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BQs to Bottoming Out: What I’ve Learned From Injury and Triumph

This weekend is kind of a weird one for me: this weekend marks 4 months since I last ran (full-weight) and 1 year since my first BQ at the Phoenix Marathon. This weekend I am also traveling to New Orleans to spectate the Rock N Roll New Orleans Marathon, which I was supposed to be running, and to cheer on members of Team Challenge, which I am supposed to start coaching in a few weeks. Let’s just say it: It is an auspicious weekend, and thus has me reflecting on the past year and all that has transpired. 

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Last year, I ran 2 Boston Qualifying marathons (first at Phoenix and then at the Chicago Marathon). I also suffered 2 overuse injuries: one in my lower tibia, likely from a speedwork run in shoes that my feet and ankles were very unused to, and a sacral stress fracture, likely occurring while I ran the Chicago Marathon, a race that I was intending to run and not race.

Two huge highs, two low lows. What have I learned about myself and my body as a result of these past 12 months, and how can those reflections teach me as I move forward?

10 Lessons I’ve Learned From Being Injured and My BQs

A look at the lessons that I've learned in 12 months of injury and incredible running. From Boston Qualifying marathons to bottoming out with stress fractures | Suzlyfe.com

I am Capable and I am Stronger than I Know

Let’s face it, when you set out to accomplish something, generally you try to set goals that you know, or at least have the inkling, that you can achieve. I knew that I had the speed and endurance to run a Boston Qualifying marathon during my first marathon training, but I screwed the pooch with my lack of knowledge and experience. I cut serious time off of my first time with my second marathon, and I decided to go for it for my third. I trained smart, I was consistent, and I freaking did it. Me. Little Suz. 

And then I did it again.

I am Capable of blowing my own mind, living beyond expectations.

But I am Also Still Fragile

A month after my first BQ, I did a really hard speed training workout in shoes with no support. And a week or so later, I started to feel something not 100% in my ankle. Two weeks later, I could barely walk. After my second BQ, I felt a little tension on my left side, but it felt like soft tissue (as I’ve now learned many Sacral fractures do). Three weeks after my race, I was lying on the floor in tears. 

There are so many posts out there talking about what NOT to say to an injured athlete... so what CAN you say to someone dealing with injury? Find out at Suzlyfe.com.

Ask my husband, ask my Physical Therapist, ask any coach or personal trainer or doctor that has ever worked with me: I am an AMAZING patient. Not to brag, lol. I do what I am told (by and large), I admit when I mess up, and, above all, I am incredibly self aware, both physically and mentally. I know the difference between pain and discomfort. So why do I keep getting these catastrophic injuries? Because I forget that I am not invincible. 

I need to always practice constant vigilance.

Running is a Great Passion of Mine

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I love running. I love this sport. I love being a running coach and mentoring others to learn how capable they are, how strong they are, just as I have learned myself. I love the feeling of fighting through a mentally (or physically) tough run and coming out on the other side. I love the sunrise over the lake and seeing friends on the path. I love the sweat, the gear, the shoes, the clothes, the ability to believe in something greater for yourself and the world.

Running is a fuel for my life. 

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I Can Live Without Running

One of the toughest, but perhaps the most valuable, lessons that I have learned in the past year is that I can live without running. By that, I mean that I can live without going for a run myself. I was honestly scared by having activity taken away from me. Furthermore, never in a million years did I think I wouldn’t be running for as long as I have. But I have survived.

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You can find happiness even when not in the presence of something that you love.

I Cannot, However, Live (Happily) Without Activity

That said, I cannot live happily without physical activity. I have been unable to run, but had absolutely all activity been taken away from me, I don’t know what I would have done. 

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Being Capable Makes me Happy

Pain Changes You, Regardless Of How Well You Cope

Hand in hand with the previous point, I spent a great deal of the fall in serious pain. With my history of dealing with pain due to my chronic illness as well as a family littered with sufferers of various mechanical and pathological pain, I have always been very aware of the real effect of pain on the psyche. I did a relatively good job of coping with my injury–I was able to lean on my coaching business, on Alex, and on the hope that we would figure out what was going on. 

But pain still could flatten me, no matter how mentally strong I was.

But It Does Bring Your World Back Into Color as It Leaves

I will never forget that first walk to lunch when we came back from Mexico–it was my first relatively painfree walk since the injury, and the first time out in Chicago without crutches in 6 weeks. I will never forget what it felt like to run on the Alter-G for the first time. I will never take for granted the ability to bend over and tie my shoes or to turn over in bed. To open heavy doors. 

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Living without pain is like Dorothy discovering Oz.

There Is No Substitute for Freedom

If I could sum up the feeling of being in pain, of not being able to do what I loved, of not feeling like me, it would be trapped. I felt trapped in my body, trapped on the couch, trapped in our apartment (and you know how much I am ready to get out of that place!). Runners, marathoners, and people who push their bodies to an extreme–we know what it is like to feel discomfort (post long run or leg day) and to alter our schedules accordingly. But that is just the thing: we still are able to go about our schedules, our lives. I felt, in so many ways, scared to move. The release from that restriction truly is liberating. 

Movement is a gift. Be thankful for every shift: of heart, mind, or body.

Movement is a gift and a privilege.

But Inertia is a Very Real Thing

So you would think that I would up and humming, right? Not so much. On the one hand, we don’t want to over stress this newly reformed bone, but on the other hand, I have now been sitting 75% of the day for the past 4 months. I have spend 90% of my time indoors. 80% of my time alone. And now, I have the opportunity to get out there, to get involved with life…. and I don’t always know how, or I choose to sit inside and watch Netflix. What am I scared of? It can’t just be reinjury. It can’t just be the cold. 

Zoe and I having very deep conversations about deep things.

The first mile is often the hardest.

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You will make it through. It may not be easy, enjoyable, or short. But you can find happiness in the discomfort, and you can make it through to the other side.

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88 Comments

  • Reply Marcia

    Again, running is the perfect metaphor for life. It is precious and fleeting and we need to make the most of what we have.

    February 23, 2016 at 6:37 am
  • Reply Julie

    Yes, I HAVE to move everyday. My body craves it. And walking for sure is awesome exercise. I could not run as much last week because of all the snow but walked on the snow covered trails and oh my goodness it was exhausting!! I sometimes think I have to run but walking is amazing.

    February 23, 2016 at 6:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will take what ever movement I can get at this point.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Christine @ Two Runners Travel

    I have also learned that I can live without running but not activity. So impressed that you are doing all of the right things to get well. I feel like a lot of people run through injuries. With this latest knee issue, I promised I would get well for the long haul. Sure, I could have taken the injection like the doctor recommended and get back to running sooner, but I really want to approach this the correct way. I identified with a lot of this post. It’s sometimes nice to read about someone else who is injured rather than someone who is out running all the time. 🙂

    February 23, 2016 at 6:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, happy to oblige, lol. I have a bit of practice with it!

      February 24, 2016 at 8:55 am
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    Are you in my head? We had such similar years with injuries and “lessons learned.” I can definitely survive without running, but it adds so much to my life that I don’t want to. My injury also showed me that I have more mental strength than I thought possible (which is odd considering it doesn’t take much mental strength to sit on the couch). But thinking positive and keeping things in perspective is so important in recovery!

    February 23, 2016 at 6:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Perspective is everything. Without it, we focus on one thing, instead of seeing everything.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:53 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    It’s remarkable how simultaneously strong and fragile our bodies are, isn’t it? I like your lesson on coping, because that’s often all we can do when life gives us lemons: lean on pthers and find a way to cope.

    February 23, 2016 at 7:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Applesauce, baby.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Heather @Fit n Cookies

    Your attitude towards everything thrown your way is incredible, Suz. Such an inspiration! I hate that you have had to deal with all of these things, though. It’s been such a bipolar year for you on the fitness front. Let’s pray this is it and you’re getting back to yourself and gonna be able to run again!

    February 23, 2016 at 7:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Heather. I really hope that I am getting close. But thank goodness that I’ve gotten through in one piece.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Anna @Piper's Run

    “I can live without running but I can’t live without activity” – that’s me to a T! I totally get all of these points. Though soccer is my first love and running is second…I can live without soccer for now but glad I have other things I can do to still be active. Once my hammy in ready for soccer, I’ll be back at it but for now I’m content.
    Biggest lesson for me: don’t settle for mediocre health care….find what you really want and go after it. I received way better care once I changed from an every day PT to a Sports PT. MADE the difference 100%.

    February 23, 2016 at 7:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      PREACH to that last one. I love my PTs–they understand the athlete’s body and needs and they are amazing at what they do.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Margaret @ youngandrungry

    I love how each lesson has two perspectives because that’s true for everything in life. Negativity isn’t fun, but it’s not genuine to be 100% positive 100% of the time and I think this is a very genuine post! I love what you said about being able to live without running, but not without movement because although I haven’t discovered that yet for myself, I know it would be very true, but I am SO thankful for the ability to run everyday!

    February 23, 2016 at 7:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you never have to discover what it is like to be without movement!

      February 24, 2016 at 8:50 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Such a great attitude. I’ve not been able to run before too and it’s felt like the entire world is taken away from you, but then it becomes easier and you find other ways to be happy because being miserable over it stinks. It makes you appreciate ALL the runs when you can run again.

    February 23, 2016 at 8:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I thought that I appreciated my runs before, but nothing compared to what I will feel now!

      February 24, 2016 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Amy Lauren

    I don’t respond much but I really loved this post. I’m so glad you are recovering and as someone who has experienced an injury (although nowhere near as bad, I was out of running for 7 weeks), I can empathize a bit. Those first few runs back are so tough because you feel so fragile and are scared of re-injury!

    February 23, 2016 at 8:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much for commenting, Amy–you know how much it means to me. I really do feel fragile right now. Excited, and terrified.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Ellie

    These are such great realizations Suz. When I was without a car for a couple weeks I realized that even though I hate driving and avoid it if I can, it is great for quick trips, impulse outings or to get somewhere when you’re tired. Being without it made me physically stronger (I can still walk places even if I thought I was too tired) and also able to go without things I thought I needed for another day or so. It also made me complacent hanging out more at home or at the library rather than a bookstore or cafe on my days off.
    I also was reminded how fortunate I am to live in a place where emergency items are somewhere I can walk to.
    Who knows, maybe your future is in coaching others and not running yourself. That is kind of exciting!

    February 23, 2016 at 8:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so glad that I can walk to what I need, and drive to what I want.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Rae

    Being able to reflect on a difficult time and find the lessons in it is such an important life skill. I’m very impressed with how you’ve handled yourself these last few months, and I have my fingers, toes, and eyes crossed that your recovery continues to go well!

    February 23, 2016 at 8:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope so, too. Thank you, Rae!

      February 24, 2016 at 8:45 am
  • Reply Salt

    I’ve been doing a lot of self reflection lately too and trying to pull as many lessons as I can from the events of the past year. I hate that you have been injured and unable to run, but you have still been just as inspiring to me during this time as you always were and even more after reading this. <3

    February 23, 2016 at 8:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love you, mama. You have done an amazing job holding everything together through what you are going through as well. I wish I could do more.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:44 am
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    I definitely think you’ve handled all of this really well considering how important running is to you. Now no more injuires, ok?

    February 23, 2016 at 8:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That would be so lovely.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:43 am
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    There have definitely been days in my life where my main goal is to just survive through the day, go to sleep and wake up in a new day. Sometimes it’s what you need! You have been so strong trhough the past year and it’s been amazing to see you become even stronger and navigate everything!

    February 23, 2016 at 8:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Morgan. Hopefully it’ll help me with my fertility journey.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:43 am
  • Reply Suzy

    You really did have two high highs and two low lows. Swinging from extreme to extreme would be so tough and you inspired me with how well you dealt with it all. You’re an incredible woman.

    That back injury that I had was nowhere NEAR what you had to deal with but it really screwed up my body! I can still feel its effects on my low back, my hamstrings, my core. That pain messed with my head in the worst of ways. I do not take pain-free for granted anymore.

    February 23, 2016 at 9:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m glad that you injury was tiny compared to mine! I wouldn’t wish what I have gone through on anyone.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:42 am
  • Reply GiGi Eats

    Oh man, I don’t have to get injured in order to know that I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT activity! ha! I give you SO MUCH CREDIT with staying SANEEEEEEE through your injury though. I’d got bat shit!

    February 23, 2016 at 9:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Luckily, I wasn’t sane to begin with.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:42 am
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    Love this. You are so strong physically, mentally, in so many aspects of life. Just all around badassery.

    February 23, 2016 at 9:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Badass unicornery 😀

      February 24, 2016 at 8:41 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    I think injuries are subtle reminder to stop, appreciate and reflect. It really does renew your outlook on everything. P.S. I can’t believe you ran in Phoenix last year and didn’t visit me! 🙁

    February 23, 2016 at 9:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I didn’t know you then!

      February 24, 2016 at 8:40 am
  • Reply Michelle

    And THIS is one of the reasons I feel such a connection and LOVE to you. You aren’t just all about PR’s and awards. You are REAL. Running is freedom, and when it’s taken away it is easy to hole yourself up but you RECOGNIZE that, and are reaching out through this post. I see a lunch date in our future. Or a dinner date with some wine? <3 Love and hugs, Suz. YOU'VE got this. 😉

    February 23, 2016 at 9:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would definitely be down. You let me know when. Love you.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:40 am
  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    So good <3 We can get through those hardest days or "seasons" in life, 100%! xoxo

    February 23, 2016 at 10:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m just ready for a change of seasons!

      February 24, 2016 at 8:39 am
  • Reply Kaella On The Run

    I have this EXACT same post idea in my drafts right now. We’ve both been through a lot lately and both, ultimately, learned a lot about ourselves.

    I hope I’m a good patient too 😉

    February 23, 2016 at 11:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are an exceptional patient!

      February 24, 2016 at 8:39 am
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    Love this. Injuries make us so much stronger. You know I’ve been injured a thousand times, and each time, it gets a little bit easier to get through. Right now, I don’t even miss running. I love the exercise I’m doing outside of it and it’s no longer my entire life, which is good, because given my history, it won’t last forever. I think we learn some really important lessons. I’ve been thinking of writing a similar post. I could do better on being a good patient by actually doing the exercises they give me though…

    February 23, 2016 at 12:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that we need to learn that balance can be just as gratifying as getting something 100%. Maybe even better, because then we appreciate it more!

      February 24, 2016 at 8:38 am
  • Reply Smitha @ Running with SD Mom

    It is funny! You don’t know how much pain you are in until you no longer feel any pain.

    February 23, 2016 at 12:53 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And then, when you feel anything, it freaks you the freak out.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:38 am
  • Reply meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles

    For sure one huge thing is that I am stronger than I think. Or really, sometimes it’s the tough stuff that we go through that makes us stronger and better able to deal with whatever else comes our way.

    February 23, 2016 at 1:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree with you. Self feeding cycle.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:37 am
  • Reply Kristy @ Southern In Law

    You have come so far! I think tough times bring you back to reality and help you realise what’s really important. They also help you to realise who your true support network is and how strong you can be!

    February 23, 2016 at 2:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank goodness for my support network, I don’t know what I would do without them!

      February 24, 2016 at 8:36 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I also forget that I am not invincible it’s always a tough reminder when something happens. Yes you can live without running although when I was told I couldn’t run last year I thought my life was over. I felt like a fraud. I like to think that I appreciate my running days more now and try not to take them for granted.

    February 23, 2016 at 3:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Every injury has taught me in a big way how much I love what I do (running) but how you can balance what you love with what you need.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:35 am
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    I love that your journeys with running, etc. are parallels to LIFE. I kept nodding my head after reading each one…maybe I should have said “mmHMMM” and snapped my fingers, too! Would’ve creeped out the people next to me at Paradox…

    February 23, 2016 at 3:59 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am sure that way weirder things have happened at Paradox 😀

      February 24, 2016 at 8:34 am
  • Reply Kerri Mcgrail

    Gosh, there are just so many lessons that can be learned from running. I have learned my best lessons during similar moments to you- great races and injuries. It taught me how capable I am, but also that sometimes even when you train hard/ are prepared, you aren’t invincible (even though I like to think I am). Running adds so much to my life, and like you said, I can live without it, but I’d rather not have to!

    February 23, 2016 at 5:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Cheers to that!

      February 24, 2016 at 8:34 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    It really has been quite a year for you. I think what’s important is being able to learn something from the tough times and move forward. At least you have been able to figure out a pattern to these injuries so you know what to do differently moving forward!

    February 23, 2016 at 6:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really hope so. I think I am just fragile to an extent. But I do the best that I can.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:33 am
  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    I always find it odd when people do not fit in activity to their daily life style. I guess it all comes down to what is important to them. When their is a will, there is a way.
    Even when you can’t run we find a way to work out the best we can. Keep up the good work Suz!

    February 23, 2016 at 7:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Lacey! And I agree, when there is a will, there is a way indeed.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Michele @ paleorunningmomma

    These hard times really show us who we are at our core I think. The toughest of tough times have always turned around and driven my life. An injury along with other health issues was what led me to paleo and then blogging, that would be my most recent turnaround. Great things will come from all of this for you I believe!

    February 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I sure hope so!

      February 24, 2016 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Kim Hatting

    We all know how running parallels life….sometimes you have to show your respect for that which you love by stepping back and not loving it too much. In other words…I have learned that I need to not train like a badazz maniac and trust in my endurance. This off-season has been great for me…I have stayed consistent and I have not “needed” to carelessly run long runs every weekend just because I “could.” My piriformis/glutes/hamstrings are all much happier 😉

    February 23, 2016 at 9:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is exactly why I stepped away from riding–I had loved it too much and I needed to respect that I no longer needed it like I used to.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:31 am
  • Reply Kristen

    Love this post! I know exactly what you mean about living pain free – when it’s gone I literally feel its absence because I’ve spent more days in pain in the last few months than without pain. Running injuries are so crazy but I love that you were able to learn so much from your running injury. You are so tough and I’m so proud of you for getting to this point! I know the recovery period once you can run will be tough because you’ll want to do so much, but I know you’ll be able to make it through once you take that first step. Thanks for being so inspiring!

    February 23, 2016 at 11:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much, Kristen!

      February 24, 2016 at 8:28 am
  • Reply jill conyers

    Susie this is one of the best injury related posts ever. Every lesson is spot on!

    February 24, 2016 at 3:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! That is so sweet!

      February 24, 2016 at 8:28 am
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I think the “I can survive without running” one is really interesting, because when you are so in to something and it is such a big part of your life, it is hard to imagine your life without it.

    February 24, 2016 at 5:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am just glad that I can have it in my life regardless, you know?

      February 24, 2016 at 8:27 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I kept trying to read this yesterday but that 404 message kept popping up. Finally. I am here.

    Anyways, I know I could survive without running, but do I want to? That’s the difference. Someday I won’t be able to run. I know that, and I think that’s why I embrace where I’m at right now. Who’s old?

    February 24, 2016 at 6:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Someone else got the 404 message as well. So weird. But it seams to be fixed now at least.
      I am the same way: I want to run while I can, until I can’t. I hope that this isn’t the can’t.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:27 am
  • Reply Kat

    Man Suzy, I am so glad that I found your blog. [or did you find mine? doesn’t matter in the end!] You just have such a great, positive outlook on things – even when you hit bump after bump, you just dust yourself off, look to the positive, and keep going. I cannot even tell you how inspirational and HUGE that is for someone like me who tends to focus on only the negatives [Im trying to be more positive!].
    I pray and hope you continute to heal and can once again get back to running and what you love – though it might suck, I think you might be ok without it too 🙂

    February 25, 2016 at 8:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      How about this: I am so glad that we found each other 😀 I know what it is like to feel stuck, and believe me, it has taken me a long time, and a lot of self therapy and external and internal love, to get to where I am now.
      And I think, no, I know, you are right: regardless of what happens, I will be ok.

      February 26, 2016 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    “You have an 100% Success Rate of Surviving Your Worst Days” <– really love this. I 100% know that activity has such a positive effect on my energy and mood. No matter how tired, crabby, or upset I am, I almost always feel better after getting my blood flowing with a good workout. Heck, it doesn't even have to be a workout. Most of the time, even getting up and going out for a walk are enough to get my head on straight.

    February 25, 2016 at 11:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Not being able to get up and go for a walk (because I was injured) to clear my head (necessary because I was injured) was one of the toughest parts of the past few months. I really did start to go a bit batty at times. It feels like such a gift to be able to take advantage of that moment now.

      February 26, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Emily

    YES, I love your positivity and your realistic look at both the good and the bad. You’re always so balanced when it comes to looking at injury. And I 100% agree that getting injured has made me treasure the ability to move, without pain, SO MUCH more, because I realize just what a gift our bodies are from God, and how much I take them for granted. Moving, running, and being alive are all such wonderful gifts. This is going to make me appreciate being able to take the huskies for a walk later today.

    February 25, 2016 at 11:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love that. There is nothing wrong with feeling freedom and living in the moment, but I am learning again how much living in the moment is taking the moments to be thankful for the littlest details, like turning over.

      February 26, 2016 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    You are incredible! I love your attitude on the hard things. I am so happy you are able to start moving again and are loving things other than running. I can’t imagine the transition. Everything in life is so mental and you are a rockstar.

    February 25, 2016 at 12:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement, Alaina. It truly means so much!

      February 26, 2016 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Rosey Rebecca

    I can TOTALLY relate to everything you’ve written here. I’m not a runner but I do exercise A LOT and when my hip started bothering me two years ago and it took the doctors almost a year to figure out that I needed surgery, I was so frustrated with my body. Living in pain DOES change you and like you, I can still remember the first time I walked up stairs without crutches after my surgery. And the first time I went for a walk without hip pain. I’ve had to learn to let go of a lot of things I was easily able to do before, but I’ve found new ways to workout that my body is ok with. It’s definitely all about listening to your body and figuring out what it needs. Great post!

    February 25, 2016 at 6:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, and I am so glad to hear that you are doing so much better yourself! It is hard to learn new boundaries, to accept them, but also to learn not to be scared all the time. I think I will remember that first walk without pain for a long time, as well.

      February 26, 2016 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Cayanne Marcus @healthyezsweet

    This is so beautifully composed. That first point really hit me because one of my favorite quotes is, “You’re stronger than you think and 10x stronger than you feel at this moment.” I think it’s so admirable the way you have recognized your strength but also your inherent need to be cared for by YOU. Well done

    February 26, 2016 at 9:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much Cayanne, that is so sweet of you! This injury has been humbling, but also empowering. I’ve learned that I have so much mental strength, and way more than I initially gave myself credit for!

      February 26, 2016 at 2:18 pm
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