The Power of Denial

by Heather

And I raaaan….!!

I’d like to thank Flock of Seagulls for providing me with my comeback theme song.


I’d also like to thank Flock of Seagulls for not specifying the distance they ran [except for far away].

Because then I can officially use the song for my quarter mile return to running. Which, by the way, is now a half mile return to running. :)


Yes, it hurts, but minimal compared to running with the tape- and a huge difference as compared to running without any support. And absolutely not at all compared to how much my lungs hurt. Somebody’s out of shape. ;)

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Don’t worry, I won’t continue to update you with each quarter mile run. But don’t quote me on that- it’s pretty darn exciting.

De Nile

It’s funny, with the number of times I’ve been sidelined with an injury, you’d think I fully understood the importance of a gradual re-building phase.

But that’s where the power of denial comes in. No matter how many times or how badly you’re injured, you always think you can jump right back in. You always want to at least.


Even though I limped around for 4 months, and can just barely by the skin of my teeth pull off a minimal length jog now, I still haven’t given up on the races I’d had tentatively scheduled for November and January.

There’s still a part of me that thinks I’m doing them.

Don’t get me wrong- I understand that I’m not. (And don’t worry, I’m not….at least the November one ;)), but I literally can’t admit that fact to myself.

The ironic thing about running 1/4 mile is that it takes just as much time to get dressed, warm-up, stretch, and ice as it does to run 4 miles. But on the plus side- I can eat a gigantic iced cookie as a pre-run snack.

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I mean, how aggravated can a stomach get in 1/4 mile? (Famous last words, right?)

Scone Time!

I had ever intention of posting my round-up of the Best Scones Ever, but attempt at scones was quite the fail. Not a baking fail, just a scone fail. Apparently I’m good at making cookies- I’m not good at making scones.


Instead of scones I ended up with faintly sweet, very cake like fluffy cookies….shaped like sad looking scones.

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Assuming it was time to go back to the recipe drawing board, I went over what I did in my head as I cleaned up my baking mess.  That’s when I picked up the 1/4 cup measure. There was an ever so faint dusting of flour in the edges…

Hmmm. Why is my 1/4 cup measure covered in flour when I only used the 1/2 cup?

OH. Right. That would clear up why my dough was so liquidy and sticky. I only used half the flour I thought I did. Whooops.

Guess I’ll be baking some scones tomorrow. :)

Which means you still have time to share a recipe or where to find the Best Scones Ever!!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or chime in }

Alex @ I Eat Asphalt October 13, 2010 at 8:07 am

Very excited that you survived the first run! Please just take it easy over the next few weeks so you don’t aggravate anything. I’ve pushed myself too hard too quickly and it didn’t work out so well.


Katie @ Healthy Heddleston October 13, 2010 at 8:12 am

Aww congrats on the first run! What an exciting time!!
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Matt October 13, 2010 at 8:50 am

Exciting! Stay safe out there ;)
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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg October 13, 2010 at 8:56 am

Haha…that totally sounds like something I’d do while baking :-)

CONGRATS on the run!!!! Yay!!
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Madeline - Greens and Jeans October 13, 2010 at 10:02 am

Congratulations on surviving the first run! I’m glad it was pain free!
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Theresa @ActiveEggplant October 13, 2010 at 10:18 am

You get a big “YAY” for a good outing now that you’re on your feet again! That brace looks like some serious business – glad to hear it’s working!
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Emily October 13, 2010 at 11:07 am

Yay! When I returned to running from my stress fracture I got SO excited by ANY run. I didn’t care if I got the green light for a tenth of a mile or ten miles it made my day to be doing any running at all! So happy for you that you’re making progress.
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sarah jayne October 13, 2010 at 11:59 am

Wahhooooo for short runs. WAY better than long runs, in my OH-so humble opinion :)

And your baking fail kills me- I am SO bad with things like that. Last time I tried baking, I used 2 tbsp of salt instead of 2 tsp. um. HUGE oops. saltiest pie crust EVER!! :)
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Nichole October 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I am SO proud of you!!! WAHOO! I bet it felt great to get out there and move.

Poofy or not, I bet they still tasted yummy!
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Lisa October 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm

CONGRATS! I’m glad you’re sort of back. Take it easy, don’t stress out and just build it back up. :)
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Erika MC October 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm

That is so funny about your measuring cup – I just did the same thing last week! I hope you figure scones out – I love them!


Kristina @ spabettie October 13, 2010 at 2:20 pm

So Freakin Excited For You !! you’ll bounce back in no time… and hopefully I’m next !! :D
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Eden October 13, 2010 at 2:40 pm

yay for getting back in the running saddle.
When I was in baking class in culinary school, they told us never to bring out measuring cups to class. We had to weigh everything on digital scales to get the amount exact. I hated doing it, as even I dont like stepping on a scale, and now they wanted me to do with with my food? needless to say, a few runs with inaccurate measure left me with some funky looking (and tasting) challah bread.
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Sand Sock Girl October 15, 2010 at 4:19 am

Wow, congratulations for the job well done! Your first run was an accomplishment!!!
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