with my little girl in Maui
My Certified Organic wedding.
I was sidelined last year while training for a half marathon by recurring, intense knee pain that I thought would keep me from running for the rest of my life. After taking 6 months off, I was determined not to give up on my running hobby and decided to take whatever actions necessary to keep at it. I went to see my doctor, who gave me the go ahead to keep running, but with caution and care. Since September, I have studied lots of tips on preventing knee pain and practiced hard to modify my technique, running schedule, and stretching routines.
I think I have finally come up with a schedule and routine that works because I have been successfully running again consistently (3 times a week, about 10-12 miles a week) for 4 weeks without pain, while gradually increasing time, speed, and distance. I am confident that if I keep going slow and steady I WILL be able to keep running, in spite of my need for caution and care with my joints.
I am hoping that with my current schedule (3 days a week for about 45 minutes - hour each session), I can work up from about 12 miles a week to 20 miles a week over the next two months. If I can build up without injuring myself, it's possible I could even get ready in time for the half marathon in mid February. However, this might be a bit too ambitious.
12/22 - 4, 4, 5.25 --complete!
12/29 - 4, 4, 6.25 --complete!
1/5 - 4.25, 5, 7 --complete!
1/12 - 4.5, 5, 8 --complete!
1/19 - 4, 5, 10
1/26 - 6, 6, 7
2/2 - 6, 6, 7
2/9 - 3, 3, 1
2/13 - 13.1
INTRO TO ME::
"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."
This journey began for me when at age 24 my doctor told me I was overweight and had elevated cholesterol. She told me I needed to lose weight and possibly start on cholesterol medication if I didn't get my blood levels regulated with diet and exercise.
I can't tell you how much this shocked me. Up to that point, I had been used to being healthy without "trying" since I had been on the swim team from the age of 5 to 18. I'd even trained for a marathon when I was in high school! (I didn't quite make it at the time.) College and entering the desk-bound work force had obviously taken a toll on my body. (I also blame cheese trays at work.)
I have a history of heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke in my immediate family so high cholesterol was very serious to me. I knew what this would mean to me if I left it unchecked.
At that time, I had thought walking everywhere got me enough exercise, but was eating and drinking out a lot completely mindlessly. I joined a Y and started walking there everyday after work to work out. That summer, my boyfriend of the time (now my husband) and I moved out of the city. At that time I was finally able to quit smoking and put a focus on what I put into my body. I taught myself how to cook nutritiously while becoming an online member of Weight Watchers. I started jogging and swimming at that time again too, which are activities I still enjoy on a regular basis.
Since 2006, I have been maintaining my weight at a healthy level. My cholesterol is still slightly high, but now within healthy boundaries. Thankfully, through a new lifestyle, I didn't have to go on cholesterol meds at 24!
Looking back, I'm almost thankful my cholesterol is slightly high naturally. That was just the scare I needed to realize that my lifestyle was killing me and not when I was 80 or 90, but when I wasn't even 30 years old.
My current goal is to go beyond maintenance to build up greater endurance and strength and to start thinking of myself as an athlete again!
To stay committed.
To eat healthy fuel.
To drink lots of water.
To stay active everyday.
I keep track of myself on SparkPeople.
I see exercise as an opportunity to experience and improve my body, not as a chore.
I eat breakfast everyday.
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