Building a Base

Building a Base So here’s my mileage (in km’s) since I started shuffling in early July: 11, 38, 52, 48, 58, 61, 70, 70, 78, 30, and 71. Yep, a little recent set back with the 30 km week due to a pain behind the left knee. Likely the transition to straight running with no walk breaks, increased road running, and …

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Possible is not always Easy

Best hoodie ever. Coffee on the back deck at the cabin, “Living the Dream” with my sister. Beautiful scenes enjoyed this summer while returning to running. My training partner doing exercises with me in the cabin. Rest. Rejoice. Recover. Yes! 13 years with this great guy! Watermelon on the back deck at the cabin. And they’re off! Saucony shoes x …

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A Proclamation: Nine Months.

Nine months. No, I am not pregnant. It’s almost as good. I am running again! Well, jogging…but still! And I’m doing it with goals and dreams. Big goals and dreams. And I couldn’t be happier. Everything has fallen into place beautifully since fracturing my femur, 11 weeks ago. The glass remains half full. God is good, all the time! So …

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Sometimes you have to look back to look forward

June 15, 2014 It has been seven weeks since my femur fracture and I continue to progress in leaps and bounds. The most rewarding advancement has been the return to my daily routine. Initially after Jonathan’s parents left, it took nearly an entire day to do the work I did in addition to my training. “Simple” house-hold jobs like laundry, …

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Goodbye Crutches, Hello Cane!

I can hardly believe the incredible progress I’ve made in such a short time. Our bodies are amazing. In just 5 weeks, I have come from one of, if not the, most physical and emotional lows of my life after fracturing my femur with the finish in view while defending my Canadian Half Marathon title. I think the lowest physical …

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A Comeback Kinda Athlete

We are really looking forward to our upcoming family weekend in Ottawa since last going together in 2012 and 2010. It was so kind when Manny, elite athlete coordinator, contacted me shortly after my accident, informing me that we were still more than welcome to go (if I was up to it). He also offered me the opportunity to commentate …

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A Week Later … Life in my Home Office

A Week Later … Life in my Home Office #KristaStrong #TeamDuChene #MarathonMom “Your optimism and steadfast faith are such an inspiration. Your honesty in sharing the tears and struggles is equally an inspiration. Praying for you!” It’s about noon on Sunday, May 4. Exactly one week ago, I sat alone in the elite room after a “gutsy” finish of the …

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Discharge Day at Montreal General – Another Day … in a New Office

#KristaStrong #MarathonMom #TeamDuChene After an even better night of sleeping, I woke up finally feeling somewhat myself again. Yesterday, when discussing my fainting situation with internal medicine, we agreed that I decrease the usage of the oxycodone painkiller. So, I completely stopped it but continued taking tylenol every four hours. Several years ago, I remember watching the clock while on …

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Set Back Day at Montreal General – Another Day … in a New Office

#KristaStrong #MarathonMom #TeamDuChene So I successfully timed my toilet trips and pain meds, which allowed me to get 3 + 2.5 hrs sleep last night. Oh, what a difference that made. I felt much better this morning. My new roomie hardly makes a peep, and has two lovely daughters who rotate shifts during the day. One does 8am-2pm and the …

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Busy Day at Montreal General – Another Day … in a New Office

#KristaStrong #MarathonMom #TeamDuChene Shortly after Jonathan headed back to the hotel Monday evening, I read a few more encouraging messages then settled in for what I hoped to be a restful night. Did not happen. Out of respect for another patient, I won’t get into details but I hardly slept, again for the second night in a row. I know …

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