I will never take my ability to run for granted. Funny how easy it is to forget about those three dark and dreary years – all that time and energy and money spent on physical therapy, massages, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and surgery after surgery after surgery. Not to mention all that pain and discomfort and the endless missing out of all the things you truly love to do. But yet, I’m still grateful for every step I am able to comfortably run!
This past weekend I ran an undercover, super secret yet not so secret trail marathon on the trails behind my home. I made the decision to run it the day before and I had a blast! The idea that I could just go out and run a marathon is still unfathomable to me, but now it is my reality. How absolutely crazy is that?!? Aren’t marathons supposed to be big deal?
To say I’m absolutely thrilled with how things turned out for me is an understatement, but it wasn’t easy and I cried A LOT! I recently listened to a an interview with Lauren Fleshman on Chasing Your Dreams and Building Mental Strength where she talked about her own battle with serious injury including flying to Sweden for surgery and it stirred many emotions in me. I am so happy I didn’t give in, although I wanted to so many times, and I went from never thinking I would be able to run again to now being signed up for my first hundred miler – OMG!
Here’s the racap of my FAI battle, which I happily won!!! I hope my little story can give a little hope to those struggling with similar FAI issues to keep up the clamshells and endless hip flexor stretching and to not give up on running or skiing or whatever it is that you like to do until you are truly ready to move onto something else. Believe or not, there is more to life than hips, running, and glute exercises 🙂
It was a long haul…
- FAI Surgery #1 – December 9, 2011: Left hip femoroplasty, acetabuloplasty, labral repair, and iliopsoas tendon release.
- Capsular Repair – January 17, 2013: Left hip capsular repair (tightening of iliofemoral ligament) along with some cartilage debridement and scar tissue removal.
- FAI Surgery #2 – November 14, 2013: Right hip femoroplasty and capsular repair (tightening of iliofemoral ligament).
- First Ultra Post FAI Surgery Crap – September 13, 2014: Montana’s Rut 50K
To quote Lauren Fleshman, “There will be relief in knowing you tried everything… give yourself a chance.”
Not many things in life can compare to the joy I feel when I float along the trails with my puppy Roo. My BF and Roo paced me the last five miles of this past weekend’s marathon and I can’t think of a time I had more fun running. I felt good and had a blast. Running is a gift I was thankfully given again and I will do my best to never take it for granted.