Sarah K – Week Nine (revisited)

So, about all that patience I had …

Every  year my office participates in the JPMorgan Corporate Challenge. For those of you not in the know, it is a 3.5 mile race through Central Park that kicks off JPMorgan’s wellness program.

I had signed up to run the race back when I thought I would be up and running by now. When I realized I might not be ready to run, I resigned myself to walking the 3.5 miles as many folks do.

But then PT was going so well, and I was feeling so strong, and they had shortened the course to 3.3 miles, and I was in the purple chorale (purple is my favorite color) and what started off as a rainy miserable day turned into a sunny beautiful breezy evening in the park.

In short all signs pointed to me running. But even as I inched closer and closer to the starting line (there were approximately 12,000 participants so getting to the starting line took about 30 minutes), I prepared myself that I would probably only run a few steps before it felt awkward and clunky and then I would have to pull over and just walk.

But the first few steps didn’t feel awkward or clunky. Neither did the next few steps. I felt good. And strong. And like others weren’t watching me wondering why I was torturing myself.

I ran (with several walking breaks) the hilly 3.3 miles in under 40 minutes. I told myself I would stop when it started to hurt or when I felt my limp, but it never hurt, and I never felt my limp. My walking breaks were because I am just not in running shape and it was a pretty hilly course (particularly for someone who hasn’t run since December). And when it was all over, I couldn’t stop smiling. And I hate smiling.

I woke up the next morning expecting to hurt and hate my stupid stubborn self, but I didn’t. I felt great. No burning in the hip or knee, no cracking in my ankle. No limp or stiffness or desperate need to get to the bottle of Advil as quickly as possible.

Now, I realize I’m not ready to run every day. I still have strength and flexibility to build on my right side, so I have no plans to run again until I am officially cleared to do so. But part of me needed to know I could do it; that I could run after hip surgery. And now I know and I’m ready to get back on the PT and patience track.

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      So, about all that patience I had … Every  year my office participates in the JPMorgan Corporate Challenge. For those of you not in the know, it is a
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