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!

img_0098-41 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.

53263473500__87ac0476-6d8f-47fe-b515-57b4a43c271d-e1511295453801-769x1024-42 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!