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I can do hard things..

I love Austin, Texas and I love Rachel Hollis, so when she said they were putting on a run I was all about it! However she is big on pushing yourself, challenging yourself and if a 5k is easy challenge yourself and do the half!

So then I was like, I am so doing the half marathon. But then after talking to some smart, amazing friends, my doctors, my therapists and my husband who all thought it was pushing myself a little much to do a half at this season in my life, it got me to really think about it.

Less than 2 years ago I suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury and Diffuse Axonal Injury. I was in a coma for a week. I had a 10% chance of ever coming out of that coma and if I did it was very likely I would be in a vegetative state. I was ran over by another rider and my neck was ran over and my carotid artery was torn, so I had stroke like symptoms and still have left sided weakness. I am not the same person I was before my brain injury. Not physically and not mentally.

But my theory is that I can run a mile no problem, so I can do it, I can train and it’s in December so by then I can do 13 miles. But as good friends and professionals pointed out, yes I can probably do it. But what will it take to be able to safely run that distance? I will have to train by running miles and miles. Just taking a shower wipes me out energy wise. Just running a mile takes me out for a day or two. So yes I can fly to Austin and enjoy the city, have fun and run but if I run a half marathon will I really be able to enjoy my vacation and is all the training required to be able a half worth what it will do to me before then in normal, everyday life? And will it take me weeks, maybe months to recover from running a 13 mile run?

It got me really thinking. I am definitely one that has always pushed myself, and I still do and usually regret it. I struggle so much with energy. Physically I feel pretty decent but I am nowhere near in shape like before my accident. So I listened, which If you know me that it a hard thing for me to always do. I decided I should start with smaller, more realistic goals like the 5k. So I signed up for the 5k! Even that will require some training, and my husband who is not a runner will be running it with me. It’s a great goal for us both, something we can do and train for together, it will help us get healthier and we will also get to travel in doing so which we love to travel!

I don’t like excuses and I don’t like the word can’t. But I’m not using an excuse, I can run and I will run. I’m so grateful I can run after a severe TBI, so I will run for all those who aren’t as lucky as me and who can’t. But I will do it more at a distance and pace that my body and I can take. I’m so excited to do this, her Rise Events are amazing and I am sure the run will be just as amazing and her and all her friends and Dave will be running too. Lots of people I have met through Instagram will also be there! There will be all abilities there, warriors, survivors, runners, walkers, all kinds of people and it will be amazing!

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