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Onward Bound

Sometimes life is tough. Sometimes life is awesome. Sometimes it a little bit of both. Either way, you have to keep going. I'll be running, laughing, crying and sharing it all here.

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    Monday, August 07, 2006

    Where oh where...

    Have I been? Well, let me update you. In my last post, I shared some rather upseting news. Aside from the pysical pain and healing which I have experienced over the past 12 days, I have also had to deal with the emotional pain of saying goodbye to my precious Tally. For you dog people (and thanks for all the well-wishes), I know you understand and can imagine how painful this was.

    So, let's just say, running was put on the back burner for a little R &R. And where does this leave me? Well, for a multitude of reasons, I have decided to not run the Kansas City Marathon. I know a lot of you were cheering virtually for a fabulous rematch vs. the old pukey puke marathon. And I hate to let people down, but my first priority has to be my own health and well-being. I'm still really struggling with my hip flexor pain and I'm not sure continuing with marathon miles is in my best interest. Because to be honest, I'm not here to prove anything, I'm really just hear to set personal bests and have a great time. I love running. (most days.) And I want to be able to continue running through the fall (my favorite running season) and the winter and so on. There may be a rematch in years to come, or heck, I may forgo the whole Kansas City thing and set my sights on a bigger marathon. We'll see.

    That said, I'm still going to try to run the half. Before my little R &R break, I was up to 14 miles. And even though I didn't post it, a week ago Sunday I ran 4 and elipical trained 3 miles due to the hip pain and the arm pain (back then, I was still in a lot of pain and the blood flow to the wounds did not help.) This past weekend no miles were run due to a trip to Omaha with Matt. And you know what? I didn't even care. It was great. I've done minimal cross training and one other 3 mile run but other than that, I've been taking it easy. This week, I return to a revised and modified training schedule to keep me in shape in order to run the half--as long as my hip flexor safely holds out.

    I hope you will stick around because despite this recent step back in training, the title of my blog remains "Onward Bound."


    At 4:26 PM, August 07, 2006, Anonymous Jay T said...

    Don't get too down about skipping KC. It sounds like you have your priorities in the right order, which is the most important thing.

    At 6:05 PM, August 07, 2006, Blogger Running Jayhawk said...

    Things happen. Goals change. And that's totally okay. It happens to everyone at some point in time. The KC half has your name on it and you know what you've gotta do to get 'er done. :)

    For a super long term goal...Mike and I are thinking about pulling together a Brew to Brew team...wanna join team pokey? :)

    At 1:05 PM, August 08, 2006, Blogger Nic said...

    Stephanie, please take care of your hip. I had a stress fracture in my hip once and it was the most painful injury I have ever endured, both physically and emotionally. So take it easy on yourself.

    I have never had a real pet. You are going to laugh when I tell you that I cried when one a fish I had for 3 years died. He didn't greet me at the door when I came home, nor did he lick my face when I had a bad day, but for 3 years he was all I had. I still miss him a little, actually.

    So take all the time you need. I am very sorry for your loss.

    At 2:04 PM, August 08, 2006, Blogger Katie said...

    you'll be back up to 14+ in no time stephanie. i'm a little sad you won't be running KC, but that means you can now come cheer us on! oh yeah, and what's the latest news on the breakfast? we still doing that on sunday?

    At 9:22 PM, August 09, 2006, Blogger brent said...

    life happens, no problemo. take care of yourself, running with an injury/pain is really frustrating so i hear you there. when you're back in action 100% it'll feel so great.

    At 11:15 PM, August 10, 2006, Blogger Josh said...

    Absolutely ... take care of yourself first. There will be other marathons in your future (maybe), but right now, it's time to focus on you.


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