|I can't wait until I get to do this again!|
So to back up a bit....... the tendon problem has hung over my head since 2009. Well actually, that was the year when I did the initial trigger for what would lead me to where I'm at now. That year I ran the Rock and Ice Ultra up in Canada's North. Motivated by a $10K diamond to win but loosing by a mere 20mins after the 6 day stage race, I should have stopped and took care of the partial tear that I felt in my achilles on day #1 of the event. However, I raced through and then raced more through 2010 and 2011, never fully stopping and letting the injury heal. I'd run and bike, race and race some more, ice, more ice, more therapy....a cyclical pattern that I called "management." With opportunities to keep racing year round springing up, how could I miss out? So I'd go and race and adventure....always in some kind of pain. I'd podium or meet my goal (to some degree) but I knew, I still wasn't running to my potential. 2012 though was the tipping point. I had full adrenal fatigue and a super sore achilles. The bump on the back of my heel was getting larger (calcification) as my body was pulling out all its tricks to stop the tendon from actually rupturing. I raced Leadville that Summer and had one of the worst 100milers of my career. I was bloated from destroyed adrenals, in pain, limping and hating running. What I actually enjoyed the most about that time period was living in Colorado and playing in the mountains. I fell in love with the 14-ers and so the experience of playing over shadowed the disappointing 6th place race finish. I was such a mess after Leadville though I put the breaks on and healed, somehow managing to revive my adrenals. Quick healing oddly enough led to pregnancy in late December 2012. What I should have done for those next 9 months was full rest I suppose but instead, I had a super active, healthy and amazing pregnancy, it was hard to sit still. I returned to running 6 weeks after giving birth (C section) in late 2013 and raced 4 months later at a 50miler in Argentina, early in 2014. Total pain but it just felt SO good to be back out there. So 2014 came and went, racing a bit, some epics, some running and biking and doing pretty good when I toed start lines. Always in pain however, my "management" strategy no longer worked. I knew I had to stop. So in September of this past year, I went down to Tahoe for 3 weeks to pace a friend at the Tahoe 200miler. I got to play in the region for 2 weeks and then run a good 100km of the course. SO MUCH FUN. But I had promised myself that when we returned home, I would take the rest of the year off and not run until I was better.
So....committed to that plan and after months and months of waiting, my day arrived to see various specialists including those at the UBC Sports Med Clinic. I was pretty much told I had bursitis. Simple. Stop running and it will heal. So I started to pull everything active from my life. I was down to swimming and water running. For 3 months this is all I did, for once I surrendered. However, at Christmas time I did a little 15min test to see where I was and KABOOM - no improvement, still at square 1. UGGGGGG!!!!! Seriously!!!!!!
|1hr Post Surgery|
To sum up my life, I only wish that this surgery had happened about 3 years ago, the year of Leadville. I could have rested and healed during pregnancy and then been back to pain free running and sport last year. However, I can't dwell on the past and I have to deal with the present. The surgery has now happened and I just have to focus on getting myself back to 100%.
I'm so motivated to get better that I actually scare myself when I think about it! I have big plans for 2015 that can only be executed as a healthy Jen. New sponsors this year and a new team behind me, I want to do well for them, I want to do well for myself. I'm forever grateful for my therapists here in Squamish who didn't give up on me and kept treating me every single week to keep the tendon healthy. In fact, I fully believe that it's because of them that the tendon didn't actually rupture. Regular massage with Britt and Di at Garibaldi Active Wellness combined with the healing hands of Laura Miller kept me in one piece. Amber Kirk's chiro at SkyHigh Lifestyles brought my body to a new level of movement, moving joints and bones that had been stuck for who knows how long. These ladies as a team allowed me to keep adventure in my life!!! Thankyou!!!!!
So in a nutshell, that is my story of the surgery and the path that I have been on. I don't let my athletes push through injuries, we address things right away. My achilles has been chronic for so long though, it was just like it had been ingrained in my DNA to run and tolerate it. Not again though, never again. Im taking this recovery road seriously, not only did I just pay a lot of money for the surgery, I don't want to rupture the achilles and be out for a year. The surgeon feels very optimistic about what he was able to do inside my foot so Im anxious to see if in 2 weeks I will be allowed to hit the bike and the pool. Fingers crossed.
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I'm struggling with my own set of challenges daily as I adjust to single leg movement. My crutches are a total pain, I prefer to hop about. Lifting Kiel is hard and I can't carry him around (although he running about like crazy too and I can't catch him.) Simple tasks just take longer. However....things could be a lot worse and I know this is all temporary. So head up right! I'm being creative in the kitchen, trying out all kinds of new smoothies and recipes to reduce inflammation and promote healing. I'm having fun cruising through the Manitoba Harvest Hemp recipe page looking at tasty new treats to create. I 100% believe that diet is everything in this healing process and will rely on food to be my medicine. Norm and I are so grateful for our friends here in Squamish who are helping in so many ways to make life easier and pull us through this bump in the road. Im catching up on work and putting lots of energy into our newly formed Run Squamish race series as events are quickly around the corner. My incredible team of coaches at CBC are leading the charge and doing a great job in my absence.
I'll be back on my feet in no time. I'll be posting about my road to recovery here more frequently...the good and the bad! Im also posting my kitchen recipe experiments on
Instagram: JenSegger. Look forward to connecting with you there!
|Time with little man eases the surgery pain!|