FUNDRAISING IN FULL SWING!

I’ve started busily fundraising and planning upcoming fundraising events. I’m more determined than ever to get back to running!

A few ways you can help:

  1. Go to my fundraising page and donate! This is the page that was provided to me by the charity to fundraise: http://online.ccfa.org/goto/MomJennGoal262
  2. Buy from Schwan’s using my fundraising code (32389) or click below:
    https://www.schwans-cares.com/campaigns/32389-jenn-runs-chicago-for-team-challenge
  3. Like my Facebook page to see events that you can attend if you live in or around Bloomington, Illinois (right next to Normal, guys. Like…almost Normal. But not. Get it?):  https://www.facebook.com/MomJennGoal26point2/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND FOR READING MY BLOG.

I’m going to start training very soon and I’ll be so excited, I’m sure I’ll have an update for my blog! We’ll go step by step through training for a marathon after a long absence from injury. We’ll cover what I’m doing in addition to running to prepare for the big race. I’ll plug my fundraiser when I can because I really want to help Crohn’s and Colitis be a thing of the past by helping find a cure!!!! Below is the logo I created for my facebook page. It may look really simple, but I’m not a graphic artist, so it wasn’t for me. Respect to those who can do it and do it well.

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Finish in sight

The cast has been off about a week and a half now. I’ve started to wean from the walking boot. I’ve seen the physical therapist. I’m doing exercises to strengthen my ankle. These are all good things. I’m headed in the direction of getting back out for a run. I’d even take a “dreadmill” run over the stationary bike at this point.

I can definitely see the finish a little more clearly now. I’m at the point where there’s probably a few hills on the way, but at least I don’t doubt there is an end in sight to this injury and the whole process of getting myself into running shape again.

The challenge I’m currently dealing with is the first phase of my physical therapy. I am working my ankle and my calves three times a day to regain some strength. The therapist says that I should be able to start training again in 3-4 weeks. She understood my desire to run again and didn’t question my therapy goal of “to run outside again.” I even explained to her that I’m already signed up for a marathon in October that I will be completing by doing intervals. We had a good conversation about how intervals are used in races and how it was actually a great method for long distance racing. She even said she would consider using it in her own training. I was so appreciative that the experience with physical therapy was a positive one.

I’ve had to ice my ankle after each PT workout. It isn’t pleasant to complete all of the reps, but I’m already making progress. The first day I put a shoe on over my brace instead of the boot, my leg below the knee and my foot felt so fragile that I was afraid to walk on it. I wasn’t steady and I was completely ready to put the boot back on after the time period as I was instructed. Now, I feel more sure of myself in my shoes and the brace than I did before.

I’m glad that I have been able to get out of the boot and that I can walk better because I’ve been up rather often at night with my youngest child, who just had her tonsils and adenoids removed Wednesday. She had a sleep disorder that I’m hoping is now resolved after she recovers. While she seems to be recovering well, we’re giving her medicine around to the clock to prevent pain and ensure no infection develops. She’s not a happy camper at 2am or 6am. She also sees no point in taking medicine when she’s trying to sleep and makes it a challenge each time. Her cuteness keeps my head from exploding and leaving brain matter all over the room. At least I assume that’s why I can find adorable a little girl knocking things out of my hand in the middle of the night and yelling, “NO,” at me when I’m barely awake. I’ll miss her little snores that let me know she’d fallen asleep each night, but there’s comfort knowing that her quality of sleep will improve after we stop waking her every few hours for meds.

So, I could be running by next month. I could be running on a treadmill for my therapist soon. I’m going to keep fundraising. Now I know that I’m going to be able to make my marathon dreams happen with the right level of self care and discipline. I haven’t been great with going to the gym and I haven’t been keeping up with eating right. Sometimes, I let my feeling icky seep into my health and fitness. That’s going to have to stop if I want to make my goal a reality….and I do.

Please check out my fundraising page on Facebook and consider a donation. Any amount is appreciated and goes to a very good cause. My 16 year old has ileocolonic Crohn’s disease, so I am doing this for her as well. Thank you for reading! Have a great week!

My Facebook is here: MomJennGoal26point2

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I wore my Team Challenge shirt for the first time this week. To my therapy appointment.

Getting closer

I’m finally getting closer to running! At least I hope so. I saw the doc today again. Foot rotations, poking, and prodding were all painless to my ankle. I was impressed, but also very stiff when asked to move things around.

He said I could get fitted for a brace and no longer wear the cast that I’d been having changed weekly for the past 5 weeks. I’ve been through light blue (twice), pink, purple, and red for cast colors. So, he said that I’ll be wearing the brace with the boot full time (except shower and sleep) for the next week. After that, I’ll wean from the boot, but not the brace, for a week. I’ll slip out of the boot and wear my brace and an athletic shoe for increasing time increments until I’m fully out of the boot. Once out of the boot, I’ll still need to wear the brace full time (except showers and bed) for 6 weeks. Then, I’ll have to wear the brace every time I do anything where I could re-injure my ankle. I forgot to ask him if that meant walking to the bus stop, since that is actually how the injury occurred in the first place.

I tried to ask if I could go swimming, but he asked if I meant for exercise or pleasure and he said I could get in and do water aerobics, but not any lap swimming for awhile. He once again directed me to the stationary bike , which I explained the issue of the boot making one leg much longer than the other and me banging my knees or missing the pedals entirely. He agreed that as long as it didn’t hurt my ankle, I could wear an athletic shoe to operate the bike (with the brace on).

So basically, I didn’t exactly get the news I was hoping for. STILL….I get to shave the part of my leg that has been steadily growing hair for 5 weeks. I can take showers without that foot condom thing to protect the cast from getting wet.

I have a consultation with a physical therapist next week, so I’ll know more about my timeline with running then. I’ll probably know by the look on her face when I tell her I want to run a marathon in October whether or not I will be ‘cleared’ for it. I’m hoping that by saying I’ll train in intervals, the idea will be less likely to get ‘moved to the recycle bin’.

I miss running. Last week was spring break and I didn’t make time for the gym. I just kind of let the laziness flow into this week and now I feel bad that I haven’t worked out. I was kind of letting the situation get under my skin with having the boot and a harder time getting around. It’s hard to override the voice in my head that is like “f*ck it, let’s go eat chocolate and read a book,” instead of, “let’s change into fun workout clothes and see how many times I can lift heavy things.”

So I’m looking into my eating habits and I’m questioning them. I’m going to do something drastic soon. I’ve prepared by drinking a soda as a way of bidding it farewell. I will not give up chocolate because I’m not insane or delusional. I like it and I associate it with relaxation. So, I’m just going to clean up my nutrition a bit and weed out some bad habits I’ve developed.

All that might bore you to death. Or not. I don’t know. I know that I still plan to run a marathon in October until someone says that it is not in the cards. I will fundraise regardless. I will eventually have my shot at running a marathon, and then I will promptly avoid long distance running for awhile.

I went to a race this past weekend and watched my husband in his first half marathon race. I got to see a few people who I know through running cross the finish line as well. One person had her first half marathon that day, too and she was so elated to finish, it made the trip and the hobbling around totally worth it. Also, I saw Abe Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln at Starbucks….lol. Photographic evidence:

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Thanks for reading! Consider donating to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation for my fundraising efforts. I’ve got a little more than $1500 to go and I’m really excited at this opportunity to raise awareness about IBD. Thanks for reading! Questions and comments are always welcome!