It is crazy to think that a year ago, TODAY, I was having hip arthroscopy. I honestly can’t believe a year has gone by. Those first few weeks were hell (a breakup and no running will do that to you) and I felt lost. I can look back at how truly depressed I was at that time and continue to be thankful for where I am now and where I am going.
I appreciate yalls sweet (and funny) comments on my speed and that maybe super powers were put in my hip during surgery. If only that were the case. But, I will share my thoughts on how I’ve changed over the past year and how it may have helped with my running.
1. I’ve lost 15 pounds since last January.
I never really thought I was that heavy or that I had that much weight to lose…but looking at pictures now, I couldn’t be happier with where I am. I have worked HARD to get to this point. I wish I could say I was one of those people who can splurge a lot or eat cupcakes and cake and candy whenever they want, but I don’t. And I won’t. I have to put limits on my splurges (and obviously lent has helped with that).
Some people say weight helps with speed, some don’t. I say, it definitely didn’t hurt to drop some pounds.
2. I’ve focused on core, strength, and cross training work.
I lost almost all of my strength in my legs, core, etc. after surgery. I was only allowed to do arm work and approved PT work. BUT, once approved, I went back to pilates. My PT was also a pilates instructor and she, along with Laura (current teacher), have taught me how to engage my core and glutes during workouts.I focus on actively engaging my core (and glutes) when I run, in pilates, and at Flywheel. When I run uphill, I literally talk to my glutes. Sounds silly, but in order to take my mind off the hill…it’s “fire, fire, fire” so that they actually work and I can feel them doing the work (not just my quads and hamstrings).
I’ve also spent a lot of time cross training. Many suggest that cross training is key to staying healthy and challenging different muscles while training for running-type races. I think Flywheel has definitely helped with my speed and turnover and learning to engage my muscles.
3. I’ve put in the work.
Even though my training has been more of a base building phase this winter/spring, I still have had goals. I wanted to get to a comfortable 25-30 miles a week. I wanted to do some tempo and hill work before digging into real track workouts. So far, so good. I’ve already seen results.
What I will continue to do:
1. My PT exercises, strength work and cross training.
I have done my best to do my hip work at least 3 times a week. I will continue with pilates and flywheel. And while I’ve improved, there is still plenty of room to continue. I am currently a guinea pig/tester for a local physical therapy practice, Motion Stability. I am working with them on a program they offer called Fusionetics.
They did an assessment on my body and where my weaknesses are. No surprise, my hips and knees (knee issues stem from hip issues) are still a weak point. They did say I am actually a lot stronger than other runners they have seen. But, again, there is ALWAYS room for improvement!
The program generates a customized plan for your body, videos and all. I will do them for the next 4-6 weeks and see if my body changes from baseline. First up on the list of things to work on…get more sleep!
2. I will continue to believe in myself.
This is huge for me. I’ve had several conversations with 3 of my best running buddies about believing in myself and realizing my potential. Molly laughed at me when she realized I ordered a large race shirt (that swallowed me) the other weekend. Old habits die hard? I struggle with realizing that my body has changed, and that I have changed.
The speed is no different. I ended up laughing right back at Molly when she put my 10K race time in the McMillian calculator. My easy pace is WHAT?!? And funny enough, IT IS.
I’m now realizing that Boston isn’t some BHAG. It’s 100% achievable. I can’t say when, but I know it will happen. I will qualify. I will put in the work.
3. I will continue to have FUN and race SMART.
My heart has felt SO FULL running. I literally smile ear to ear during each race thinking about how far I’ve come. It’s really, really hard for me to pull myself back from registering for a race a weekend. I am just so thankful to have the ability to do so. I will run races when it’s appropriate, and race races when it’s appropriate. I will not compromise my health, I will focus on happiness and smart running.
A year ago, I would’ve never imagined being in this moment. I was in a dark hole struggling to see any sort of light. I’ve moved past the pain and the weakness. I wish I could say it was all bionic, but there has been nothing bionic or magical about it. Just hard work, mentally and physically. I’m a much stronger, happier version of myself.
Thank you, friends, for believing in me and pushing me. Love yall!!
If you could choose a bionic body part, what would it be? Do you have a weight loss success story? Are you good about cross training and strength training?