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  1. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    November 14, 2012

    Yes!!! This is exactly what I was dealing with in my ‘to marathon or not’ post, although you wrote it so much more eloquently. :)
    I feel the same way… healthy fears are good, as long as they don’t paralyze us from stepping out and moving forward. I don’t think you’re over-thinking it, you just want to be smart. Can you start small? Obviously I know nothing about surfing, but are there places you can go where there isn’t such a big current? Or less danger?
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    • admin
      November 14, 2012

      I can definitely start “small” and work my way back up. I think that I would have to do that anyway just to build up my confidence. It is a fine line between having a healthy fear and respect for limits and not being confined by those limits or using them as an excuse. I’m not sure where I fall right now. In either case, I know that one day, I’ll be back surfing and you will run the marathon.

  2. Lisa @ RunWiki
    November 14, 2012

    You have good reason to be nervous about surfing, it’s not an easy sport, so much more to it than just moving your feet. With that said, you love it so much, it’s your passion and that nervousness is like seeing an old lover again after a long break.. daunting at first but you will settle in and feel comfortable after you catch those first few waves. Heeellllooo Lover CY is back
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    • admin
      November 14, 2012

      Your comment made me smile from ear to ear. Thank you for that.

  3. Mila @Tales From The Kitch
    November 14, 2012

    I know exactly how you feel. I got injured running not to long ago, and I got really scared to start again for fear that I would hurt myself and be stuck not being able to workout hard for 6-8 more weeks. I think the best thing you can do is take it slow. If you gradually ease into it, and you give your self the right amount of time, you’ll get back to your old self in no time! You can totally be fearless :).
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  4. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta
    November 14, 2012

    It can be very scary to return to something that you haven’t done or a while. Especislly, I hate to say this, as we get older. I thing you need to try surfing again. You love it, your knee is better, you will regret if you didn’t. Go for it.
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  5. Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run
    November 14, 2012

    Oh my goodness, yes! I was so scared to get back into running after I sprained my ankle last July. I was scared for so many reasons, and all I had to do was put my feet to the pavement. Surfing has quite a bit more to it, no? Like you said, the drowning fear. (I’m fearful of the open water as well. Strange, because I grew up on the beach, but true.)

    You have every reason to fear re-injury, Christine, but you also have to remember that you’ve done this before. You’re not unfamiliar with it. It may take a couple of tries, but you’ll feel it all come back to you. Especially since you love it so much. Your passion for it won’t let fear get in the way.
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    • admin
      November 14, 2012

      Surfing is a bit more and I guess I’m just scared of putting myself in the position of getting hurt while out in the water, you know? Then that whole drowning thing comes into play :-)

      I know that I just have to take it slow and feel it out and be OK with that.

  6. Bron
    November 14, 2012

    I think when you paddle out it will come back and you will remember why you love it so much. Sometimes when I get out the back and I am not feeling “in the comfort zone”, I sit on the board, look at the waves, paddle over them and then after a while, start to get the feel of being out there. Then I pick off a suitable wave and start paddling. Spend some time paddling, looking, going over the incoming waves and watching the others. Then after a while when it feels right, go for it! Good luck, you will be fab, Bron :)

    • admin
      November 14, 2012

      Thank you Bron. You’re right – I think that just getting out there and paddling around or even just playing around in the whitewater will go a long way to helping me to feel comfortable in the water again. And even just watching the waves and getting back into that zone.

  7. Miz
    November 14, 2012

    I can entirely relate to this with my back
    in all exercise.
    and I believe in what BRON said. it will come back. you will remember your love. your BODY WILL FIND THE ZONE.
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  8. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    November 14, 2012

    I’ve been there for sure! You know you are feeling good but not sure about the unexpected. That lingering “what if” is sitting in your brain. Don’t give up! Take it slow. I know nothing about surfing so maybe find some surfers who’ve had knee injuries about their comeback? I like Bron’s advice above. I think you love surfing too much to never do it again. Or at least try.
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    • admin
      November 14, 2012

      I hadn’t thought about that. A friend of mine had knee surgery about a year or so before I did and has returned to surfing. I will have to hit her up with all my questions!! haha.

  9. Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife
    November 14, 2012

    I just recently became injured {this past weekend} and I can’t do anything which stinks and Its only been like 4 days and I’m already itching to get back. I have to keep reminding myself though that I need to be patient!
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  10. Erica { EricaDHouse.com }
    November 14, 2012

    I was out of commission for about 2 weeks due to a lower back injury and I was scared out of my mind to do anything even after I felt ‘fine’. I never wanted to go through that again! It was a slow process but I’d say I was back to ‘normal’ after a few weeks but I’m always very cautious about pushing myself to hard now.
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  11. Andrea
    November 14, 2012

    Luckily I haven’t had to deal with an injury yet… knock on wood… but I think I would feel just like you. It’s so scary to ease back into something when you know what happened the last time! Surfing sounds AMAZING and I really want to try it someday. But I think I will be terrified! I bet you will get right back into the swing of things soon- maybe take baby steps? Hope to hear more about this :-)

    • admin
      November 15, 2012

      Thanks Andrea. Surfing is so much fun and really indescribable – part of the reason that I really want to get back to it. Luckily, I have a few months before I will likely get in the water (way too cold on the East Coast in the winter and many of the local surf spots in NY have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy) but definitely am thinking baby steps. I’ll definitely be sharing it on the blog!

  12. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean
    November 14, 2012

    i think you have every right to be scared…but don’t let the fear overcome you and cause you to lose sight of your passion!
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  13. AmyC
    November 14, 2012

    When I was a teenager I had two knee surgeries in two years…totally feared getting hurt again (especially after I DID get hurt again!).

    Sometimes, I still fear re-injuring my knee, but try to push those thoughts away and just enjoy whatever activity I’m doing, Sometimes it’s harder than others to let go of the fear.
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  14. Jess
    November 14, 2012

    You will be totally fine! I can totally see it, start slow in some small surf and a board you feel comfortable on. You’ll get that first wave and all your fears will be out of the window. Anticipation can be much worse then reality. That rush you get on the wave will hit you and the magic will come back.
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    • admin
      November 14, 2012

      Thanks Jess. I think you are absolutely right – it’s the anticipation that’s killing me, of not knowing what to expect or how it will go or even when I will get back out in the water.

  15. Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb
    November 14, 2012

    I believe your fears are totally normal and I think you’d be very happy if you worked through them. This is a passion of yours and it shows. Keep on keeping on! =)
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  16. Kat
    November 14, 2012

    Yes! I feel ya girl! It takes a while to build that trust back
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  17. Carrie@familyfitnessfood.com
    November 14, 2012

    Fears are totally normal. Add me to the list of people that think that healthy fear is good. Letting your fear get in the way of doing something you love so much or trying something new – that’s where there’s a problem.

    Good luck! You can do it.
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  18. Kierston
    November 14, 2012

    Absolutely! After my running injury last year, I feared that running again would bring back the pain…or that I wouldn’t be able to run again. I had to give it another shot and let’s just say….I’m happy I did. I took things slow and I made sure to listen to my body. I didn’t push it :)
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  19. Tamara
    November 14, 2012

    Absolutely! Especially if the recovery has been long with lots of back and forths. Sometimes it’s only psychological, but you can’t really tell until you’ve tried again. Listening to your body is key and going at the pace you need to to regain confidence!

    You can do this Christine!
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  20. Deb Roby
    November 14, 2012

    YES! I can so relate! The times you challenge your healed/healing injury can be scary. But DOING IT then becomes an even greater thrill.

    Do what you can on land to insure that your leg muscles are strong and stable. Then embrace the activity whole heartedly looking at it as a celebration of your recovery.

    Eager to hear how this goes… but now will it be next spring before that happens?
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    • admin
      November 14, 2012

      Yes, it probably won’t be until the spring until I get back in the water unless I book a trip to someplace warm!! THAT would be nice :-) But in a way, it’s good that it won’t be until the spring at the earliest because that means that I have a few months to really focus on strengthening my legs and core and to get stronger overall. I love the idea of embracing the activity as a celebration of recovery. Thank you Deb!

  21. Katie @momslrb
    November 14, 2012

    I have fears like this of returning to volleyball or softball. After not having played either of them in a while, the idea of playing again is scary. For whatever reason, I’m able to see the risk associated with them a lot easier now (softball more so). I won’t be playing for a while now but I really want to at some point and will have to make a decision similar to you.

    In the end, I’m pretty sure, my desire to play will override the fear and I’ll play. I think the same thing will happen with you. No regrets…just live! :)
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    • admin
      November 14, 2012

      I’m convinced that I’m now so much more aware of the risks of sports because I’m a mother and that mothering instinct has kicked in full force.

  22. misszippy
    November 14, 2012

    I think this is a completely normal reaction! But I also think that your best approach is to get back in the saddle as soon as you can. You love it, so it’s worth facing those fears. I will be cheering you on!
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  23. Pavement Runner
    November 14, 2012

    Having a fear of not being able to do something, shows you the value that you place in that activity. It is a part of you and something you WANT to do. As a runner, I am always anxious about re-injuring my IT and I can say, it never really does go away. But you build confidence and learn to stick with training smart and making sure you take the important cautionary steps to stay healthy.

    It’s a good thing. Just make sure you come back 100%
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  24. Becky @ RunFunDone
    November 14, 2012

    Ha ha, well you know I’m afraid! I know you get a bit scared in the ocean, but I would think surfing is pretty safe for your injury, no? If you’re not ready to go big yet, get out there on some small waves on a long board, and see how you feel. I bet you’ll feel pretty good! :)
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    • admin
      November 14, 2012

      I chuckled to myself when I read your post last night because I had this one cued up and ready to go. Guess we’re on the same wavelength!!

  25. Natalie
    November 15, 2012

    I have just returned to running after a stress fracture. I am so nervous when I run because with every stop, I expect there to be pain or that there will be pain. It’s so frustrating. I just want to run without any pain.
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  26. Kristen
    November 15, 2012

    You make me nervous! Do not tell me about the first time you get back on a board again until afterwards! Block me from all posts, tweets and Instagrams!! GOT IT?!?!
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    • admin
      November 15, 2012

      heehee. I so appreciate that you are concerned for me. Seriously thank you. Don’t worry. I won’t tell you. :-)

  27. Martha @ Running in Mommyland
    November 15, 2012

    I am always too in my head! I don’t know though, that open water thing does frighten me, but really, the statistics are in our favor. I bet once you get back in there all of the fears will subside.
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    • admin
      November 15, 2012

      I think so. I think that it’s more the anticipation of actually getting back in the water that gets me.

  28. ilene
    November 15, 2012

    I read this yesterday at work (don’t tell anyone!) on my phone and wanted to comment right away – but now I see what you wrote above in response to Martha and I am so with you on the “anticipation” thing. It WILL com back to you – just like running will come back to me one day when my arch is stronger, You are one of the most adventurous people I know. You will move past the anticipation quickly. I can’t wait to hear about your first wave!
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    • admin
      November 15, 2012

      Don’t worry. I won’t tell :-)
      It will come back to both of us, no doubt. Maybe our bodies just need some time and nurturing right now. How is your arch doing?

      • ilene
        November 16, 2012

        My arch feels much better – the irony is now finding time to run – now that I am the only adult at home with the kids! Ah, in time things will re-align!
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  29. Michele @ Nycrunningmama
    November 16, 2012

    YES!! This was me a few months ago when I returned to running. I was terrified. More so b/c I didn’t want to get my hopes up that I would be up and running again only to find that I was still in pain.
    Don’t push yourself. I think when you are ready, you will know. And all your fears will be erased.
    Plus you need to teach me how to surf (which is obviously the most important reason you should surf again!) HAHA =)
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    • admin
      November 16, 2012

      haha. Love to go surf with you but you probably should find a better/more qualified coach than me!!

  30. Lindsay Tredent
    December 3, 2012

    I can’t even imagine being out of the water for one year. Even if I don’t surf for 3 weeks I feel like a part of me is off – I feel antsy and not as at peace with everything. Love the content that surfing brings. If you ever come out to CA let’s paddle out together!
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    • admin
      December 4, 2012

      So true – surfing does bring a sense of contentment that I don’t experience doing anything else. Yes! Would love to paddle out with you sometime!

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