Looking back …
This morning when I got up I decided this would be a good day for reflection on a number of things. The first item that I need to be thankful for is my health. I have reached a point in my life where I needed to make a change to be able to have a long and healthy lifespan. My mother lived to be 86 and my father 92. If I am going to live that long, I don’t want to be some crippled old person confined to a wheelchair. I want to live out my days like my father did, healthy and on the go until the last day of breath.
Today it is 2 years, 2 months since the peroneal tendon injury that really caused me to take notice and work hard to regain my fitness from my high school years. When I was attempting to start running again after 25+ years, my mind and body were not in sync. My mind still thought I was the slim, fit runner from my 20’s. My body however was at least 100 lbs over weight and wasn’t going to let that happen without injury. It was a long process from March to May 14th of 2010 when I actually had the surgery. Wearing a boot, on and off crutches and not losing any weight made life miserable. After surgery it was almost august before I could drive again, and it was torture.
For those of you who have squeamish stomachs, you might not want to look at the next picture. This is the 1 week post surgery checkup to have the sutures removed. Look at the swelling.. OUCH!
Now luckily it doesn’t look that bad. The scar isn’t so pretty, but I consider it to be a battle scar. A wound that shows my courage to get back on both feet and try again. I would highly encourage anyone with an injury to pay attention to your body. It will tell you when something is wrong, and you have to be smart enough to LISTEN. Not listening can get you a scar like mine.
So now it’s 2 years, and 2 months past surgery. I have lost 64lbs, and have started running again. So far since March I have run 99.7 miles, done 9 5K’s, and a segmented half marathon. Looking at the graph below, it seems that I am making slow progress on my pace. It is coming down, though not as fast as I had hoped.
That’s ok though. I realize that I am now 50 years old, and still overweight, and according to the BMI scale, I am still obese. I would have thought that after losing 64 pounds I could say that I am “overweight”, but I guess I’m not there yet. I am proud of what I have done so far, and I am going to stick with it. I will get under 200lbs, and more!
I had been wondering if doing all this blogging was even worth the effort. I spent countless hours reading all the running blogs that I can find, looking for tips and trying to make friends that have gone through the same thing as me with their weight. I was pleased to get this message on Facebook from a friend, and it encouraged me so much!
Weez! I can’t believe how incredibly amazing you look! You are doing wonderful. I have been following your blog and you have inspired a former standout runner and busy mama to pick it up again. I’m only on my second week, but I have been consistently running everyday and I have fallen right back in love with my former passion! I ran in high school and college and like a lot of folks, you know after work, begins marriage and babies, and things fall through the cracks. I’m on a mission to shed the pounds, but most importantly enjoy pounding the pavement again. I just wanted to tell you how much of an inspiration you’ve been and enjoy your road races this summer. Maybe one day we will meet up at one. Best wishes! Alicia C.
So yes, I will keep plugging away at my running and blogging and hoping that someone else out there might be encouraged enough to pick it up again, like I did. Love to you all!
This article was originally posted by Louise Cunningham on Runnersramblings.com.