I haven’t posted in a while and wanted to check in with you all to provide an update. The hip is doing fantastic. But the knee on the opposite leg is giving me all sorts of grief. I will be seeing the ortho later this month. We will see what he says. The hoopfest injury I sustained a few years back is catching up with me. An attempt at micro-fracture surgery failed to correct the bone-on-bone issue. So…we’ll see what the doc says. I am optimistic.
In the meantime, my time has been occupied with a very VERY busy work schedule and volunteer time as the head XC coach at St. Aloysius Grade School here in Spokane. I just wrapped up another stellar Cross-Country Season with a great GREAT group of kids. We just had our end-of-the-year party and the kids presented me with something that was pretty special.
Running is therapy and coaching is too. Since my running has been minimal lately, I thank GOD for coaching. Even on those days when I have had the worst day at work, those kids just change my attitude and make me smile. This little gift was such a wonderful gesture. I am simply honored.
I continue to run, although not as much. In fact, a few weeks back, I finished a little outing of beer bingo with my SDP teammates. This was a fun little event where everyone wrote down the name of a bar within a 2 mile radius of our starting point. We then proceeded to draw a bar out of the hat, run to that bar, quench our thirst and repeat. While the knee was not totally happy, the running was tolerable, because there was rest (and medicine) at the end of each run. A fine time was had by all.
The Zero Runner has been my saving grace. It has enabled me to keep up my miles and maintain fitness. No pain, at all. I freaking love that thing. I probably talk about it too much, but honestly, it has kept me sane. For those of you having trouble getting your miles in, you should check this machine out. It truly is worth its weight in gold.
Lastly, has anyone noticed the member count on the home page? We have just surpassed the 900 member count! Woo Hoo! People! We are a small nation. We are Hiprunner Nation! With that in mind, it was brought to my attention that we should all try to meet up at regional races. While I am sure that is not possible for everyone, I know there are a lot of like minded people who would like to meet up and run together as ‘The Hiprunners!”. If you are interested in suggesting a race and being a regional ambassador for Hiprunner, I would love to start working with you to coordinate these meetups!