Laura Kump, Principal
A runner broken down.
We can rebuild her. We have the technology. We can make her better than she was. Better, stronger, faster.
I am a child of the 70s who grew up on corny television shows and slogans. Truly, I can connect any situation to a jingle, slogan, opening song or quote. It’s a slightly troubling habit I’ll admit, but one that helps me formulate leads when I write quite nicely. Who can name the show this quote was taken from?
I am, as you know, injured and most likely missing the marathon I’ve trained for. I haven’t pushed the defer button yet, because you know I’m still praying for a miracle. If I can get this foot in a sneaker, I just may give it a go and walk/run the course. If not, it’s over – likely it is over – but hey a girl can dream.
I’m once again planning to rebuild, learn from my mistakes and move forward toward NYC Marathon 2018. Either way, if I make it this year or not, I’ll be there in 2018 because it’s not the experience I had in mind. I spent my morning planning, that’s just what educators do, plan for success. I’ve got my planning tools lined up, including my nutritionist, functional movement trainer, doctor’s orders (OK, I may not follow these exactly), books and nothing but time today to plan. After spending some time working on planning for my job, I’ve now shifted to planning to rebuild me.
First order of business was to spend time on the phone with my nutritionist, chatting about ways to increase my intake of those pesky vegetables I love to hate and heal my broken bones. I am going back to having a morning veggie drink in my trusty Vitamix starting Monday. This will increase my intake of vegetables to ensure I am getting enough in my day. I had on my to be read pile the book, The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan by Dr. David Perlmutter, a world renowned neurologist. His work around the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain related diseases has become very personal to him following the death of his father. He has dedicated his life to the effort to help others stay healthy through diet and lifestyle changes and I purchased his most recent book to continue my fight to reclaim my health and offset this disease. Today, I finally opened the book and began reading. The first quote really grabs you by the throat –
“In the next eighteen minutes, four Americans will die from the food they eat. That’s one person ever four and a half minutes.“
This is the opening statement I heard recently on a TED talk given by Jamie Oliver. He too has been leading a crusade against the use of processed foods in schools, linking it to higher than average obesity rates in children, and long term to chronic disease. Reading this again reminded me of why I began this journey and helped to reel me in from my week of pity eating. Lot’s of bad choices were made this week for sure. Dr. Perlmutter states that, “You can choose your health destiny.” This gives great hope and sense of purpose to those like me who by virtue of family history, have a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. What goes into my mouth and body, along with other lifestyle choices, can greatly impact my physical well being. I need to keep myself focused on that and move forward to the next chapter of my journey.
This weekend, I hope to put a shoe on my foot, a real shoe. I’m tired of this broken toe version, though I did find I could run in it when needed this week at work. I admit at that realization to thinking of buying a match for the other foot and running the marathon in them, but I’m thinking my feet would not appreciate that at all. I hope to do some light rolling and stretching work and possibly take a nice slow walk. That is my very short term exercise goal. My nutritional goal is to plan my menu for the week, a habit I’ve shared in earlier posts, the only way I stay on track. Tomorrow, I will cook at least three (3) meals that I will rotate for lunch and dinner all week. I will do my food shopping for the week and plan for successful eating that curbs those junky pretzels I ate this week in place of food.
Finally, I hope to chat with my functional movement coach at some point this weekend to plan my long term recovery sessions. I must allow some healing time for the stress fracture before getting back to Central Park, but there are always things we can do to rebuild this broken runner. You can definitely say this woman is down, but not out. I’m still on the road, just recalculating the road map.
I thank each and every one of you who took time to reach out to me following last week’s blog. Your well wishes, jokes and love really were the best medicine. Thank you for your continued support of my blog and mission. I leave you with an exchange I had with a student yesterday that had me hysterically laughing – the best medicine of all.
Student: “What the heck did you do to your foot now.
Me: “This is the same injury I had when I saw you Monday. You know what happened to me.”
Student: “Well, you just keep injuring that foot, don’t you.”
Me: “Guess so.”
Student: “Well, if you keep this up you know that foot may just fall off already.”
Me: Laughing inside. “Hope not!”
Here are some resources I’m spending time with this weekend:
The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan
Functional Movement Specialist
Free consultations are available (includes workout) when you mention my blog or name Laura Hess Kump. Online option available if you can’t make the trip. Worth the time – life changing stuff.
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