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Project: Extraordinary Outcome

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Here I am, the summer of 2012 after a serious bike accident left me with a broken pelvis. I needed crutches to keep me from collapsing to the ground. A core truly compromised. The blog's title is in response to my orthopedic surgeon's logo motto, "Extraordinary Outcomes". My ortho had said I might not ever be able to run again. I was hurt and mad at the same time. I had wanted to remind him of that logo and how I would work hard to be sure I did run again! After some physical therapy by an amazing physiologist, I was back in business. It's been a long road back. Five months off of running. Then when I worked it back in, PAIN. After the P.T. sessions, I was back, but it was slow getting back what I had lost. Still not there, but just crossing the finish line today was a true victory!

Seventeen months after that fracture, here I am at mile 13 ready to finish my 3rd ever half marathon for my 2nd fastest time, 2:49:00. I had hoped for 2:45:00, but I'll take it! This was my town's first ever Marathon/Half Marathon event and it was a privilege to run the inaugural race.

All went according to plan with a 12 pace for miles 1 - 3, having to FORCE myself to slow it down! Miles 4-8, I was running at pace between 11:32 - 11:40. A little after mile 8, I hit the wall and never came out of it. I started walking more and running less. I have been having trouble with mile 8 in most of my long, weekend runs (which were run much slower, of course). After concentrating today what exactly was going on, I determined my hips were weak and not allowing my legs to do what they wanted to do... My ortho did say to not expect full recovery for 18-24 months. Maybe he was right. Although not in pain, the strength is still not fully there. MYRTLES exercises for me. Most of those exercises in the routine were ones my P.T. gave me to do which I eventually abandoned once all pain was gone. Not a smart move.

The very last mile, I picked it up just a wee bit and brought it home with a smile on my face. A re-meet up with friends and a nice breakfast with them and hubby afterwards made for an ultra fun day!

One scary thing that happened.... At mile 6, a man collapsed and there were several people working on him as they waited for an ambulance. It did not look good. The man had an AED attached to him and looked lifeless. My friend who passed by the scene earlier, said these women who seemed like medics, were performing CPR on his lifeless body. Turns out the women who came to his aid were half marathon runners who were nurses! Two who were running together and one other who stopped to help. They ended up saving this man's life. Here is an article (short and sweet) explaining how they sacrificed their race time for saving this man's life:


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Next Up: A turkey trot 5K....and eventually, another half marathon in May. Can't wait to do it again!
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    Way to fight back, and forget the odds! The human spirit with human strength and will can do incredible feats. You are certainly back!

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    2526 days ago
    Great job pursuing your extraordinary outcome. Runners should learn CPR and have an AED nearby. That way there can be alot more survivors. Perhaps they should give the medical community free entry to races just like they do to elite runners.
    2526 days ago
    Incredible achievement!
    2526 days ago
    Truly an extraordinary outcome a year after a broken pelvis! With even more extraordinary outcomes in the future, I'm sure.
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    At a local 10K last year, a runner collapsed like the one in the article (he was quite young and fit and was at the front of the pack). He was lucky to collapse within sight of emergency personnel waiting along the route and they resuscitated him. Like the runner in the article, he wanted to finish the race but went to the hospital instead.
    They found nothing wrong with him and he was released. Who knows what happened -- he was pushing hard and running very, very fast.
    2534 days ago
    Great job! Glad you're back to running form! Good to see you here too!
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  • CARLA-216
    Great job, Lynn! I'm so proud of you!
    2534 days ago
  • BILL60
    A hearty congratulations to you "Super Woman". Way to hang tough!!
    2534 days ago
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    You really are an inspiration. I'm so happy for you being able to get out and run again ;-). Great job on the race and the determination to make it happen. Love a good news story and this is one! You rock! emoticon emoticon
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    You did GREAT! It isn't easy figuring out and sticking to a good pacing strategy.

    2534 days ago
    you are an inspiration!
    2535 days ago
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