Whoa, lots of awesome events happening/happened this weekend: The NYRR Half (Hi Kara!), National Marathon/Half, Costa Rica 70.3, New Bedford Half..
The New Bedford Half Marathon- that would be the start line I would've been toeing at almost this exact moment. My body had other plans, and I've come to peace with this new plan at the moment.
Since I've last updated (I know, it's been way too long), my MRI has taken place (Thursday). I also have had some email correspondence with the surgeon's admin, and it appears surgery is a go (barring any major epiphany Dr Theodore has over this weekend).
I think the sheer devastation of losing the majority of 2012 athletically has passed, thank God. I moved into the acceptance phase of this process about a week and a half ago. I have embraced the pool, my bike, strength work, and even the elliptical machine at times (as an aside, that device is NOT built for 80 minutes of work - I tried.). I have logged in plenty of workout hours, despite not one minute of those being a run.
The surgeon will call me Monday to discuss the results of the MRI as well as some big picture stuff. At that point I'll have a better idea of if I'll be able to make some traction with the pavement prior to surgery. If I can, I will be elated. Absolutely, positively giddy. However, if I still cannot run for a little bit, that has to be okay too. While I miss running more than I can put into words, I have come up with a system that is working to keep me sane, and in shape (I think). I'm very proud of myself for getting to this place.
I am cautiously optimistic about next steps.. steps forward, instead of backwards. I am excited to take my bike off the trainer, and get in some riding outside (whoa, who have I become - I'm supposed to HATE my bike?!?). I'm excited to take my first open water swim of the year, and excited to continue to get stronger.
Surgery is scheduled for May 3rd, which gives me about a month and a half to maximize my fitness before going under the knife. I have some hair-brained ideas about a 70.3 later this year, but that's for a whole different post. For now, I'll just continue to take successful baby steps forward.