Tuesday, January 10, 2012


So in last nights blog, I said things happen for a reason.  Today I learned I was absolutely right!  I had my first physical therapy session to work on my knee today.  What you may not know, is starting on New Year's Eve, my back started to really hurt.  It is my low back, middle and to the right.  Same side as my knee.

After doing some tests, pushing and pulling.  Watching me walk and stretch.  Asking and answering a bunch of questions, my therapist told me no running for at least 4 weeks!!!  What?!  I have a race on February 5th! Well, I guess I don't now.  Boo Hoo.  She said the pounding that happens when you run will make my back worse.  So we are going to fix it before I start up again.  She said my pain is all running related.  I, however, feel it is because I will be 40 in less than a month.

Let me first say, I liked her a lot.  We will be a good match the next several weeks.  The facility was very nice and the machines all looked new.  I have all the confidence in the world that I will come out of this a better runner.  I am just bummed that I can't run for 4 weeks, maybe more. Will I be ready for the 10k in April?  I sure hope so.  Really glad now I didn't win an entry into the Cox Providence Half Marathon.

There are plenty of things that I can still do, so I will continue to work out at the gym.  I do love spin class and will plan on that twice a week.  But what else?  What classes can you recommend that will keep me going and still have fun.  Keep in mind, no bouncing.

Last night, I went to bed feeling pretty good.  I had a plan in place and I was happy with it.  Now, right off the bat, my first race on the list is not gonna happen.  I know I was a maybe, but the way the weather has been, I bet it would of been a nice day.  Can't dwell on it, just need to get better.

So here is what I am thankful for.  I am thankful that I am able to see good doctors and get this taken care of.  I am thankful that I will get better and continue running.  I am thankful that there are plenty of very nice races this year and I should be able to do most of the ones I want.  I am thankful that I have support from family and friends.  And I am thankful for all of you.  Thank you for reading, but most of all, thank you for you kind comments and advice.  Thank you for the motivation, which I really need now.

I suppose my posts over the next several weeks will mostly be about my PT, but I am sure I can come up with a few more things that may be more interesting.  Please let me know how your training is going and if you run a race, let me know how it goes.  I can live vicariously through you.

Run strong, think big!


  1. Good luck Nicole!!!! Sorry to hear about your bump un the road. You got this girl stay strong!!!

  2. Nicole, I am so sorry that this happened to you. Can I do something for you? I will come up if you need me to be there to help you with the children or the house. Daddy and I are here for you ~ ALWAYS ! Please tell us these things and don't let us read them on FB or your Blog. You are our life and we love you dearly. Please be careful and remember that we are there for you.

  3. Rob, Edinburgh, ScotlandJanuary 11, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Just to let you know my lousy medal arrived today so I would think you will get yours soon if you dont have it already. Just noticed for your blog that you wont be running for a while, o wishing you all the best and good luck with the physio.
    Hope to see you up and running again soon.

  4. Hope you get better soon! Take care!! Best wishes with therapy.

  5. Oh, so sorry to hear that... time off is always disappointing. But yes, if you keep up with spin class and other activities, I think you can still do the 10k. Do you like to swim? That's always great cross training. Or the elliptical, while boring, can help utilize some of the same running muscles. Extra strength training will help too... if you can, do the exercises the pt teaches you on some additional days. Good luck, and stay positive!

  6. I will Laura, but I got more bad news. Will blog about it a little later.