First, just wanted to say Thank You to all of the comments on the last post - ya'll really are the best blog buddies! Me and hubs went on our first bike ride last night and had a nice time. We did, however, pick the same trail that my running group was running on... So, I got to see the group I usually run with out there running their last group run. It was nice in a sense, but it was also a little bit disheartening -maybe that's the word I'm looking for. Anyways, back to the bike riding - when did bikes become so complicated? Seriously. This thing has several gears and I'm not sure which one I'm suppose to be in - which one is the easiest!? We only did 3 miles last night (according to our new little gadget), but it was still a good workout and a lot of fun. Hubs beat me though. The other night after we bought the bikes, we had a little drive down the neighborhood in which I beat him by a long run...so we had a little competition going last night - and well, I L.O.S.T. LOL Big time. But, in my defense, I couldn't figure out the bike. So, maybe next time?
I went to the Dr again yesterday for my legs. It's been two weeks since my last appointment and according to him, I should've been feeling pretty good by now...Well, that isn't the case. So, I went back to the Dr and this time he did X-Rays...(which yes, he should've done the first time)... And guess what? I've got a stress fracture in BOTH legs. Yes, you read that right - both.
So, I'm officially not doing the half marathon I've been training so hard for. I'm really depressed about it too. This was THE biggest goal (physically) that I've ever set for myself and now I feel as if I failed it. I just don't understand why my legs/bones wont hold up when other people's will... Stupid, I know, but it's whats going through my head right now. All I wanted was to do the race this weekend and to get that finisher's medal...But, instead, I'll get a race t-shirt which I'll never wear because I didn't do the race...Ugh.
Anyways, moving forward... I can't run until December and even then I have to start off slow. But the Dr does want me to do some sort of exercise and told me that I could start biking... Which I thought was pretty cool since my husband has been wanting us to start that.. So, when I called my hubbie crying because I couldn't run, he said not to worry, we were going to go get bikes. So, last night, we went to the sports store and bought ourselves two bikes and plan on riding them tonight! I'm so excited! :)
This morning I did a little search on daily Bible verses. I'm not sure what possessed me to do this, as I've never ever done this before... But I hit a few sites and I came upon the same verse twice. So, I've written it down and have posted it on my calendar. It's a great verse and it plays pretty well into my life right now. I thought I'd share... Please forgive me if I quote it wrong...as I'm just going by what I've found on the net.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
I know it's hard not to be anxious or stressed out over things going on in our lives (atleast for me it is), but I also know that God doesn't want us to worry. So, today I'm really focusing on handing over my worries to Him and letting peace fill my heart.
So, as some of you may remember, I pulled a calf muscle a few weeks back while running and I've been struggling ever since. Well, I've been pushing through because I've only got around 3 weeks left till my half marathon (my 1st one ever)... Yesterday I could barely walk. I ran an awesome 5 miles Tuesday night, but when I woke up Wednesday - I was sure that something major was wrong. And there was/is. I've had really bad shin splints for a while now and they've not gotten better (because, I push through instead of laying off). I went to the Dr yesterday and he informed me that my leg muscles are so swollen right now that they're pinching my nerves - and that's why it hurts so bad and my toes are going numb. I'm dead serious when I say that I couldn't walk yesterday. I walked slower than a senior citizen who has a walker. Seriously. So, what's wrong you say?
I have the beginnings of Compartment Syndrome and had I not went in yesterday...had I waited, he would've had to cut open my legs to release the pressure and/or I could've lost my legs due to cell death. That's super scary! Now, the bright side to all of this is... He knows that I want to run this half marathon badly. He knows that as soon as I "feel" better that I'm going to start running again...So he told me to lay off the running for a few days - till atleast Sunday, use a heating pad as much as possible, take hot baths, elevate my legs as much as possible, and gave me a HUGE dose of steroids to take for a week. If I do all of this, I should be fine. I can run my half marathon - maybe even train some (just not as much) and then after the half - don't run for a good month. I'm okay with that. I just want to finish this race. Bad. This race means a tremendous amount to me - it's THE highest physical goal that I have EVER had. I didn't play sports as a child - I have a heart condition and was told that I would die if I did play. My parents were really protective of me...So this is huge for me. This is for me, it's MINE. So, yes I will run that half... and yes, I might have to walk a tremendous amount..but it will be worth it - for me.
Just please pray that my legs heal super quick and that I can do this half marathon and put it behind me. I really want that finisher's medal.
So, Hollie posted a challenge a few days ago - the "Me, Right Now" Challenge. The challenge is to take a picture of yourself - as you are, right now. Let me just warn you...the 2nd picture might become permanently etched in the back of your head - don't say I didn't warn you. There are SO many things wrong with the 2nd picture and it's one that I'd NEVER post out on the internet had it not been for this challenge.... That being said...
Picture NumeroUno - Tuesday right after work... Keep in mind, I get up at 4am because I work the early shift and have a commute... Also, I have no idea why the pink tint.
Now, the 2nd picture...There was some humidity in the air...and I ran 5 miles...Me just a few hours after this first picture...Picture courtesy of my husband who loves to poke fun of my "running beauty."
Now, I'm gonna have to ask Hollie how it is she looks so good after running...obviously I need help!! And HELLO - love my outfit - it's quite slimming, don't ya think? not.