• Jackie Bradbury

Hurts So Good

It's been about five weeks since I had shoulder surgery.


I'm ahead of the game, in terms of recovery, and I've been released to train some, based on my own judgment.


Now, I know, you're thinking, "Oh, she's gonna overdo it", because you and I both know the temptation to try to push through the pain and train is really, really hard to resist.


However, believe it or not, I actually HAVE been taking it relatively easy.


With the improvement in motion that I already have (strength comes next), I felt good enough to do some training - well, teaching, but I did some actual work of feeding students during the drill parts of class - for the first time post surgery.


MAN, THAT WAS SO AWESOME.


Am I paying for it?


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Look, I haven't trained without pain in literally years.


YEARS.


If I wait until there's no pain, well... that's not feasible.


This week, feeding our students, I absolutely hit a wall where I'd have to take a break, and I didn't push through it - I took the break when I needed it.


But I could, and did, train, completely immersed in the moment.


It was awesome.


One thing that I noticed that I haven't felt in a long time is that I had that happy mental/emotional boost you get when you've spent time immersed in working on the mat.


Y'all know what I mean, right? That warm, upbeat, feeling of... satisfaction.


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I've been riding that wave of satisfaction for days!


It's great to be back, even if it hurts... it hurts so good.


Tell me about your first training/teaching session after a big surgery or injury. Did it "hurt so good"? How did you manage getting back on the mat? Let us know in the comments!

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