Progress

by Jennie

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First time trial of the year today, and glad to say I made it through with limited issues! We did a pursuit, and the back only stiffened up briefliy, but then got better by the end. This window of light means so much. There was a week in the end of April when I couldn’t stand, turn, cough, laugh, or sit without feeling like I was being tased. When laying on the floor was the only position that felt ok, I could only imagine how this summer was going to go. By the end of May I could ski walk, middle of June I could jog slow, then gradually incorporated running, and this week completed a track workout without pain which is HUGE. ┬áI look back to May when I was sitting terrified at the desk with a ┬áneurosurgeon, who said “If I were you, I’d wait to do surgery, but if you want it I can schedule you in tomorrow morning,” and am extremely appreciative for the support through the BSF crew and physical therapy at Excel and Lone Peak. One step at a time.

In June I tried to run on the anti gravity treadmill at Clearwater PT, but it was a bit too soon to be running fast. Despite that, needless to say it felt SO AWESOME to run at %60 body weight! Also slightly depressing when you start to deflate and the weight of the world is back. Thanks Clearwater Therapeutics for letting me play around with the AntiG!

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Ski walking and hiking has been a big part of my mental and physical recovery. Its been super rough, hiking all this beautiful terrain, summiting magnificent peaks, and occasionally on the easy long hikes, taking a few minutes to fly an old kite I got at Second Wind Sports (my new favorite store ever, a consignment store with everything imaginable.) Yup, its been rough…

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I found both my jobs on Craigslist yet again, and they have been great letting me work around my training schedule. Down below is a picture from catering a beautiful legitimate western wedding in a horse barn. Everyone had on their best boots and cowboy hat.

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Above: Let your spirit soar

Below: If you could only have seen the joy when Andrew found a “fresh” Twinkie by the side of the road on our hike on his birthday… #rarefind….#fate….#thatsdisgusting

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Above: Not my car, found in Walmart parking lot. Booyah!

Below: Great band that came to Thursday night Music on Main, definitely worth checking out.

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2 Comments

  1. Fred
    20 July 13, 5:39pm

    Good stuff, Jennie, all good stuff

  2. Krista
    21 August 13, 10:08am

    Jennie,
    Awesome news. I have been lurking and waiting to see your recovery. Way to go!!! I am pulling for you to have no limits!
    Krista

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