After Chicago, I bounced right back into training and the consistency and all my prehab/strength work was finally paying off - I felt AMAZING. Off to Kauai and then when I came back, I was really excited to do some serious damage in a 1/2 marathon. Life was GRAND.
Kaui was definitely not your typical lay on the beach vacation - it was an amazing adventure!
|the only sunny day we had we made the most of (trust me, no sun, CB does NOT do water, I am always cold) This was an awesome snorkeling adventure!|
|The runs were absolutely epic here, you would be running in a sunny sauna, then pouring rain, then a rain forest, then a desert, it was like 10 different ecosystems in one run. Crazy.|
|We hiked the "Sleeping Giant" in pouring rain, but it was still amazing!|
|This was the Waimea Canyon Hike, we took the unbeaten path and found this gem!|
|Just chilling on a rock at the edge of a cliff.|
What I will not do is be fake with you. I do not think anyone reads blogs to read a bunch of fluff. This is real - or I would not do it. Having said that, this entry is more for me then updating friends and family :( It is so much easier for me to write my way through life then actually say it. I'm absolutely, positively, 100% devastated. I spent my entire 2015 fighting, fighting, fighting to come back. 2016 was amazing, and then one very, silly step at the end now zeroes out all the work, all the progress, I had made. And at the same time. I know: that.is.life.
The good news is setbacks like this sometimes make you step back and look at things - and the MRI and blood tests show my bones are strong as hell, everything is in the right thresholds, and it was just a freak accident. And so you motor on. I know how to do this, I know how to keep my fitness in the pool, I have an amazing doctor in Dr. Maynard who is my lifeline throughout this, I know how to rehab, and God knows why but I have a coach who still believes in me, even when right now when I am struggling with believing in myself. I'll be back. Because it is in the journey that dreams are made. And man, will I have one hell of a journey to look back on. When I went through the ankle injury in 2015 I had 4 phrases I said every single day that drove me to keep fighting, to not give up. I never stopped saying them actually, but now I cling to them more then ever.
I know it's nuts, I know I am nuts. I should hang it up, it's not happening. But I can't, I won't, I want it too bad. Maybe more now then ever before if that is even possible.