Six years ago, in November to be exact, I challenged myself to a half marathon. I was trying to find a creative and emotional outlet in addition to the physical feats, so I decided to write a post a day for the final 30 days of training on my then-new personal blog.
Today marks exactly 15 months since I had arthroscopic surgery on my right hip to repair a torn and detached labrum, repair a torn ligament, and remove several bone spurs.
It has been 15 months of nonstop physical therapy, and 15 months of almost NO writing. I did not intend to not write. I thought I would be sharing the story of my recovery with ease, because telling stories of progress are generally easy and fun to write.
But no. My recovery, while without any medical complications, was incredibly slow, and filled with setbacks that depleted my energy and distracted my creativity. I know it’s no excuse to not write, and I know it’s not supposed to be easy every time I sit down to write. And, if I am being completely honest, I think I would have healed faster if I had been writing. But, I didn’t write and I healed slowly. I turned inward and even isolated a bit. I wasn’t completely bumming out or anything. I also managed to fall in love, which, if you have too, know it is as heady as it is grounding.
I am now running enough miles in a row to be ready for an event, so I have signed up for a 10K on December 6 (for non-runners, that is 6.2 miles). It is part of the North Face Endurance Challenge Series, my favorite event of the year. Since I am not physically ready to run a half marathon (my distance of choice), the 10K is perfect to challenge my body, AND, my writing. Yes, I am planning to write nearly every day for the next 35 days! I aim to tell the stories of my recovery, and the feelings about training for a race being SIX YEARS OLDER than my first North Face half.
There are a lot of feelings about that.
Racers, ready. And GO!