Quick Life Update


I know, I know  – it’s like I barely exist anymore. I’ve been blogging for over six years now, but have never gone this long between posts – not even when I’m traveling. If you follow me on social media, you know I haven’t really posted at all there, either! But don’t worry, I’m still alive.

As I mentioned in my last post, I got really sick after my shoulder surgery. It took me nearly two weeks to kick that sickness, whatever it was. I was tested for mono and pneumonia, but it turned out to just be a nasty virus – probably one that I picked up in the hospital. We’ll never know, I guess! Fortunately, I’m feeling much better now and am pretty much back to normal.

I’d like to say my recovery from my surgery is going well, but it’s probably going OK at best. I was making good progress, but then suddenly had a lot more pain after starting to do more at physical therapy. My muscles are feeling good, but I’m having a lot of pain in my collarbone where the surgeon removed a piece of bone. It’s to be expected, but it’s still frustrating. Both my surgeon and my physical therapist said that I need to treat this recovery essentially like a broken bone, so I won’t be able to run til sometime in mid-December. I also haven’t been able to go to the gym at all, but I may be able to go in and do leg day next week. We’ll see! A lot of people have asked if I’m going nuts not being able to work out, but honestly, I’m not. I was so sick right afterwards that I wasn’t even thinking about it, and now, I’m still in a lot of pain, so the last thing I want to do is run. With that said, I obviously couldn’t run at Route 66 this weekend, and that sucked!

You know what else sucks? The Dolphins. What does not suck? My dad sending me hilarious memes about it every Sunday in hopes of dulling the pain

Yes, for the first time in 6 years, I did not run any race at the Route 66 Marathon. It’s my most favorite race, as you all undoubtedly know, so that stung. But I did get to still go out to Tulsa, and I worked the race as one of the race directors! I handled most of the social media posts, if you were following along during race weekend. I have to say, I think it would have been way less tiring to run the race than work it! It was an exhausting weekend, but also really fun to be on the other side of the event for a change. It was non-stop (literally me hunched over my computer for 3 days straight), but I got to see Patty and all my Tulsa friends, so that was fantastic! As usual, the race went off without a hitch.

Literally the only photo I took all weekend – a proof of life photo I sent to AJ

On the foster care front, we really just were able to open our house this week. We couldn’t take a placement while I was sick and recovering, and then I went out of town. Now that I am back, we are open again, so hopefully we will get a placement soon! I do have another foster care post coming up soon, so keep an eye out for that!

As far as posting on my blog goes…well…I guess we’ll see. I have never believed in posting when I don’t have anything to say (i.e. just for the sake of consistent content), so I will post when I feel like it and when I think I have something of value to add. With no workouts, travel, or foster kids on the horizon, I don’t know how often that will be! But I hope you stick around because with me, you never know what could happen 🙂

PS Allie from VITA Train 4 Life featured me in her most recent article for RunnersConnect called “What Does Racing Mean to You?” If you’re a mid-back of the packer (or you’re interested in learning about what drives our strange and wonderful breed), this article is for you!


8 thoughts on “Quick Life Update

  1. ugh, injury recovery just kind of sucks, doesn’t it? One moment it is going well, the next… not so much. I was finally relinquished from my crutches (well….. depends on who you ask, I guess) yesterday and did way too much (I didn’t even realize!) and woke up this morning freaking out that I had rebroken everything. A little different from your situation, but I well remember when Alex had his ankle and back surgeries, and it was just a day to day thing. It sucks when there is one part of you holding the rest of you back.
    I’m right there with you with blogging as well as with working out, or lack thereof. I think we have both seen “the other side” ie not the everything is awesome side of both of those enterprises, so we know that rest is necessary. I hope that you get some cessation of pain ASAP–that is the worst part of all of this.

    1. I’m so glad you are finally starting to feel better! I felt that way (like I had rebroken everything, even though nothing was broken haha) after that first setback. It’s stressful! I’m glad you got off crutches in time for a potentially icy winter – I can’t imagine trying to crutch around on ice and snow!

  2. Glad to hear that you kicked the sickness! Too bad that the recovery from surgery is going slower than hoped … but at least it is going positively! I know from watching Lisa recover from various injuries and surgeries that as time passes it only gets harder to obey the need for rest and not doing stuff …

    Also happy that you got to at least head out to Tulsa – sure you weren’t running but great you were part of the experience – and really making things better for others as well! You know how much goes on behind the scenes, so it was great that you could be part of that!

    Hopeful for another great foster placement soon for you guys – I have talked more about it with some local folks and it can make such a huge difference for kids in a variety of circumstances. Major kudos to you guys for doing this!

    Great article on ‘mid/back pack racers’ and loved your perspectives. I am definitely not a natural runner, but after nearly 30 years it is something that is a complete part of who I am … which is kind of crazy to think about. I will never win, don’t really ever care about placing in my age group, and just love to run. I think I need to get back to more social running next year – over the last couple of year it has constantly conflicted with the kids and then other schedules, but this year I feel like sometimes I just couldn’t be bothered. Hmmm …

    As for the Patriots … I worked the stadium as a teenager starting at 14 lugging trays of sodas through the stands in Foxboro during the 2-14 years … so I can fully enjoy the continued dominance of the greatest football dynasty of all time powered by the all-time greatest coach and quarterback. 🙂

    1. I’m not surprised to hear that after getting out of the habit of social running, it is harder to get back in! I experienced that a lot when I first moved to Greenville. I really like being able to go out on my own schedule (like, down to the minute) and just could never embrace the idea of altering my schedule at all just to go run with people I don’t know. That changed a lot once I met a friend to run with, and the fact that we live really close to each other makes it very convenient! Otherwise, I’m not sure I’d bother.

      No comment on the Patriots. Gross.

  3. I’m glad you’re recovery from the surgery and illness! I think the frequency of your blog posts is fine, you write enough for us to stay engaged and don’t write too many (I actually hate when bloggers post every single day or twice a day, I cannot keep up with reading them).

    It’s awesome that you got to help out with the Route 66 race. All my marathon maniac/half fanatic friends seem to really love that one. I volunteer a lot at races, and it’s a lot more strenuous than running sometimes. You have to be there early and stay there until the last person finishes, and possibly even longer. I’m glad you still went and gave back to the community because so many runners just never volunteer or will stay home if they can’t RUN a race.

    Hope y’all get a new placement soon!

    1. Thanks Amy! Hahaha I agree – I can’t keep up with the frequency that some bloggers post. It’s too much! I also wonder how they have enough going on to actually have that much to say!

      I hope you make it out for Route 66 one year! I know you don’t travel super far for races usually, but this one is really worth the trip. Many Maniacs and Fanatics volunteer for the race, which is really nice! Because there’s two days of the expo and many people arrive early, it makes it pretty convenient to volunteer. It’s definitely exhausting but worth it for sure!

  4. My sister adopted 3 children that she fostered. My brother is currently fostering 2 girls from Lauren’s (one sexually assaulted by the father) guess it could be the phone call you guys received. They are precious girls & I commend you for fostering.

    1. That’s amazing, Jennifer! I had no idea your family had so many close ties to foster care. I love hearing those stories!

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