I went in to the office every day this week! After spending the morning on the couch, sleeping a bit more, relaxing and getting comfortable, I would head to work around noon and work till end of day (5:30pm).
I was nervous to go back on Monday after 3 weeks of absence, but it felt quite natural to be back. It’s not terribly comfortable to sit for long periods of time so I would stand at my computer every once and a while and took plenty of trips to the bathroom and the printer. It was a wonderful distraction to pick up where I left off on that Friday over a month ago and forget about the fact that I have a serious injury.
Another great distraction was seeing my dad for a few days this week. It was great having some father daughter time over coffee discussing my recovery and the ups and downs of life at the moment. The fatherly advice and comforting words were more than welcomed
One month ago today I went for a run, I sat in the middle of the road with a mangled hip, I was rushed to the ER in an ambulance, I was x-rayed while in the worst pain I have ever experienced, I spent 4 and a half hours in surgery and I slept my first night since I was 5 in the hospital.
Today I am starting my last week of hopping around on one leg, feeling stronger and more at peace with my traumatic event. I no longer have an open wound from surgery, but instead a beautifully arced scar that has healed and become apart of me.
I am excited to start heading to work full time, exercising with physical therapy next week and heading back to the doctor for an update. Thank you to everyone who has reached out with supportive words and love. Your support and kindness has meant the world to me!
By age 25 there are certain aspects of life that one can expect to encounter, such as, possibly living with a significant other, hopefully holding a steady job and learning how to feed oneself with the use of the kitchen. And of course there are many things that one cannot be ready for – elements of life that one never expects to encounter.
In 2012, as a 25 year old woman, never did I ever expect to switch careers from the non-profit world to the corporate scene.
Never did I ever expect to love eggs as much as I do – I have had them basically every day since I have been recovering at home.
Never did I ever expect to break my hip while training for my 3rd half marathon, resulting in the purchase of a wheel chair for long outings.
And never did I ever expect to adopt a cat – which is what we did yesterday
What are some things that you have encountered that you never expected on your life journey?
This time last year I was training for my first half marathon.
I had never run more than 3 miles at a time and the idea of being able to run over 10 consecutive miles was just ludicrous. But before I knew it I was addicted to hitting the pavement, sipping down Nuun and gobbling up Gu. When race day came I was all full of jitters and excitement and as soon as I finished I knew that it would not be my last race.
Today I am training to run the other half of the San Francisco marathon and it will be my third race to date. Trying to convince someone who isn’t a runner that running miles on end is the best feeling is impossible, but this weekend I had a chance to share my love of running with my non-runner boyfriend.
On our staycation we slipped on our running shoes and went for a light jog by the water. It wasn’t particularly comfortable for him to run more than a mile or so but we had a great time sharing the pavement and we successfully completed over 3 miles together. Trying something new is not always easy but setting new goals and seeing yourself succeed is a feeling that cannot be matched by anything else.
Along these lines, but certainly not as emotionally charged, I tried a new breakfast combo Monday morning – I had a hot dog for breakfast!!
Well it was a turkey dog with some eggs and avocado and it was delicious! I can’t wait to try this new combo again – let me know what you think if you give it a try.
What is something new you have tried recently?
Yesterday’s post was all about what I do before I go for a long run. Well here is how all of that preparation paid off and then how I recovered.
Because there was minimal wind yesterday morning I decided to take advantage of the running playground I live in and run across the Golden Gate Bridge.
It’s about 4 miles up to the bridge, including a major hill from the water’s edge. Once on the bridge I whipped out a peanut butter Gu to get me through the gradual hill.
Clearly I was running too fast for the radar to pick up my exact speed.
This is the view from the other side of the bridge in Marin County looking back on the city – I can see my apartment!
After running to, across and back from the bridge I traveled a total of 9.25 miles.
Immediately after taking this picture I completed my post-long run routine:
Serving of protein powder
Compression sleeves and tons of stretching
And then some TV until I cooled down enough to take a shower.
How do you recover from a long run/workout?
I am about to go for a long run this Saturday morning and there are a few ways I prepare for a 7plus mile run:
Friday night I make sure I eat a nice dinner – I was lucky enough last night to head to Japan town and enjoy some fish with one of my best buddies.
Then I make sure I get into bed around 10pm, which is hardly an issue after an extremely long and busy week.
In the morning I usually eat a banana and nut butter
And then gather all of my running goodies
put on my running clothes
(Clearly my self-photography skills need some work)
and head out the door with music in hand – Here I Go….
Do you do anything special before a long run or hard workout?
What does someone look like after a 10 1/2 hour work day full of meetings and a last minute project, a long bus ride home, a quick wardrobe change, a hilly 3 mile run and an 8 o’clock cottage cheese dinner?
Let’s just say I am ready for the weekend…I mean just look what I found in my freezer -
Clearly this woman needs a full 2 days of relaxation
I hope everyone had a nice National Running Day yesterday!?! Did you get in a run?
At 5 in the morning I laced up my running shoes and managed to squeeze in a quick 4 miles on the treadmill.
After peeling off my socks, taking a quick shower and donning a corporate wardrobe , I slipped on heels at 7 am and walked out the door to start a full day of meetings at work.
10 hours later I left the office and poured myself into a seat on the bus. One long bus commute home and I was able to change into comfy clothes and comfort my feet in Dave’s comfy slippers.
By 10pm the shoes were off and I was in bed – preparing myself to take on today in yet another assortment of shoes.
It’s almost Friday!
Youtube stars that is!
Before I could eat dinner with internet celebrities I first went for an 8 mile run. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to run those stairs I mentioned the other day at the 6.5 mile mark in my run. It was great for my endurance training but at the time my muscles were cringing with every stair.
I survived and came home to stretch before running some errands and then cleaning the apartment.
A quick drive over the bridge and we arrived at Dave’s childhood friend’s house for a summer evening BBQ.
Dave’s friend is Ross, the guy who was on the reality show Escape Routes. He has made some of my favorite Youtube videos and it is almost impossible to have a bad time when you are with him His girlfriend, Dana, is also a talented singer and performer and has some great Youtube videos as well.
So if you are looking for something to do while relaxing this Sunday click below:
Friday was a long 10 hour work day followed by a friend’s concert in the evening. It is now Saturday morning, and while I have two days of office-free time I am hardly sitting around twiddling my thumbs. On top of seeing friends and enjoying the San Francisco summer festivities, I have to run errands to prepare for the coming week, fit in a doctor’s appointment and squeeze in a long run. I am currently munching on some banana and sunbutter to fuel me in order to check off the running part of the to do list. The rest of the day will involve running from activity to activity so I’m sure by the end of the day I will have added a few miles to my total distance
But in between the craziness of fitting it all in I certainly have time to listen to this:
Enjoy your Saturday!