Thursday, 7 February 2013

Random Recovery Ramblings

    • Recovery and Healing is Humbling. It is hard to go from a girl who is training for a marathon, to a girl who is struggling to walk for more than a block and a half. It reminds you to never take your body for granted.
    • Puppies are the best healing companions. Snuggles from Mr. Clark instantly melt my heart.
    • If you have not yet read Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson - then I highly recommend you do! I have been dying laughing all week! I could really relate to her hick town well-water struggles. I DIED!!
    • British TV is the BEST TV! I have been watching non-stop Downton Abbey, Twenty-Twelve, and and Doctor Who.
    • I realized that I have spent the majority of 2012 fighting a losing battle. My body never healed. And I have been struggling with a certain level of chronic pain and discomfort ever since - I just didn't want to admit it.
    • So all that running I have been doing, all that strength training, all effort I have put into recovery was for not. I struggled to log miles, run races, do a proper pushup, find my mojo, even run my first marathon, and it was all harder than it should have been. But that is not my fault. I did the best I could with what I had.
    • Looking back now, that 5:20 Marathon is looking pretty BADASS.
    • This time we are going to get it right. This time I will heal. This time I will be stronger and healthier than I have been for a long. And I can't wait!
    I cannot wait to see what this body can do once it is all healed, and healed up right!
    Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
    Krysten

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    1. So happy to see you back online Krysten! I've been wondering how your week as been going!
      After you finish with Dr. Who, try the spinoff series Torchwood, with character Captain Jack Harkness (very charming and easy to look at actor!).

      I've been reading Jenny Lawson's book too and died laughing at the chapter about the 15th wedding anniversary giant metal chicken (I won't spoil it by saying any more).

      Best wishes for a rapid return to all the usual stuff!

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    2. You're a rockstar! Keep that optimism. It's going to carry you farther than you ever thought! :)
      I need to read that book. It's on my to-buy Kindle list!

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    3. No doubt about it - healing and recovery is humbling. There is nothing like it but it does make you appreciate what you have and your progress. You WILL heal and you will come back stronger. Seriously, look at all that you accomplished in the last year when you were in chronic pain and not 100%. This time around, you are going to rock it even more. Sending lots of love to you. xox

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    4. Nice to see you on your way back. I'm glad that you have made good decisions for your health.

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    5. I forsee in a few short months you will be back at it!! You're a super hero :D

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    6. I was thinking about you today, you are so damn badass it's insane. Get that body healed, keep us updated, and then take on the world!

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    7. Not to sound like a bad 80s song but - don't know what you've got till it's gone! :)

      Glad to see you getting back into the swing of things slowly but surely. And yes, puppies are the best medicine for healing!

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    8. Puppies: agreed. Also agreed: That 5:20 marathon WAS amazing. Just like you.

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    9. Can I ask if you are going to properly heal why you are allowing yourself only one month after this surgery before training starts again?

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      1. Dear Annonymous
        First of all just to be clear the problems I had with healing following my last surgery had nothing to do with my activity level or training schedule. I was cleared to do all activity before I started by my medical team. This additional surgery was a result of unforeseen complications between my robot heart and fake tata.

        Second 4 weeks is the medical timeline I was given and I will be easing into things. Thanks for you love and concern.

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    10. Glad to hear you are in good spirits and doing well!! Good luck on your recovery!!!!

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    11. keep resting and try to enjoy the downtime. you'll be back at it in no time!

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    12. I'm so happy to read this update. Keeping resting and taking it easy. I'm sure you will be back at it in no time :)

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    13. I cannot wait to see you bounce back too! Take care of yourself & enjoy the moments of reflection and rest while you can ;) How can you not with the cute puppy & Downton Abby?



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    14. So glad to see your smiling face! Slow and steady definitely is the way to go on the road to recovery. We will be cheering you on no matter how long it takes.

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    15. I think everything you did last year was amazing after such major surgery. And I have no doubt you'll be even more amazing this time around.

      Downton Abbey is the best! Glad you are getting caught up.

      Hugs!

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    16. I flipping love Doctor Who! We've been watching a few episodes per week and are up to Season 4! It's soooooo good.

      When I read Let's Pretend This Never Happened I was dying. I started to read it in the morning while I was at a cottage and started laughing/giggling to myself at about 7am. Let's just say not everyone in the bunky was overly happy with me ;)

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    17. You will be back at it in no time, so for now, just enjoy all the time you have to recover. :)

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    18. Leave it to downtime to give us perspective. Your positive approach to everything is so inspiring and will take you far!

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    19. Rest, heal and recover. You will be back at it all charged up and ready to go before you know it :)

      xo

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    20. Everything you accomplished last year was badass if you ask me! Great to hear you in such good spirits!

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    21. Dayum girl, you even look lovely in recovery - sending you wishes for less pain and more strength everyday!

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    22. One of my favorite things on Sunday night is to watch Downton Abbey - one cat on my lap, the other on the couch behind my head. Heal well, young missy!

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    23. girlfriend - that training was NOT for not! it showed you what you could do. it was hard and you persevered - and now, you know what you're capable of so when you're back on your feet, you already know you can do it. :)

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    24. Gosh darn tooting that 5:20 was bad ass! My first marathon was around that time and I didn't even come close to facing the obstacles you have overcome. Are you kidding me? Finishing a marathon is an amazing accomplishment, never see it as anything less.

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    25. You're attitude and determination is awe inspiring! and yes 5:20 marathon is BADASS! you're my hero beautiful girl!

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    26. Heal fast brave girl! I agree that British TV is the best (even though I'm slightly biased...) I just got back into Doctor Who...last time I watched it was as a kid! Don't agree with your training for nothing comment, though. Even if you didn't gain anything physically, so much of training and racing is mental and you definitely trained the brain if not the body!

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    27. I'm a huge Dr Who & (recently) Downton Abbey fan, so I need to check out twenty twelve now! :) And I am so glad you are continuing on the mend!!

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    28. I so admire you Krysten! You do things with your Darwinian Fail body that us regular folks never try!!! I know that you will listen to your bod & heal before going to strong. Now that you know what you were feeling last year was telling you something, you can pay attention & make sure all is good - you are amazing!!! I know - I always say that!!! :)

      As for Clark, I think I wrote you the story about the lady that had cancer & her dog. He never left her side & when she was worse, he was there & just was like a shadow to her - they really know all! :)

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    29. Haha I love your list! Keep feeling better!!

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    30. You'll be back stronger than ever...how do i know this? because i'm awesome. and so are you ;)

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    31. Last year was a test and you're stronger because of it. Just because you don't feel it right now. You'll see soon enough.

      AND YES! British television is the best. LOVE it!

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    32. Yes, you are our favorite Darwinian Fail! The Downton Abbey/ puppy combo is aces!

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    33. You certainly are stronger than you think and such an inspiration! Glad to hear that you're [slowly but surely] recovering :)

      P.S. I watched a could of episodes of Downtown Abbey this week and thought it was okay, nothing great, but everyone reassured me that it's one of those shows you get more and more into as the seasons progress... Guess I'll have to give it another shot soon!

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    34. I wish we all (mainly me!!) could face adversities like you! You have all of us (virtually!) behind you and are here for support! Rest, get better, and then you will truly be stronger than ever!! Hugs. Erin

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