Monday, February 23, 2009

Good news x 2

This morning I had my follow-up appointment at the Fracture Clinic. My shoulder has healed up very nicely since the accident on January 24th. The x-ray indicates almost complete healing and I have full mobility of my shoulder/arm. It will take a little bit of time to build my strength back up, but doc suspects I will be 100% in another few weeks. YAY!

And the even better news? I ran yesterday. I ran! I was extremely nervous as I stepped out the door yesterday afternoon (in a snow storm, no less), but I was pleasantly surprised. My shoulder didn't bother me at all (didn't even wear the evil blood-clot-causing sling). My legs felt like they could GO! GO! GO!, but I took my time and held an easy pace. By the end of 4.2K (2.5mi) my lungs felt like they were going to burst, so I headed home feeling satisfied.

I'm not sure what to expect as far as building my endurance back up, so I'm taking it a day at a time. It just feels so darn good to be able to run again. Hallelujah!

There's still some really, really crappy stuff going on, but a little bit of good news can go a long way. And let me tell you, I really needed some good news right about now. Thanks for all of your comments and support. It helps having people behind me, even virtually.

41 comments:

Road Warrior said...

That's great that you got out to run, Marlene. Nothing like a little exercise to clear your head.

Don't worry about working back up. It will come. Besides, now you have an excuse to run a shorter distance :)

Erik said...

I'm so glad you got to go run. Congrats on the shoulder.

Sometimes getting out there and running can make that not so good stuff not seem so bad.

good luck girl!

E

Zorbs said...

http://www.flexyourbody.com/wp/?p=62

Check out the part about the guy who rehabbed his separated shoulder using kettlebells.

I'm going to again suggest that you find Mario Mavrides at the gym and have him show you some kettlebell stuff to strengthen your shoulder.

RunningLaur said...

yay!
It may take a bit, but I'm sure that you'll be back to distance again. Now you have an inspirational story to share!

Lily on the Road said...

Hang tough girl, good and / or bad.

Great news on getting out for a run, I can't believe it has been a month, I bet you can't believe it HAS been a month!

Take care of yourself....sometimes being on the couch curled up with a comforter is okay you know....

J said...

So glad you got some good news! And you got to run! Awesome! Hope this week is good for you!

Toni said...

That's great news! It's fantastic that you can run again!

Vickie said...

Marlene, that is very good news! Finally able to run. And just when winter is trying to get in one last (or hopefully last) hurrah! If you are taking blood thinner medication, you can expect to be a little fatigued from that until you're off it for a while, so be patient.

Chic Runner said...

glad you got to run this weekend! :) Soon you'll be upping your distance again in no time! Hooray for good news

Runner Leana said...

Marlene, I'm so glad to hear you are healing up well and were able to go out for a run!!! That must have felt amazing!

I'm sorry to hear that you have more bad news to deal with though. Geez, more hugs your way...best of luck!

Vickie said...

As a P.S. to the effects of blood thinners and exercise--you may or may not hear this from any doctor and I did mention this above, but with the thinner blood, its almost like you are anemic, so you feel a little fatigued and sluggish when exerting. It shouldn't prevent you from doing anything, but you may become frustrated. (I have known several athletes who were on it temporarily for injuries or surgeries and they all reported the same thing when resuming exercise.)Once off the blood thinners (6 months is the norm), it may take another month or so to build back up.

Run Mommy said...

That's great! It must have felt fantastic to get out there again. Great work.

ShoreTurtle said...

You deserve some good news! I'm glad that you had a good run.

ShoreTurtle said...

You deserve some good news! I'm glad that you had a good run.

Melanie said...

you picked a rough day weather-wise to get back out there, but i totally know what you mean by just being happy to be running again. :) I'm so happy for you.

Running Around Acres said...

Glad you finally made it outside and ran. Take it easy and it'll come back quicker than you think.

And what a great day to start running again in, now the weather can only get better.

Janice {Run Far} said...

YAY for running again... that is awesome.

Heather said...

Great news about the should and SO glad that you were able to get out for a run!

Amanda said...

Great news Marlene! I know that has to feel good to get back out there, congrats!

Beth said...

Great job! Keep it up!

Marci said...

This is great news!! I am so happy that you are out there and running again. I hope it helps with the other stuff you are going through! I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Denise said...

I'm so happy for you! Must have been great to get out there running. Just take it easy and build up slowly so you don't injure yourself.

Marcy said...

Oooo Marlene that's fantastic news! Nothing like a little bit of good news during the storm, eh? YAY!1

teacherwoman said...

Yay! That is great news! Wahoo!

Carly said...

That is wonderful news!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Yay, good for you. Now go run a marathon.

littlesack said...

ok, im all caught up with whats going on with you- bloodwork, etc. You've seriously had a really rough month!!!

Good news about the shoulder. I think your endurance will come back more quickly than you think.

Ok, so Im all glad about the shoulder and keeping you in my thoughts about everything else.

You are definitely being tested this year! Just make sure you show how strong you really are.

I Run for Fun said...

So happy you are able to run, Marlene. So reassuring that little things like snow storms cannot stop you! Things will definitely begin to get better.Hang in there!

Stacey said...

Yay! I'm glad you got to run! And that your shoulder will be back to normal soon! That is GREAT news!

lindsay said...

yayy! what a relief, my legs were getting a little tired with all your miles! ;) i'm so glad you ran PAIN FREE. the fitness will come back, taking it one day at a time is a must! so glad you are recovering and getting back to running.

Blyfinn said...

So glad you were able to go run and help out with some stress. It's great to hear that the shoulder is almost back to normal.

Laurel said...

YAY! I love hearing the great news! You totally deserve some right about now.

X-Country2 said...

You ran! It's all up from here!

joyRuN said...

Hooray for the running!

The Happy Runner said...

YAY!!! You'll get your endurance back. It may take a little time to build up but you'll get it soon. Enjoy getting back out there!

Kristen said...

yeahhhhh YOU RAN!!!!

I got chills just reading that!
I'm so happy for you and I know your legs are happy too!

aron said...

WOOOOOO running! i bet that felt amazing :) hope the good news just keeps on coming for you!

tfh said...

That's great, great news. I'm sorry you have some other crappy stuff going on, but hopefully being able to run a little will give you some time to emotionally, physically, mentally deal with it in a healthy way.

Julianne said...

I'm glad you were able to go for a run... and succesfully!!! Hope your shoulder heels 100% ASAP!!

JenZen said...

That is SO AWESOME!!! YeeeHaaawwww!!! I'm so edxcited for you!

Brian said...

omgomgomgomgomg. Good vibes sent your way. Awesome news!

Take it slow and just keep the faith!