photo by jonny concrete
last weekend i raced for the first time since my surgery. it has been 3 months and change since my myomectomy and 57 days since i started training again.
i’ll be honest. the race was challenging for me, though it was only four miles. my legs weren’t responding to my brain’s demands to move faster, even on the downhills. but i finished. and i finished 1131 out of 6,225 runners… 47th out of the 1,324 in my age group, and 947 of the 3,103 women. Aquaphor
renewed my sponsorship and things don’t feel nearly as grim as they did when i first resumed training.
my first weeks back i dealt mostly with the treadmill. intervals and hills were few and far between and i had take walk breaks. a lot… not something i was accustomed to. i had visions of never being able to run at my old speeds again. i tried to keep in mind that healing such a trauma is physically and emotionally demanding… and that any normal human being would go through the same recovery process. it wasn’t always easy, and i was frustrated many, many times, but finally, three weeks ago, i made it through my long run without stopping, and then through 6 x 800 meters the next day, also without stopping… and at almost pre-surgery paces.
i still have a ways to go, but i am finally getting back. i am writing this for anyone in a similar situation: it does get better, i promise! you do get fit, well, and happy again!
i have also kept up with acupuncture, as much as time and finances will allow… it has been integral in my healing, internally and externally. my scar and my body are healing, and i am feeling better and better everyday.
i cannot express my thanks enough to everyone who has helped and encouraged me throughout my process. ya’all are amazing and i am a lucky girl.