Thursday, October 16, 2014

Back to the grind with some thoughtful reflections.

This is serious happiness right here! 

Hey Guys! TGIT! That's what I'm saying today!

YES!! I had one of those runs where everything came together. It all made sense. My patience paid off. My body rewarded my mind. I was cheering myself out loud on the trail. Delerium, I suppose.  It was just a great run!!

Not because it was super fast or long but because I felt everything working. My mind was on fire. My body has healed. Today I was ready. 

You guys know I've been running easy for 2 weeks now. If you're just tuning in I fully fractured my fibula about 7 weeks ago. Complete devastation.  However, now that I'm moving on (YAY) I'm in reflection mode. I sometimes wonder how I maintain my enthusiasm, spirit and fire for a sport that has stolen my legs several times. Yes, I love running..but it's not just me logging the miles. I feel like I have dream team that won't let me fall. 

I can't tell you how much I appreciate all your support and encouragement. You guys always cheer me on. Sub 3 at Boston or a broken leg. There is always someone that says something that makes me smile.  And I never forget a comment! Trust me, I need them when I'm dying on my last .25 of a 23 miler. Thank you! You guys rock!

Yesterday, my Coach said something that got me thinking. Then, I had a massage that left me feeling brand new. I told a few people, "It's happening tomorrow." I was mentally and physically ready to roll! Everything clicked. 

During the past 2 months I have spent endless hours working on itty bitty running specific muscles that were weak. Muscles I didn't know existed. Muscles that will stay strong and keep me away from the MRI tube!  

I would be remiss in not acknowledging my Massage Therapist, John Stiner for his guidance in my recovery. A lot of you guys have been on his table recently. That makes me so happy. As I always tell him: fix my friends!  He's like the spiked Kool-Aid at homecoming. I want everyone to have some! 

John has spent incessant hours keeping my tissues fluid and healthy. He also has provided invaluable knowledge about every fiber of my running being. I get it now. At John's suggestion I have spend many painstaking hours, days and weeks doing strengthening exercises (I will do a post on these). I feel like a different runner. I feel stronger and much more informed. John is more than a LMBT. He will fix you, give you all the info you need to succeed and then set you on fire. Thank you!

The trifecta is complete with the help of my Coach, David Roche. I can't explain how great it is to have David on my side. I don't think, "Coach" is a good enough word. David is beyond that. He has listened to me cry and whine for a weeks now. Despite serving as my grief counselor of late, he has been a source of daily motivation and inspiration. I'm pretty sure if I look back at my training log I will see him giving me the most insane motivation, the type you want to screenshot (and I do!)….minutes before his nuptials. Or from the starting line of his own world class event.  He never misses a beat! If running is 80% mental, then I'm 200% set! 

David has trained me thorough every PR I have from the 5k to 15k in races and some sick stuff on training runs. It's time to roll again! PS. I think David has a few spots left if you're interested in coaching. Now that my drama has resolved he may have more time : ) 

Tomorrow is a scheduled off day. I'm already chomping at the bit! Have a great day guys!! 

Thanks for reading!


and if you're curious. I know you are…lol:


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  2. Glad it's working out for you, sweetpea! I'm looking forward to when this damn tendonitis/bursitis stops in my knee. Would your massage guy be able to help that?
    Did a little mini-tour last week - only did 160 miles, but was averaging 40 miles a day until I called it on account of knee. It was a successful "intro-to-bike-touring" seminar! :)
    (had to delete the first effort at this - can't go back and edit these things!)

    1. You're an animal! YES John can help. I'm telling you he has taken away my tendonitis countless times in ONE visit. His studio is 5 minutes from where we met. Call him! 919-381-7006. You'll feel so much better and you HAVE to kill this next ride. I live off the updates!

    2. might have to wait until the first of the month, but I'll give him a call. And if I'm an animal, I suspect it's a Koala. :)

  3. You look like a rocket just standing still! Go Laura!

    1. I'm putting that on my fridge! Awesome! Thank you!!

  4. I just wanted to thank you for writing about your stress fracture. I'm currently on injured reserve for a fibular stress fracture and your blog has helped so much. Reading your success in coming back from this injury gives me hope that I too will be able to get back on the road soon. Looking forward to your post on the specific muscles / exercises you have focused on strengthening to help prevent this from happening again. Thank you so much!!

    1. Wow! Thank you so much! I was hoping I was reaching people with fib fractures. I know there's absolutely nothing out there on the Internet! Hang tight for five weeks. You can cross train like an animal! Because that's such a hard bones a break you really have to come back stronger. Something was weak to make that bone break. I do the same exercises every day. I'm going to get them up on my blog soon! Thank you so much for your comments!! And let me know how the healing is going 😊