It was the best of times; it was the worst of times....
No, not Charles Dicken's famous novel, but the summer of 2017. Specifically, my summer.
This summer was a polar opposite example of what my typical summers are like. My summer started off great, but the greatness was short-lived....read on:
In May, the Des Moines Women's Half Marathon
and the Market to Market Relay
both ushered me into summer with an enthusiastic excitement for what was to come. (Both thumbs-up!)
|I ran this 13.1 course with practically ZERO effort, and had a great finish time|
|Market-to-Market Relay...I ran a cumulative 16 miles|
In early June, I ran my 10th consecutive Dam to Dam Half Marathon
....although we had some unexpected high heat and humidity, that race has been my favorite race ever since the first time I ran it. (Another thumbs-up!)
|Another Dam race with the hubby|
And, let's not forget Grandma's Marathon
! Although I had a weird energy/fatigue crash, I never felt like quitting, and I had a blast running most of the race with my gal pal, Rachel
. In the end, I wound up setting a "course PR" (though not by much)...but a HUGE thumbs-up
none the less.
|Feeling oh-so-tired, but energized as well|
Then, a few days following Grandma's finish line, my world did a complete 180. A recent outburst of knee bursitis returned with a vengeance, landing me (unexpectedly) on the operating table with an emergency surgery to clean out a staph infection (that one of my local docs had missed). (Major thumbs down!)
I spent an entire week in the hospital, fighting the staph infection and waiting for the suture seam to stop draining. So, the running shoes were carefully put into hiding, and I began the slow process of recovering from a surgery that probably could have been avoided. (thumbs-down to the max)
|My week-long vacay came complete with an IV and wound vac|
Thankfully, my infection was not as bad as it could have been. The surgeon informed me that we caught it just in time, or I may have needed a skin graft to correct the damage done...and my running days would have probably ended. Yikes! That was a definite thumbs-up
(in the big picture scheme of things).
|My new reality|
In an attempt to make the best of my less-than-desirable situation, I started naming some of the major players. (triple thumbs-ups)
|The IV pole that accompanied my every move in the hospital was named Guido|
|The PICC line that went home with me was named Linus|
|And the suture seam/scar that would be with me for the rest of my life? His name is Voldemort|
I had two races on my summer schedule that had to take a DNS (Did Not Start)... and I had some pretty painful FOMO to face. (definitely two thumbs-downs)
When all of the stitches were removed, I was given clearance to walk (with caution). With that, I had a new perspective.....although I wouldn't be running in the early summer hours, I could still get outside and WALK. (Bigger-than-life thumbs-up!)
|I was SO happy to be back outside in my favorite season|
Throughout all of this, I had a pretty significant revelation: Instead of being bitter and envious of all of my friends who were logging miles in the summer heat, I chose to be thankful for what I could do. I was still able to be outside, after all, and I was still able to walk (even if it wasn't my sport of choice). There are lots of other injured runners who can't even do that, and they'd probably trade places with me if given the chance. Every mile is a gift and should be appreciated, no matter how slow, hot, or uncomfortable. (Big thumbs-up!)
I have logged many miles (like, 270+ miles) this summer (since that surgery) by means of walking, and have been able to keep my fitness in check. In fact, I may be in even better shape now than I was before the surgery. I certainly have a much better perspective on things, and I know I will never take another mile, run, or race for granted. Ever. How's that for a thumbs-up
So, all in all, I have to give the Summer of 2017 a thumbs-up
. It certainly wasn't anything I could have predicted, but it was what I was given and I'm happy to be coming out of it a better, stronger person. Life is, after all, what you make it, right?
How did the summer treat you? Any big goals knocked outta the park? Any setbacks? Any requests for a do-over?
**I'm linking up with Marcia and Patty and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run... We're talking about Summer 2017. Join the party!
...and with Susie and Debbie and Rachel and Lora for the Running Coaches' Corner.
**And with Nicole and Annmarie and Jen for the Wild Wednesday Workout
It was not an easy summer for you, but you certainly persevered! Its awesome how you decided to walk so much. Im sure you will have a smooth transition back to running when its time!ReplyDelete
Fingers crossed! As much as I have embraced walking, I:m ready for something else LOLDelete
Life is definitely what you make it and you certainly made some very delicious lemonade out of that weird twist of fate. Can't wait for you to make your return to running!ReplyDelete
ha ha...yes, I have been slamming the lemonade (and an occasional slice of pie) ;-)Delete
It's all about how you look at things, right? I know you had lots of FOMO. Your return to the road will be that much sweeter! You're almost there. And we've got plans.ReplyDelete
Yes, indeed, we have plans ;-)Delete
Your ability to always see the positive in every situation is so refreshing and always makes smileReplyDelete
Awhhhh, thanks ;-) Cowering in a corner and being bitter wouldn't have made my recovery go any faster...Delete
Wow -- I am amazed that you give your summer a thumbs up -- you have every right to do the opposite! But yes, often times we do come out of adversity stronger than ever. We definitely don't enjoy it, but then again, you can't enjoy the highs without the lows.ReplyDelete
My summer was okay. Not bad, I guess good overall, often frustrating, and busy. I'm happy I got in a few hikes because before you know it I won't be able to hike anymore. Hoping to get in a few when the leaves are changing too!
Well, there were times when I felt the opposite, but being negative about my situation did me no good. Staying optimistic really helped me stay focused on the future instead of dwelling on my current realiltyDelete
Gosh what a summer you had. I can relate in a way though - after getting sick and working through the FOMO, I realized that I had to be grateful for anything that I was able to do because it could have been a lot worse.ReplyDelete
FOMO is painful, isn't it? Almost worse than the injury/recovery itself.Delete
Your summer started off so good but what a bummer on the way out. I've admired your positivity and ability to keep doing what you can when dealt a really tough card!ReplyDelete
It was an interesting summer, for sure!Delete
You definitely did not have an easy summer, but I am so glad that you were able to keep your positivity throughout the whole experience.ReplyDelete
This summer will definitely go down in history LOLDelete
You have definitely had an interesting summer! Thanks for taking us all along on the ride! Looking forward to hearing what the end of the year has in store for you.ReplyDelete
I'm eager for a new season and a new beginningDelete
Your #glasshalffull has certainly been very impressive. I may have just curled up in a ball for a lengthy pity party. I can't wait to watch your amazing comeback!ReplyDelete
There were times when I wanted to curl up and hide, but I knew that would not accomplish anything...so I just tried to keep looking on the bright side of my situationDelete
You've definitely made the most of a situation most people would wallow in. I'm so glad you were able to see the upside and enjoy your summer!ReplyDelete
Thanks ;-) It wasn't easy...but it made me strongerDelete
We had so much fun at Grandma's! I'm glad we got to race together and your knee didn't totally derail your plans. And more importantly, I'm glad it's healing nicely and that you've been so active this summer!ReplyDelete
Grandma's totally rocked (despite the crazy heat and exhaustion in the final miles). Yes, we need to find another race ;-)Delete
I've totally admired your attitude through all of this. I've loved following along with your story this summer. You rock, Kim!!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Jessica! I appreciate your support ;-)Delete
I think you are amazing. You took something that would send mostly anyone else into a deep depression and made it into something good. Youve walked more miles than i can count and I know when you start running again it will be better than ever.ReplyDelete
I'm excited to get back in the running shoes!Delete