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  1. Sana
    September 12, 2012

    Injuries are a blessing, I appreciate soooo much more now what my body can do. Take care and thanks for sharing my story.

    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      Thank you Sana for sharing your story. You are absolutely right – while it doesn’t always appear so, injuries are a blessing. I’ve become much more appreciative of my body and what I’m capable of doing. It’s also been a huge reminder to enjoy life.

  2. Miz
    September 13, 2012

    man I could go on and on and on here too.
    It brought me to my knees (literally and emotionally. I SOBBED) when I got an injury from no where (?!) and my body refused to do what I asked it to (walk).

    xoxoxo
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      Never has anything been so hard as it was to learn to walk again. And to trust that my body would be able to do it when it wasn’t giving me any indication that it would listen to me. Thank you.

  3. Donloree
    September 13, 2012

    I love this post. I recall being ‘broken’ for nearly six weeks and basically not being able to walk. Not fun, not at all. Do your exercises and trust your body <– yes! Not stressing about how and when I was going to recover was really important, once I start the inside work and relaxed my body started to dramatically improve.
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      Thank you Donloree. Yes, not stressing out about how or when I was going to be all better is HUGE. That’s all I could think about at first – 3 months and I should be able to do X, Y, and Z. And when I couldn’t? It was a huge let down and disappointment. I’m trying now to trust that my body know what it’s doing so long as I’m also supporting it by doing my exercises and remaining healthy. I’ll get there one day, right? ;-)

  4. jobo
    September 13, 2012

    This is SUCH a good post, I am so glad you wrote this and you have learned so much from your injury and experience. you are so right ‘one more workout’ could be the kiss of death for an injury, just don’t risk it. It is so hard when we love it so much, but it’s just not worth the risk. I am so glad you are continuing your recovery, even if it’s not as fast as you’d like. you have come through this with such poise and patience, I am so so impressed.
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      Thank you my friend for your kind words. Much of the time, I don’t feel so patient or posed (I’m sure that my husband could attest to that). I think that a lot of it has been about recognizing where I am and, rather than get upset and frustrated about the things that I could not change, focus on the things that I could do. That has been a huge mind-shift for me.

  5. Jess
    September 13, 2012

    Such great advice my friend — I have REALLY admired how you’ve handled your injury, with a lot more patience and trusting of the process than I probably would be able to muster. I am so glad you’re on the road to your comeback, even if it feels like a long way to go still, you’re getting there every single day, stronger and stronger. I’m so proud of you!
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      Thank you for your kind words! I think that I started trusting the process because I started realizing that there was nothing that I could do about it!! haha. I know that the road ahead is still long but you’re right – every day I’m making progress and every day I get stronger. I have to remember that.

  6. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta
    September 13, 2012

    Thank you for the insightful post. I’ve spent time injured and everything you say is so true (especially #3 dammit!). I’ve been postponing getting my knee fixed because I dread going through the recovery process.

    I happy that you are being smart with your recover. It will pay off in the long run.
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      #3!!! Sigh. My husband enjoys reminding me that I’m getting older and things don’t always heal as quickly (he’s 7 years older than me so he likes to rub it in when he can.) I hope that if and when you do get your knee fixed, that it goes swiftly and smoothly!

  7. Betsy
    September 13, 2012

    Great post! It is hard for fitness enthusiasts to handle not being able to do their favorite workouts but you are right, it is not the end of the world. I’m looking forward to reading more as you continue to recover!
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      Thanks Betsy. It’s always hard when you can’t do something that you really love or that is an outlet for you. I appreciate your kind words and thoughts.

  8. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    September 13, 2012

    I so appreciate this post! (And thanks for the link love, too!) My knee injury was nowhere near as severe as yours but it’s still not 100%. In fact, this mornings run was less than stellar. Proof that I can’t rush recovery. Patience is so hard to find especially when you’re the impatient kind (like me). I think you have been handling your recovery beautifully! Stay strong and you’ll get back. And I agree with Debbie – damn you age!!! ;)
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      Seriously, #3 is killing me. I mean, I get it but I think of all the things that slows down recovery, that’s the one that I wanted to defy the most. Yes, (don’t want to nag) but please be careful with you knee! I’m totally impatient most of the time and I have no idea why I’m more willing to go with the flow this time around. We’ll both be back at it and stronger than ever :-)

  9. ilene
    September 13, 2012

    Thank you for your wise, insightful, and practical words. “Trust your instincts..” so simple but can be so hard sometimes, when we just want to MOVE! No? I have a collapsed arch in my foot that has me good this time. I have learned to love my shorter runs and cross training for now….
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      I have no idea why it’s so hard to trust our instincts. On my first visit to the PT place, I knew that I should look for another place but I talked myself out of it because it was inconvenient. I hope that your foot is OK and gets better soon. But it’s a good opportunity too to do something different like bootcamp :-)

  10. lindsay
    September 13, 2012

    i completely agree with all this, it humbles you! it makes you appreciate what your body can do, and will do with time. It teaches us to enjoy other areas of life first. You are so wise Christine!
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      Aww, thanks Lindsay. I think that you give me a lot more credit than I deserve. Humbled –> appreciation = LIVE LIFE.

  11. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    September 13, 2012

    Oh, I’m so sorry it’s still not 100%, but that’s definitely good news that you can begin to run and bike! I love your reflections- every time I’m injured, I have to work hard to remember it’s not the end of the world. It really feels like it sometimes, when you’re so used to being active!! And trust your instincts is an awesome tip, too. I’ve had some sports drs who were MUCH better than others, and it’s so important to find someone you are comfortable with. Thank you for the shout out, too. :)
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      I am so excited to try to run – even if it’s only 10 minutes on the treadmill at a really slow pace. I will take it. I think that people often think that they can’t switch doctors or PTs – not sure if it’s because they are the presumed experts and who are we to question them – but it’s so important to find someone you are comfortable with, who listens to you and your concerns and works WITH you.

  12. Kristin
    September 13, 2012

    This is so good to know! I haven’t injured myself more than some bad bruises…yet. I’m sure the day will come, and I do try to put these things you’ve listed into practice. The hardest part is patience, when I feel like a coiled spring that just need to RUN NOW, and I just can’t.
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      I hope that you remain injury-free!! Patience is definitely a hard especially when you are impatient by nature like me!!

  13. misszippy
    September 13, 2012

    I’m sorry it is taking longer than expected. You have such a fantastic, patient attitude about it all. I am not nearly so good at it as you.

    Fingers crossed for that Costa Rica trip!
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      Sometimes I don’t feel so patient. I think that my husband would probably agree with that :-)
      My fingers are tripled crossed for Costa Rica!

  14. Michele @ Nycrunningmama
    September 13, 2012

    I am sorry that you are not back out there running again…i KNOW how hard it is…and I just had to stop for ~6 weeks! But I’m so impressed with your patience and outlook on things – you haven’t complained at all the last 6 months!!!!
    Awesome post!!
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      Thanks Michele. I am very much looking forward to my first 10 minute super slow run on the treadmill this weekend :-)

  15. Cat @ Breakfast to Bed
    September 13, 2012

    I needed this. Truly.
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      xoxo

  16. Ali
    September 13, 2012

    First off, so glad you switched PT clinics! You should def find a PT who is going to take care of you. Unfortunately, ACL is a common surgery so you can get thrown in a “mill” clinic. I actually just posted last week how I came back from a wrist surgery ;). Check it out when you have time! BTW, you are crossing over the hump just keep up with that patience. Great post!
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      Thanks Ali. I will definitely look for your. I definitely felt like I was in a bit of a “mill” clinic. I mean, there were so many red flags. But I’m so glad that I switched. I too hope that I’m crossing over the hump!!

  17. Brad Gouthro
    September 13, 2012

    Love how you’re rocking the pink kicks! Embrace the flash!

  18. Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife
    September 13, 2012

    great advice! i know some people that get really down on themselves if they get injured. You just gotta take it a day at a time!
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      It’s so easy to get down yourself when you’re injured but you’re right – one day at a time!

  19. Jess
    September 13, 2012

    Great post! I had major back surgery- fused spine. It changed what I could do a lot. But there is also heaps I can still do. For that I am grateful and that is what I focus on because I don’t want to constantly dwell on what I can do. It has also taught me there are other things I’m passionate about. Life doesn’t have to be and shouldn’t be all about one sport or hobby or job etc. And now I’m so grateful to be mobile, I don’t take it for granted in the same way at all!
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      Jess, I really love your perspective. It isn’t all about one sport or hobby or job like you say. And you’re absolutely right – it gets so tiresome and depressing just thinking about what you can’t do. I’ve definitely learned not to take things for granted!

  20. Alison
    September 13, 2012

    I’m so sorry recovery hasn’t been quite what it should be and what you hoped. But I can tell that you’re taking it in your stride. Keep up the rehab, keep up your spirit!
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      Thanks Alison. It’s definitely been a trying experience but trying really hard to stay patient!

  21. Kierston
    September 13, 2012

    Patience and time helped me get through my hamstring injury almost one year ago! It was hard having to take the time off required to fully recover but in the end, it was worth it!
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      Thanks Kierston!

  22. lynne @ lgsmash
    September 14, 2012

    all of your lessons, i concur with. especially the first one – it’s really hard to let go of the fitness/active mindset when you’re on the DL for a little bit but – that’s all it is – a little bit!

    i really like this post – and the fact that you’re cleared to do running and biking again! once you start moving and strengthing, won’t that help the ligament tighten up? (i really have no idea about ligaments/ACL/MCL issues!)

    happy friday!
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      You know, I have no idea. I think that there are two things. One is just the actual physical healing of the ligament and setting into the joint. I guess I kind of imagine it like the ligament needs to fuse to the end points wherever they attach. And I guess if I do too much lateral movement, it stretches out the ligament so that when it does fuse, it’s loose. At least that’s how I understand it. The other part is about strengthening all the muscles that support my knee so that I don’t put too much strain on the knee.

      #1 was really really really hard!!

  23. Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    September 14, 2012

    I really needed this right now. Thank you so much.
    My first PT session is next week and I am having a lot of problems being patient and forgiving myself.
    I know I need to let my self and accept that in the long run I made the right decision; however, right now it is very frustrating.
    Reading all these things I am thinking and feeling put into works really helped. I need to remember this for sure. I won’t get totally out of shape, it will take a while, and I am no longer 20, such is life.
    Now I just must force myself to do the activities/exercises the PT gives me.
    Thank you so much for putting lost of my crazy, worrisome thoughts into much more eloquent words.
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    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      I glad that this was helpful. It is ridiculous frustrating in the moment and it’s hard to step back and see the bigger picture sometimes. I think that it’s totally fine to grieve (because frankly, that’s what it felt like for me) and I think after you go to PT and have a sense of a plan, it will feel better. At least, I felt a lot better once I had a plan in place and knew that I was working towards something.

      Good luck Abby with your first PT session. You can definitely feel free to vent any time if you need it!

      • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
        September 15, 2012

        Thank so much. I agree, once there is a plan I think I will feel much better about the whole situation.
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  24. Irene @ Speed Chic
    September 15, 2012

    I can’t stand it when the body doesn’t work properly! Makes me grateful every time for being restored back to health. Take care of yourself and can’t wait to hear more about learning to surf!

    • admin
      September 15, 2012

      It does make you grateful for the times that you are healthy, right? Thank you Irene!

  25. Savvy Working Gal
    September 15, 2012

    I’ve been putting off having foot surgery for a few years now, but the pain has begun interfering with my workouts and hurts throughout the day. I’ve decided to have the surgery soon – being able to exercise and be physically active for the rest of my life is more important than taking 3+ months off while my foot heals. I am happy to read I won’t gain a million pounds. I was worried about that, but even if I do I am hoping in the long run it will be worth it.
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    • admin
      September 16, 2012

      For me, that was the big reason why I had surgery – I wanted to be physically active for a long time to come and to do things with my kids. It was definitely a quality of life issue. I know that going into it, the recovery time seems like FOREVER but it goes by pretty quickly. And like you said, it’s a worthy trade-off. I think that it’s also a matter of keeping up with a healthy lifestyle during the recovery period too – just watching what you eat, etc. Good luck with surgery and you will be back soon. Have you scheduled it?

      • Savvy Working Gal
        September 16, 2012

        No I haven’t, but it is in my to-do list for this week.

  26. Becky @ RunFunDone
    September 18, 2012

    Love it. You’re doing awesome at taking care of yourself. I hope you see some good gains in recovery soon!
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    • admin
      September 19, 2012

      Thanks Becky! It’s been a long process and frustrating for sure. Still is but I’m slowly getting there.

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