The Un-Un-Breakable Sarah Schmidt

Carrie: Hey, remember when a break was a good thing? Spring Break, coffee break… Now it’s break-up. Break down. They keep getting worse. What’s next?

Miranda: Hip break?

I would like this post to be about my most recent medal acquisition and my breakdown of the expo and race – but that just can’t be.  I wasn’t able to participate in the Salt Lake Half Marathon this year because I broke my hip.

What happened???

Nothing happened per se. I didn’t fall (again), I wasn’t hit by a car; my hip just decided that it wanted to break up with itself. I don’t know when exactly it happened but I do know that my leg decided to quit working 5.5 miles into my first outdoor run of the year.

Last Run

I have a stress fracture, which is apparently a common injury for female runners my age. I can tell you more about it when the doctor recovers from the concussion he received shortly after he said, “common injury for female runners your age.”

How do you fix a broken hip?

Aside from checking into an assisted living facility in Florida?

With the kind of break I’m dealing with, surgery is not recommended. I’m just supposed to “stay off of it” for 6 weeks. The greater part of those 6 weeks involves crutches. Then you play the fun game of “find out what you can and can’t do based on how much it hurts.” Basically, if it hurts, I can’t do it.

Running is out of the question for all of the 6 weeks and probably longer.

So what about your running events?

I can’t run ANY of my spring races. And I’m very pissed off about it.


It’s embarrassing how completely devastating this is to me. I am missing three running events and medals that not only had I been excited to claim, but had been training for three and a half months to earn.

And yes, it COULD have been worse.

But that is SO not what I want to hear right now.

Are you able to work?

No. Add that to the list of things I’m also pissed off about. Because not being able to walk (very easily), and not having anything else to do gets very lonely and very boring.

If you can’t run, and you can’t work, what CAN you do?

I can whine. I can read. I can watch Netflix, Hulu, and Colleen’s very large collection of DVDs (thank you!). I can crutch around without my pants on and only kind of care. I can Facebook stalk all of my friends. I can make my friends go have lunch with me and they can’t say no because I’M ALWAYS WATCHING THEM NOW, MUAH HAHAHAHA.

And I can use an exercise bike and… aqua jog. It is ABSOLUTELY as lame as it sounds.

Aqua Jogging

I wouldn’t have made it out of bed the past few weeks if it weren’t for all of my fabulous friends and family who have lent me DVDs, taken me out to lunch, dropped in to make sure I was showering, helped clean my home, and drank wine with me. I feel very lucky and most definitely not a failure. In a few short weeks I’ll be back to annoying everyone on instagram with running photos preparing for my one remaining race challenge this year.

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