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"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."
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 ...
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!
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Fitness Minutes: 18,869
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.