Slow and Steady

I got some good news this week, in the form of a very negative MRI report.  In the words of the radiologist who read it, “nothing exciting” – which I find very, very exciting.  

I’ve been slowly trying to up my activity after a couple of weeks of rest (made easier thanks to my night rotation at work – staying up all night and sleeping all day make me not want to do much of anything anyway).  Now that I’ve rejoined the daytime and am reassured by the fact that there is nothing majorly torn or raggedy on the MRI, it’s time to get this show on the road.

I’m doing my best to start out easy – despite the rest and the unexciting report, this thing still hurts! Went out for a hike on Thursday with my sister and the pooches, and was able to walk a couple of miles through the woods pain-free (yay!).

Mya hitting the trails

Excuse me, did someone say treat?

Sisterly company 🙂

Saturday I hit the bike with my wonderful husband who very patiently dragged me through a 20 mile ride on the road.  I really am not sure how it was possible that, on an out and back loop, the freezing wind was howling in my face the entire time… but that’s neither here nor there.  I was freezing cold and sore, but it wasn’t too bad. I’m going to have to get very well acquainted with my bike during this little rehab process.

Today was the big test – woke up feeling good, and finally went for a little run for the first time in over 2 weeks.  Made it through a little over 3 miles.  Felt pretty good through the whole thing, but was definitely done at the end of it – but able to walk without much pain afterward.  Slowly making some progress.

Hitting the pavement (yuck) – but better than nothing!

I’m pretty nervous about how quickly this will heal, and how much it has/will set me back.  Right now I’m trying to stay positive and modify my goals to fit this unfortunate turn of events.  I am signed up for the traprock 50k next weekend – I know 50k isn’t going to happen, but I’m hopeful I’ll be able to at least run one loop of the course.  A 10 mile run would be a pretty big step up right now and definitely encouraging.  In the meantime, it’s ice, ibuprofen, strength training, cross-training, and a lot of finger crossing and wishful thinking.  I’ve got 14 weeks to go until the VT 100 – I’m hopeful I can do it!!!

Oh, and P.S. – Happy Easter everyone!!  Enjoy a peanut butter egg on me 😉

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