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2017 Year in Review: Physical Endurance

I am planning to send a few Christmas cards this year, but they won’t include a review of 2017 from the Phoenix family. So instead, I thought I would write a few blog posts (and include pictures) to review the year.

I came across a note I wrote to myself for individual priorities for this year and thought that I would reflect on some of those across a few posts.

I have been blessed with great health in my mere 30ish years of life, but the last couple had been a bit of a struggle, with no real answers on what exactly what was going on. It was rather frustrating to try and fix something when there weren’t clear conclusions on why I was feeling so terrible.

In May, I finally got my answer when I landed in the ER with a gallbladder attack. Thankfully a church member was able to rush me to urgent care and some great EMTs got me to the hospital quickly where Jack met me.

I was waiting to be admitted and still in pain, but Jack cheered me up.

Two weeks later I was taken care of by an excellent medical team and they removed my gallbladder and appendix (Surprise!) and I was on the road to recovery.

Prior to this minor health crisis I had signed up for a 10 mile race in Annapolis that was due to take place at the end of August. A mid-June surgery made this a much bigger challenge, but I was up for it.

16 days after surgery I went out for a 2 mile run and that was the beginning of my training.

Thankfully late August in the mid-Atlantic gave us an unseasonably cool morning to run the hilliest 10 miles I’ve ever encountered just 2.5 months post surgery.

Jenn and I after we finished!

At the end of September I ran the Chicago half-marathon with my brother in law on another unseasonable weather experience with it being 80 degrees at 7am.  Usually a competitor, I was glad to be content in just finishing both races.

The gigantic medals we got at the Chicago half!

Needless to say, I am thankful that I am free of the painful episodes caused by some unnecessary internal organs. I am thankful that my love of running endures and I can give myself some grace when I take a hiatus in the winter.

Jack and I at a 5 mile race with beautiful scenery of the Bay!

I am looking forward to full health and new goals for physical fitness in 2018!

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