Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Celebrate Small Victories

I'm going to be absolutely selfish today and talk about me.  Me, me, me and what I have to celebrate.  Please just bear with me for a moment.

I went to the doctor Monday after ten weeks of healing my metatarsal stress fracture.  10 weeks!  I was still experiencing pain which made no sense.  I found out my fracture is completely, and she repeated this many times over, healed. (I also inferred it had been healed for some time.)  There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of my foot bones or joints.  Celebrate! 

Apparently the lingering pain is caused from a probable neuroma, which is common after foot trauma.  The doctor indicated it would not hurt anything to run with this neuroma.  Celebrate!  She cautioned me not to go run 30 miles the next day.  {Now why would she say something like that?}

Tuesday, I decided I had to see if I could run with the neuroma pain.  I promised myself, PROMISED, I would not go over 2 miles.  And that's what I did, with no stops.  It felt uncomfortable at times, but my foot also felt strong -- if that makes any sense.  I was also quite pleased and surprised with my pace.  Celebrate! 

Wednesday, was a planned bike ride but when I woke up late and at 38 degrees I decided I'd try another short run.  I promised myself, PROMISED, I would not run over 3 miles.  And that's what I did, with no stops.  It was my favorite type of run...a progression: 10:00/9:30/9:00 (ish) Celebrate! 

Today I celebrate my small victories.  I know have a long road (pun intended) ahead of me.  But I plan to celebrate every teeny tiny victory along the way.  Oh, here's one more.  I have on real shoes today -- no running shoes, no sports flip flops with socks (oh yes, I did that!).  Celebrate! 
 
 
What will you celebrate today?


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69 comments:

  1. GREAT NEWS!!! I am celebrating with you! :D

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    1. Let's have a big party! With red velvet cake!

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    2. I want in!!!! I love a party! :)

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  2. Yay! Best news ever.

    BTW, I had some residual pain after my 3rd metatarsal stress fracture. And that big toe, well he still yacks at me occasionally! He doesn't like sleeping in the faux Strassburg sock either. Apparently flexion is not my friend...

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    1. This pain may be something that lasts awhile or may even be permanent. If that's the case, I hope it will lessen somewhat! I'm very relieved the fracture has healed.

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    1. Thanks. Me too! I've got to remember to say "whoa" though.

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  4. Congrats! Being healed up is definitely reason to celebrate!

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    1. Yes, especially after the length of time it has been. Patience is not one of my strong suits.

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  5. I'm celebrating with you & for you... but still want you to be careful ;) haha

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    1. Thanks for joining the party! Believe me, being careful is always in the back of my mind!

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  6. Yay awesome news about your foot! Celebrate on my friend it's a great feeling isn't it?!

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    1. It's definitely a feeling of relief to know the fracture is completely healed. The other pain, I'll just have to learn to deal with.

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  7. OH MY GOSH! Yay! Best news ever!!!! I am so happy for you!!!!

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    1. Thanks! It's been a long time coming.

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  8. That is great news, hooray! Small victories are the best. Today I celebrate finishing my thesis work (and tomorrow I will celebrate presenting it and getting my Master's in Public Health!)

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    1. That is wonderful! I know you've put a lot of hard work into your thesis work. I hope you plan to celebrate in a big, big way!

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  9. Yay, that's great news! I'm glad that you were able to run.

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    1. Thanks. It a small step and will be a slow process but also very rewarding.

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  10. woohooo! What great news! And def worth a celebration:)

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    1. I know! I've been doing the happy dance for two days now.

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  11. Yeah !!! So happy for you. Definitely a reason to celebrate !

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    1. Thanks, Karen. I got to keep reminding myself to go slow and keep up the crazy alternate training.

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  12. YAY that is awesome news!!! Keep taking it easy and you'll be back to where you were with zero more injuries in no time:)

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    1. I hope so Kristy. I pray this neuroma will not be a permanent thing either. I will not run again until this weekend, trying to build slowly.

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  13. so so happy for you. Can't wait to read about your comeback.

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    1. Thanks, Darlene. I'm chomping at the bit -- you know how it is.

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  14. I'm celebrating with you too! I was ecstatic when you called to tell me your good news! Now we just direct our prayers to pain relief! Ha! Have a wonderful day!!!!!

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    1. Yeah, stupid neuroma. I hope I'm tough enough to weather through that.

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  15. Congrats on your foot. I am sorry about the neuroma. It can suck. I find that my patients do well with some padding in their running shoes. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.

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    1. I ordered a metatarsal pad yesterday on Amazon. I'll have it before my next run. I hope that will help! I may need some advice in the coming weeks! Thanks!

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  16. So, so, so happy for you!! YAY for being healed!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I hope things just continue to improve from here.

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  17. So happy for you Holly! That is awesome! I don't have any experience with the neuromas - hopefully that is manageable and you find you haven't lost much fitness (I should hope not -you were out there crushing it!)

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    1. I am wearing my HR strap monitor on my runs for the first time ever. My average HR is definitely higher than when cycling by about 10 beats. I hope that will come down a little as I get used to running again.

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  18. WOO HOO! this is time to celebrate! Don't over do it! congrats!!!! I know you have been waiting on those words!

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    1. I'm trying, MB. It's a delicate balance to continue my recovery but get my foot strong enough for WDW.

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  19. AWESOME!!!!! May I celebrate (virtually) with you, with a chai latte' perhaps? I'm so happy and excited for this great news ;-)

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    1. Absolutely! {Clink -- that's my mug of gingerbread latte} I'm trying not to get ahead of myself, though.

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    2. Whohooo!! Celebrate good times....come on!!! So exciting and happy for you!

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    3. Thanks! I hope 2016 will be a better year!

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  20. ROCK ON, HOHO!!! This is the best holiday present you could ever ask for! It's just going to keep getting even more positive from here on out, too!!!

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    1. Thanks, Emily. I hope I can keep my head on straight and not get all crazy.

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  21. Awesome!! So glad to hear your stress fracture is healed! Yay!! So happy for you!

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    1. Thanks Sharon. I hope it just gets better from here on out.

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  22. That is FABULOUS news and worthy of MULTIPLE celebrations! The small victories should always be celebrated!

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    1. I think I'll do a little happy dance in the street after every run. The neighbors already think I'm weird.

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  23. I am really happy for you!! I am SO Impressed that you are picking up where you left off :) It seems all the crazy cross training really paid off.
    10 weeks is a good long time to let your bones have rest!! You did so much better than I did...and yes, I know exactly what you mean that you can tell your foot feels strong. I have that sensation in my leg, it is hard to describe to someone, but I can tell when the leg is good even when other things hurt.

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    1. 10 weeks felt like an eternity! I'm glad to know this residual pain is nothing fatal. Maybe it was good I had it to give my foot extra healing time? I'm going with that anyway! Hopefully the pain will go away soon. Believe me, I'll try every remedy I can find!

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  24. Yay! I'll toast to healthy feet! And to no more socks + flip flops!

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    1. I admit, I like my socks and flip flops. I'm sad to see it end.

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  25. Yay!!! Such awesome news! I'm so happy to hear this! I was wondering when you'd be approved for running again. I hope this pain goes away soon, but at least you can enjoy running even while it's still there.

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    1. The pain has already gotten so much better since I posted this. I'm very encouraged.

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  26. That's great news! Soon, you'll be racing again! But don't try it too soon - ha!

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  27. Yay, Holly, you certainly have a lot to celebrate! Your persistence in cardio cross-training during your injury are paying off now. I have a neuroma that I've had for quite some time. Metatarsal bumps in my orthotics have really helped with the pain.

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. s/b: "is" paying off now. ;-)

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    2. It is just a matter of find that perfect spot to relieve the pain. It has gotten much better this week and I'm very encouraged.

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  28. Because I am excited for you, I too, will celebrate YOU today!! I am so happy to hear this. Before ever being injured I wouldn't have really understood what this means but now, I feel ya and am high fiving you BIG TIME!! Happy Healthy Running!!

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    1. Thanks, Diane. I hope your leg is feeling much better too. It is so frustrating to have something (anything!) like that!

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  29. So excited for you, and I really do hope you are able to get back and ready for the Disney Marathon, I know you don't have much time. But you've done really well keeping in such great shape on the bike, that it might just be a matter of getting used to being on the feet again to pull it off:) Fingers crossed for you too!
    Love the last picture on the bike, man it looks like summer there so pretty! I have a fresh new foot of snow out my window and while I am excited about the snow, give me a few weeks and I am going to be wishing I was somewhere warm like you are!
    Is it my imagination, or did you change up the colors on your blog? They look great!

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    1. I was sweltering in that picture. Thanks for noticing the colors! I've been playing around with creating a logo - but I'm still not happy with it yet. Part of that process required a few changes.

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  30. What great news! Today I am celebrating with you after reading this. I'm so glad your stress fracture is healed and you're allowed to get back out there again. Woohoo!

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    1. Thanks, Meagan. One step at a time...

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