South Jersey Belle

It's all about the attitude.


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Will it be easy? Nope.

Will it be worth it? Absolutely. I hate the saying good things come to those who wait. What the hell are you waiting for? If you want something bad enough you have to go out there and suffer for it. No one especially in this day and age are going to hand you anything (few exceptions, but we are not going there).

As you all know by now if you have been reading my blog I injured myself at work and I’ve been totally bummed out about it. I don’t have any kind of cool story to go along with the boot I’m dragging with me, I didn’t save puppies from a burning plane or run an ultra. But this time in recovery, rest, and healing has given me the time to reflect about what my passions are, what drives me, and my plans for after my ankle has healed.

We all tend to go thru times of trial. While in the middle of something we think to ourselves what the hell am I doing here or why am I doing this to myself? My mother always taught me to stick through it, no matter what it may be because there is always a lesson to be learned. Read Jared’s story of how he didn’t want to go to college, struggled through it, and is now working on his master’s degree at an ivy league school. He also shares his many passions on his website.

Today was my first day of physical therapy and my therapist answered and gave me the straight up facts I needed to know to get myself focused on this road to recovery. It was clarified that I tore ligaments or fibers that connect the bone. This explains why there was so much bruising (blood under the skin, gross). He gave me the ok to bike, but I can’t go to crazy! And he fully support swimming because of the lack of pressure. Running is something we will be working back up to.

Zig Ziglar once said, ” Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there.” This quote is what leads me to my point of this post. Years of running developed into a habit. It was something fun, to keep me in shape and is now a passion. I’ve never really pushed myself until the last two years. I saw with my dedication to running my times were getting better. With more drive to see improvement I started cycling for cross training where eventually I pushed my limits as far as an 80 mile ride. I’ve already got two centuries (100 miles) lined up for this year. My motivation to stay healthy and in shape as turned into a lifestyle with some serious dedication and life changing goals. With my first triathlon coming up in July I already know that I want to train for an Ironman 70.3 and eventually qualify for the Boston Marathon.

None of these goals I have presented myself with appeared over night. Training for my first marathon was intense. After my second marathon I was so thrilled with my time and my comfortable pacing, I knew I could push myself harder. Each time I set new goals  I also have to hurdle new challenges.

The one saying I do like, if it was easy everyone would do it.

xo

Leann

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Swimming Beneficial to Runners

I don’t have many options for exercise at the moment-so swimming it is! I started to do my research on what benefits swimming has for runners. As you can properly assume there are a ton of great perks for runners.

1-No Impact!!!! This is a total win for me right now. Running can put  a lot of impact on the body particularly the joints.

2-Breathing Control. Proper swim technique forces rhythmic breathing. When you are swimming you have no choice, but to have your breathing under control and this can translate to running which will allow for a more smooth and efficient run.

3-Flexibility. Swimming allow the upper and lower body to develop flexibility and strengthen ligaments throughout the body that will in turn be of assistance in running (ankles and hip flexors).

4-Burns Calories! Swimming is a full body workout. Working arms, legs, back, core, and shoulders. While swimming provides resistance training for your entire body helping burn calories during your swim and even hours after!

So even though I am struggling mentally and physically not being able to run or bike I am starting to appreciate the pool a little more.


Chlorine is turning into my new perfume.

xo

Leann


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The Follow Up

So it has been five days since I sprained a ligament in my left ankle, its still swollen, and the doctor today has given me orders for physical therapy. This morning was the first time I met with this doctor and he almost had me jumping off the table. He pushed and poked at every tender spot and wanted to see the range or lack there of range of motion in my left ankle. After deeming I would still be out of work for at least 2-3 weeks, the torture of physical therapy will start next week.

To keep my sanity and wit about me I am trying to make the most of this time away from work and my passion of running. I understand many can not resonate how important running is. Many of you reading this may think, its just a form of working out, but really is so much more to me. It’s something I truly love and I’m missing greatly.

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What I can do is swim! I got in the pool today with my pull buoy and with no strain on my foot or ankle I got in a great upper body workout. Swimming is not my strength, hence why I got a swim coach for my training! Maybe over the course of the next few weeks I will come to love swimming who knows! LOL I’m doubtful, but I am happy that I can get in some form of exercise and clear my head for some time during the day.

I’ve had family and friends reach out to me and be so encouraging. I can’t thank you enough for that. It really means to the world to me! Even if you don’t run or race, your kind words have really inspired me. You all have insisted my come back will be a great one and this is really helping me put my head in the right place. I’ve gotten so many text messages telling me I’m strong and that this set back is going to allow me to make a even stronger come back. I can’t thank you enough for straightening me out and the wise words of encouragement.

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You are stronger than you believe!

xo

Leann