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One Year Later

17 Jul

It’s hard to believe that a year ago today I had my ankle surgery, it feels like so long ago that I was going through the pain and frustration. It’s been a hell of a year and while my ankle still feels stiff from time to time I’d say I’m fully recovered.

ankle surgery

In the year since my surgery I’ve worked pretty hard. From the day I was cleared to start running again I dedicated myself to smart training and made a nice comeback. My first race back was the last race I ran before it all fell apart, the Philly Love Half Marathon. I trained hard (but smart) and I ran it hard scoring myself a personal record.

I didn’t stop with that one race though. I ran a virtual 10K, the Broad Street Run, a virtual 5 miler and a 5.3 mile charity race where I came in sixth place overall and was the second woman to cross the finish line.

Running isn’t the only thing I’ve been up to either, I’ve started kickboxing too. I have to say that I was really nervous about kickboxing. I was worried that I might kick the bag and ruin all the hard work the surgeon had done. I worried that one wrong step would put me right back where I was before. My ankle has held up as though there was never anything wrong with it.

When I look back at last summer and compare it to the summer we’re having now I have to smile. Last summer the kids didn’t get to do anything fun since I spent most of the summer laid up on the couch and all of the summer in the boot of shame. This summer this kids have gotten to go to camp and or vacation home in Maryland. We’ve been going out and doing things, having fun experiences. They even got a dog, but more on that later.

It was a loooooooong, hard road but I came out on the other side and now that I can sit back a year later and reflect on the experience, it was all worth it.

one year later

What you see above is all I have left to show for what I went through. Eventually I plan to put a tattoo there of a little runner girl running across what’s left of the scar.

I might even celebrate this anniversary with a nice run.


Buh Bye Boot

20 Sep

Nine weeks ago I went in for ankle surgery. I went into it not really knowing what to expect and every step of the way things didn’t go the way I thought they would.

My latest appointment was earlier this week and I finally received the news I felt would never come, I don’t have to wear the boot anymore. I can say that was probably the best news I’ve ever received and as soon as I walked out of the office I felt like I had been freed from prison. The air smelled just a little bit sweeter.


Of course I forgot to grab my shoe before I left the house so I had to leave in the boot, but at least I knew I only had minutes to go.

It’s not over yet, I still have four to six weeks of physical therapy to go but I’m confident I’ll be lacing up those running shoes again by November 1st…If not sooner.

For now gaining my independence is the best part. I hadn’t driven since July 16th and depending on family for rides was getting old. I know Bill and my parents didn’t really mind but I hated to have them stop what they were doing to take me to work or the grocery store.

That first solo drive with the music blasting and the sunroof open was pure bliss. Just another step to feeling whole again.

Physical therapy has begun and already, after two sessions, I can feel a major difference in the range of motion. Each day things feel a little less tight and strained. Each day my limp gets a little less pronounced. Each day I’m feeling stronger than the day before.

I know I have a long way to go but I’m confident I’ll get it all back and then some.

Have you ever had to deal with coming back from a lengthy injury? Tell me about it.

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