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Training Again…

Runners, at some point, may get injured. It may not even be from running, but could prevent you from running. This happened to me on January 3, 2015. I ran 4 miles in the snow and ice with out maybiteany issues, not even a slip on the ice. After I got home from my run, I leashed the dogs up to take them outside. Literally three steps out my front door, of my apartment building, and BOOM down I went on the ice! Mid-air, I thrusted myself over to the right because I thought I was going to fall right on top of my elderly dog Molly. I landed on my right side and elbow and it hurt like @#$! Once I got back up, I thought “WOW, that is going to leave a mark”. Brushed the snow off me and went on our walk.

It was not until a few weeks later that I started having issues being able to hold a mug or a glass in my right hand without severe pain. OK, something is wrong. I actually went to an upper extremity specialist (had 4 surgeries on my left arm years ago, I know the drill), and sure enough, I had torn a tendon in my right elbow. Started physical torture (ok ok therapy), and was restricted from running (insert sad face here).

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Kristen and MK

This went on for months, no running, but I kept eating like I was running… pounds started adding on to me, which put me in a deeper not running depression. Finally in late April, I was given the “OK” to run again. Talk about feeling like I was starting from square one again! I did the 2015 Colfax Half Marathon, but was so out of running shape, I ended up walking most of it.

In June, I hired MK as my run coach – BEST DECISION EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She started me over from square one, low miles and 140 bpm. Now in my 3rd month of training I am soooooooo much stronger and LOVING running again. I’ve lost over 15 pounds and two pant sizes. Now I’m up to a 12 mile run and loving every minute of it! Not craving sugar anymore, stopped eating cookie dough out of the container and just feeling all around healthy again!

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