It has been more than a month since I last laced up my ASICS and took them for a spin. It didn’t really bother me that I hadn’t run in such a long time, I was starting to get a little antsy. But I’ve been patient. I know that in order to heal properly, I knew I had to give my body time to heal. Besides, in all honesty, I couldn’t really move. I tried going out to the store and such, but it would cause a lot of pain and discomfort.
This past weekend, was the Walt Disney World marathon. Lots of my friends were running it and I headed to Walt Disney World to say hello and get big hugs from them all. The walking was very tough. I did more walking than I wanted to. My rib pain started to flare up again but I KT Tape it right up. I iced it for 2 days and stayed off my feet. I started to feel better and I knew I was well enough to show my shoes some love.
Since it’s been over a month since I last did any running, I decided to walk, and give my body full control. In running the biggest thing you must have is patience. Everything happens in time and nothing happens over night. You can’t rush the process. Everything will happen in it’s time and you just have to trust the journey and trust yourself.
I dusted off my beautiful ASICS MetaRun shoes and I started on the treadmill. My back, and ribs are all taped up, which is great because it gave me that sense of security. I felt supported in case any sudden swelling or discomfort started, it wouldn’t be as painful.
I started off at 14 minutes pace to make sure I felt comfortable, I was breathing OK, and felt good. I was feeling so strong and ready, I pushed it to 13 minutes pace and I was able to stay there for 3 miles! This is a big deal because I don’t have it easy. I have more obstacles and problems than I would like. Running with the severity Scoliosis I have, definitely makes things a bit more challenging. And with all the new problems I have been running into, yes it seems impossible. But there is no such thing for me.
I do push my body, but I am being smart about it, I promise. I have given my body full control and the first sign of discomfort or weakness, I will rest it off. There is a lot I want to do in life, I refuse to let this condition keep me in a box. My story isn’t over and I fully intend to fight this Scoliosis battle head on and I will NEVER back down. I am a fighter, and I believe I can do anything so long as I believe in myself.
I am over the moon happy that I just knocked out 3 miles walking on the treadmill! Again, this is a big deal because it’s a step forward…a few actually 😉 I will take it easy and start off slow. I will work my way back up and running 4 to 5 times a week. But for now, I will walk and listen VERY closely to the signals. I have come too far to give up now. I may be on a new journey, but it will still lead me to where I want to be…..a RUNNER.