choose to keep going, or just throw in the towel.
 I'm not where I thought I'd be at 37 years old. I don't have what I thought I'd have. But I do have a husband and 2 stepsons who adore me. And that's more than a lot of people have.

 So, I went home and enjoyed my birthday. And even got some ice cream. Dang, I don't feel 37!!!!
I'm going to do some short runs this week to see how the knee does. I'm doing the Black Cat Chase 5k race on Friday night and the Urban Bourbon half on Saturday! That'll be my first race since June!!

Any other October birthdays?
When is your next race?




  1. Happy belated birthday! You seriously don't look 37, wow!
    So sorry to hear about the knee pain. Trust me, I know how frustrating it is to deal with an injury. Take it slowly and try not to jump the gun on your recovery. Think long term versus short term!

  2. Happy belated birthday! I have found myself feeling pretty down lately about all the things I don't have and haven't done, but you're right - the things I've done and the things I have are more than enough. My favorite teacher in high school gave us an extended version of that "Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond" to it quote on the first day of school, and as a 15-year-old I was like ummm...ok. But I've held onto that paper she gave us for over 10 years now and the older I get the more I find myself referring back to it and realizing how true it is.

  3. happy belated birthday darl!
    sometimes my body hates me for no reason. i only did a short 6 miles last saturday and my knees hurt for 3 or 4 days, and then they stopped hurting, and then one started really hurting on saturday so I couldn't do a long run like I wanted to. I'm going to try and squeeze in some smaller runs this week before the half, if my knee cooperates. keep an eye out for me for the urban bourbon!! that black cat race sounds fun!

  4. Happy Birthday! Keep up the good work with your new job and be patient with returning to running. :)

  5. Happy Birthday Katie! Take it easy and enjoy your birthday week!

    It's always something...
    But like this other injury - prayer DOES work :)

  7. Happy Happy Kid!! Enjoy another trip around the sun!! On the flip side, congrats on not running & pushing on & doing more damage than good. Glad you are still full time at work. Stay Strong & Dream Big. Cheers

  8. Well, happy birthday a day late! Sorry that your long run didn't work out - hopefully you will be running 100% again soon!

  9. Happy Happy Birthday, must say you don't look 37 at all!!!
    Hopefully the knee thing is just a fluke, I bet a day or two of rest and it will go away. I'm going to think positive like that for you:) But don't beat yourself down for not getting the mileage in you want, it will come. Afterall, you just came back from a bad injury and sometimes things just take a little more time than we want. (trust me, on this I know, :)
    That is awesome you have a couple of upcoming races, so exciting!!!

  10. Happy happy Birthday! You look 27! Not 37!

  11. Not only do you not feel 37, damn girl you don't look 37. I am 32 and I guess I just kind of figured we were the same age.

  12. Hang in there - I'll cross my fingers (and toes!) that your knee starts to behave itself and lets you get back to what you love to do. You've got the right attitude though - wherever we're at, we've always got something we can be grateful for.

    And a very, very happy (belated) birthday to you!


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