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A Lesson In Patience

3 Sep

Anyone who knows me knows I’m probably the least patient person on the face of the planet. I want what I want when I want it and God help the world if that doesn’t happen.

Going through this experience with my ankle has kind of put things in perspective for me, I’ve had no choice but to be patient. I’ve gone from the attitude of, “I want to run and I want to run now!” to, “When I finally get back out there I’m going to be better than ever.”

ankle surgery

The day of surgery. I wasn’t feeling too hot after.

I’ve come to realize that by going through all of this I’ve actually fixed a problem I never knew I had and if I give my body the time it needs I will be rewarded.

Sure, I’ve thrown some temper tantrums over the course of the past few months but I’ve learned that no amount of tantruming will get me to wellness. My body needs time. Even though I feel like I’m 23 I’m not and I don’t bounce back as quickly from things as I used to.

Ankle surgery recovery

I did a lot of this.

So I sit here plotting and planning my triumphant return to running. I know what milestones I have to meet and when I need to meet them to achieve the goal of running in the 2015 Philly Love Run. Until I am cleared to start running again I will patiently wait for the doctor’s orders. I will not lace up my shoes and attempt a five mile run once I receive his blessing to run either.

I can’t say for sure but the bigger lesson in patience may actually come once I start running again. Taking it slow to avoid re-injury might just be worse than waiting to be able to run again. I’ll just have to cross that bridge when I come to it though and hopefully the patience I’ve gained over the past few months will help me through the next stage in this recovery.

Ankle surgery crutches

Bye bye crutches, hello fun.

Where have you received your greatest lesson in patience? How has it helped you to grow as a person?


RICE For Recovery

28 Aug

Every athlete worth his or her salt knows what RICE is, mostly because we’ve all had to use it at some point.

For those not in the know RICE stands for; rest, ice, compression, elevation and is what you need when you’re injured.

Although I used RICE when I first started to feel pain in my foot and ankle I still had to go through a pretty invasive surgery to correct the problem. About six weeks ago I went under the knife had have been going through the amazingly slow process to become well again.

RICE has also become an integral part of my post surgical recovery but it’s a little bit different this time around.


Turkey Hill All Natural

Let’s face it, when you go from averaging 20-30 miles a week to being stuck on the couch or in bed it does things to you. It didn’t take long before I was feeling pretty down and out. I was definitely resting, since it was downright painful to get around those first few weeks. I was constantly elevated since it hurt not to be. All that was missing was the ice cream.

After a long day of sitting on the couch, staring at the TV my carton of Turkey Hill All Natural ice cream gave me the pick me up I needed. On days when Bill was traveling and the kids were at grandparent’s house I found a way to crutch my way to the freezer and back with my ice cream and a spoon. I found creative ways to get my treat and lift my sprits.

I’m getting closer to walking everyday and the fact that I made it through those first, mind-blowingly difficult weeks was due, in no small part, to my Turkey Hill ice cream.

In celebration of my recovery I want to share the Turkey Hill All Natural ice cream love with YOU!

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