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Birthday Marathon......

Friday, April 27, 2012

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." -Romans 8:28

Running up Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, September 2011.

I have finally decided to stop being stubborn and to realize that I need to be healthy if I want to remain a runner for life! As one of my Spark friends said.......it is the difference between a runner for life and a once in a lifetime runner! I am stepping away from my birthday marathon as I truly feel that this injury has left me unprepared and I must do what my heart is telling me to do.

So for now, I will be continuing my PT weekly, we are having an MRI of my knee to determine if the Bakers can be removed through extracting the fluid or if I will need to have it removed via surgery. I am reading a few books on Marathon training to increase my knowledge, stretching FAR more than before and I am starting to incorporate Yoga and Pilates in my weekly routines.

My next scheduled race is The Oslo Marathon, September 22st and I plan on doing the Stavanger Marathon, September 1st but just as a training run (walking/running) to prepare me for Oslo. I feel very good about this schedule and I feel I can come back strong, healthy and ready to finally cross that finish line!!

I am starting a challenge today as it is one month from my birthday which is May 27th!! See, I may be injured but I can still be working towards a goal :) NEVER stop reaching! Even if you original plan as been sidelined, it is ok. Find a new goal, a new challenge to take you one step further to your ultimate dream!!

35th birthday challenge.....

Goals - Complete 3,500 military pushups - NO knees! You guys know me, I LOVE pushups! They are my favorite ST workout!! Since I cannot increase my mileage due to my knee/calf, I need to focus on ST once again. So I am back to doing what I love and I have seen work for me in the past. PUSH UPS!! I am almost at 300 reps for this week but the count starts over as of today!!

The reps can include......close grip, diamond, low incline, spiderman, dive bomber, staggered hands, wide fly, standard, walking, inchworm, walking spiderman, T-plank.....but NOTHING on my knees.

Thanks as always for the motivation, support and help you all have provided me.

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    3183 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/4/2012 9:05:33 AM
    I will be very very interested in what they tell you. My baker cyst behind my knee disappears at times and yet at other times is very painful. It makes my lower leg, calf and foot hurt and ache. Dr still thinks it is mostly from my back issues, I can understand that but yet some days it is all behind the knee and down. Now today I have pain in the butt, but it isn't radiating anywhere, that is likely my back.

    I am glad you are forgoing this and taking care of you. There will be other runs and other birthdays. HUGS
    3186 days ago
    You are leading me to a new appreciation of goals and achievements. Thank you so much. My health past its littered with all or nothing, all or nothing. You just taught me that there is always another option if Plan A doesn't work out, them figure out Plan B!

    Thank you. I love your spirit.
    3188 days ago
    Here is to your vote for life!

    It is like watching when you discovered it wasn't a diet, rather a total life transformation. This is just a plateau -- but not giving up. You're in the game doing the work and if you loved the bumpy running trail, this qualifies as a comparable challenge.

    I have to admit I surprised myself reading this blog. Even if a knew there was a good chance of this, I burst out in tears reading your decision just knowing how much your spirit was being brave to come to this point. I'd always goaled to climb a local mountain and take a flight in a jet - I even bid and won at an auction for a fighter jet day...but the dizziness I had before my aneurysm made me cancel going up on that flight. I now know it was the right decision and I will never climb that mountain, but I'm still here AND I still do dream.

    Having my foot surgery this Friday with absolutely no weight bearing the first 3-4 weeks....so you will not be alone doing push ups...may we both be walking at high speeds by the end of summer. emoticon
    3188 days ago
    Take good care of your knees ; all the best !
    3188 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    This must have been a very tough decision to make. But is the right one. You can look forward to being a runner for life now after this injury is healed completely. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.
    3189 days ago
    Jen, a hard decision to make, I know, but all that matters is that you feel good about it! I know you will reach your 35th birthday happy and healthy and that's all that matters. As my dad always tells me when I am debating resting an injury - you have your whole life to run!
    3189 days ago
    A very tough, but wise decision!! Sending you prayers!!
    3190 days ago
    Oh Jen...I can only imagine your disappointment, but you have such a healthy approach to life! I congratulate you!! A lifetime runner is ideal! Me too!

    Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh - Wow! what a gorgeous setting!

    Thanks for being you! ~ Laura
    3190 days ago
    Good call! For real, I'm proud of you :-)
    3190 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    I know this is a big disappointment for you, but I think you're making the right choice. I like the quote about being a runner for life vs. a once in a lifetime...makes a lot of sense. Good luck with the PT!
    3190 days ago
    Love your approach to challenges! Happy Friday! emoticon
    3190 days ago
    Hey, your birthday is exactly one month from mine!!! (today) :) It's always hard to say no to something like that but I think it's very smart for you to step away from the marathon next month. There are lots of races, but you only have one set of legs.

    Good luck on your recovery and thanks for being an inspiration! :)
    3190 days ago
  • PLYNSN316
    Way to take care of yourself and realize that your long-term goals of health and happiness are greater than your short-term goals (even though they may bring you happiness!)! You are a strength and an inspiration! Way to go!!! emoticon
    3190 days ago
  • MYTURN11
    I love your goals and that you made a decision that is right for you. emoticon
    3190 days ago
    Jen - I am so happy you have come to your decision. Now, you can focus on the rest of your life and your goals. You are such a strong young woman. Strength is what gets us through the rough spots in life.
    3190 days ago
    I think it's a great decision. You'll be enjoying running for many years to come!
    3190 days ago
    Wow, you have an amazing attitude! I love that you are able to pick yourself up from this and change your short term goals and remain so positive - good on you! And thanks for the inspiration - i am gong to set myself a push-up goal this week (although i'm not sure i can do them without being on my knees! do you do 300 in one session?!)

    3190 days ago
    "stop being stubborn and realize that I need to be healthy if I want to remain a runner for life" ... Thank you for this, it speaks volume to me!!
    I love your pushup challenge, and the fact that you change your focus so you can keep training despite being injured. It shows how motivated you are. Thanks for the inspiration!
    3190 days ago
  • RUDITUDI2000
    Its so hard to make that call but worth it. Sounds like you have peace about it & that is beautiful! I ran the River to River relay (80 miles, 8 gals) with a lady that is 66 & has been running for 44 years! I want to be just like her! You have a great attitude & inspire & bless me! Thanks! Will be praying for your healing!
    3190 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11893516
    You got this
    3190 days ago
    I wish I loved push-ups! I love your attitude while facing this. Good luck on all your goals and your recovery.
    3190 days ago
    Amazing journey!
    3190 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7262646
    emoticon you have great goals!
    3190 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    If your heart and soul now feel lighter, you made the right decision. I know you did. Forge on, Sister!

    3190 days ago
    You love push ups??? Craziness is what I say, but I'm glad you have new goal! Stay positive!
    3190 days ago
    Thank God! I know how much you want to do this but you had me scared to death for you! Your body was screaming to get your attention and I'm glad you're listening to it. Your being healthy is way more important that a race. I know what that meant to you but you mean more to us, got it! ;-)

    Love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!! emoticon
    3190 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8710944
    It's going to be a great year for you Jen !! This will only make you stronger and more ready for your next marathon and goals you set for yourself. I believe in you.
    Good luck on your new goals and wishing you a well , speedy recovery for your knee and calf.
    3190 days ago
    I'm so glad you decided to hold off on your birthday marathon and heal. I can totally relate to the disappointment you must be feeling (been there) but I am so glad that you are listening to your body, and turning it into a new challenge for yourslef and working toward a new (and may I say...aweseome!!) goal!

    You are an inspiration as always, Jen!
    3190 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4876431
    Love the new challenge and that you are listening to your body.
    After taking some time off running I have discovered I love circuit training. I love the constant change of exercises that are involved and that my heart rate is through the roof the entire time.
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    3190 days ago
    Sounds like you have a great new goal while your allowing your body to heal for the up coming races. I know it may be disappointing at first but you know in your heart you are doing the right thing for you. Keep up the amazing work. Happy Friday :)
    3190 days ago
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