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Health & Fit 10 Months After Massive Stroke, 22-Year-Old Finishes First Half-Marathon

02:26  20 november  2019
02:26  20 november  2019 Source:   runnersworld.com

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Ten months after having a stroke , Lauren Ziegler finished the Grand Rapids Half Marathon in 2:25:50. After about two weeks of walking on the treadmill— first assisted by a supportive belt hanging from the ceiling, and gradually on her own—Ziegler had the urge to start running.

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Before her life changed last year, Lauren Ziegler hated running. The Grand Valley State University student, now 22, grew up playing team sports in high school, then joined a CrossFit club in college as a way to stay fit as an undergrad.

a smiling boy wearing a green shirt: Lauren Ziegler used to hate running, but her stroke made her think differently: “You don’t miss something until it’s taken away.”© Courtesy of Lauren Ziegler Lauren Ziegler used to hate running, but her stroke made her think differently: “You don’t miss something until it’s taken away.”

“I started competing in CrossFit competitions in college,” Ziegler told Runner’s World. “I loved every part of my CrossFit workouts except for the running. It was my least favorite thing in the world. The most I would ever run was two or three miles a week.”

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One morning before class in December 2018, Ziegler woke up to find that she couldn’t walk across her bedroom. “I couldn’t move the left side of my body,” she said. “I would try to walk, but I couldn’t stand up straight. I was falling all over the place.”

Ziegler called her sister, Audrie, who found Ziegler lying paralyzed on her bed, unable to talk or move. Audrie brought her sister immediately to the Spectum Health Butterworth Hospital, where the doctors informed Ziegler that she had suffered a massive stroke.

While the doctors didn’t know exactly what caused the stroke, they suggested it might have been brought on by birth control pills, which can slightly increase women’s risk of stroke, Ziegler said.

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After she arrived in the ER, Ziegler remained on hospital bedrest for two weeks while the doctors monitored her vitals and gave her an IV treatment to dissolve the clot. During this time, she took a temporary leave from GVSU. She later transferred to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, where she stayed for a month from January through February to do in-patient rehabilitation.

“I had rehab every day from 9 to 5, including physical, occupational, and speech rehab,” Ziegler said. “First, I had to learn how to talk again, then walk, then run.”

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a group of people watching a man doing a trick on a skateboard: Ten months after having a stroke, Lauren Ziegler finished the Grand Rapids Half Marathon in 2:25:50.© Courtesy of Lauren Ziegler Ten months after having a stroke, Lauren Ziegler finished the Grand Rapids Half Marathon in 2:25:50.

Ziegler’s speech came back quickly, and her strength followed soon behind.

“It helped that I was young and I’ve played sports for most of my life, so my muscles were all there. Starting to walk again was easy,” she said. After about two weeks of walking on the treadmill—first assisted by a supportive belt hanging from the ceiling, and gradually on her own—Ziegler had the urge to start running.

“I’ve never wanted to run in my whole life, but since I couldn’t run at the moment, all I wanted to do was run,” she said. “I guess you don’t miss something until it’s taken away from you.”

Under the careful watch of nurses, Ziegler began to run on the treadmill three weeks after she started walking. This time, running wasn’t a tedious chore, but a treat. Soon after those early jogs, she told her therapists that she wanted to try to finish the Grand Rapids Half-Marathon in October.

“At the time, a half-marathon seemed like such a huge distance,” she said. “But I figured that if I could do that, I could prove to myself that I’m strong and healthy again.”

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a person taking a selfie: At the half marathon on October 20, Ziegler was boosted by cheers from friends and family, including her sister, Audrie. © Courtesy of Lauren Ziegler At the half marathon on October 20, Ziegler was boosted by cheers from friends and family, including her sister, Audrie.

This fall, Ziegler re-enrolled at GVSU, where she plans to graduate next April with a degree in allied health sciences. In between classes, she trained for the half-marathon by running 20 to 25 miles per week, with a peak long run of 10 miles, plus additional strength training. She said she now feels 100 percent when running and walking, but her CrossFit-caliber strength is still coming back.

“I feel like I’m getting a little stronger every day,” Ziegler said. “The running has helped a lot. I used to hate it, but I really enjoy half-marathon training. It’s stress relieving and helps me feel more like myself.”

Going into Sunday’s race, Ziegler’s goal was simply to finish and enjoy her first half-marathon. She had her family and friends cheering her along the full 13.1 miles—including Audrie, who held a sign reading “Lauren: 13.1, Stroke: 0.” Ziegler crossed the line in 2:25:50.

“Now that I know how it feels to not be able to walk, I appreciate running so much more,” Ziegler said. “I think I’ll stick with it.”

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