Since I’m sidelined for a few recovery days, I thought I would share a little about how I started running at 40. I have a condition called spina bifida oculta in which my bottom vertebra never fully developed, so the left side of my sacrum is fused to my lower spine. It isn’t apparent except in X-ray and it never really affected me until after my 2nd son was born, when it started causing severe back pain. Many times I would have to call my husband home from work because I was paralyzed with pain on the floor, unable to get up to care for my babies. I was seeing a chiropractor at the time, and after I turned 40, feeling like my body was failing me, I told the chiropractor I was tired of feeling fragile and I wanted to try running. He looked shocked but finally conceded that I could run, but never more than one mile at a time. So of course I decided to find a new practitioner😜 At this point I went to our amazing local PT and told him my goal, anticipating a similar reaction. Instead, he told me that my body would do what my mind believed it could, and that over time it would adapt to whatever stressors I put on it. He started me with very basic strength exercises, and I gradually started running more and more. 18 months later I ran my first full marathon at the age of 41👊 Saturday’s marathon was my 5th, and while I’m still a ways off from my goals, I’m definitely moving in the right direction! One of my favorite quotes is this - “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford🙌 Sometimes it’s just about silencing that voice in our minds that says “I can’t.” I still struggle with that voice sometimes, and no doubt that voice played into my marathon bonk on Saturday to some degree. But we have two choices - we can either let our challenges define us, or we can get up every day and work our butts off over and over again until we prove that pesky little voice wrong!💪😘💕
The work/run/life balance was almost non existent today but we managed it in the end! 💤
Up at 5:30am to fit in my run! I'm definitely not a morning run kind of person but sometimes it just has to be done! Followed by a long day at work (Monday evening parents evenings are not the one!!) And now home for a nice warm bath before heading to bed! I certainly know how to live 😂
Eu estava pensando: vai logo nadar sua loca e para de enrolar! To só o pó da gaita maixxxxx fui sereia linda ouvindo um rock 🧜🏼♀️ .
. Nadei 750m soltinhos no ritmo de rock on 👩🏼🎤 depois da corridinha e do treino de força foi o que deu 🖤
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Leg day and 1 miler walk. I walked it out for a while to see how the foot felt while trying my hardest to be cautious. I reaaaaaallly reaaaally wanted to run but I told myself to give it another day or so until it’s completely pain free. SO hard! 😣 Anyhow, I got in a great kettlebell workout. I did this one continuous with no breaks and it felt great to sweat it out. Happy Monday friends. -
All with the kettlebell:
25 kettlebell swings
10 sumo squats
10 side bends/side
10 elevated split squats/side
Repeat x4 -
Running in the snow requires a few things. You need to slow down, watch your footing and, most importantly, enjoy the scenery. I'm often caught up in splits and numbers so a snowy run forces me to let go a little bit and just enjoy the process.
No doubt, we're all after big goals, but at the end of the day I run because I love it. The PRs and the big days are all just icing on the cake.
My relationship with running has evolved significantly over the past decade. For years I hesitated to even call myself a runner. I didn’t see myself as fast enough, strong enough, thin enough, to give myself that title. I’ve run for many reasons, some good, some not. Today I ran because I felt strong and healthy. As always, I’m reminded how lucky I am to breathe the cool air, feel my feet hit the pavement, and feel my heart beat in my chest. Every run is a gift, and I’m just glad I could get out today. #run#runner#running#runhappy#runmilwaukee#dogswhorun#thebaddog#runningwithmydog#runlikeagirl#womenrunning#gratitude#bumpin
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MONDAY ✅ - Actually, Monday was SMASHED!!!! Double Workout ✅ Well technically it sort of a Quadruple Workout (well that’s what I’m counting it as anyway 🤣) This evening I done Lower Body Workout 1 and a Resistance Band Strength Workout!
Took a lot of motivation to start that at 21:30 but it was the only time I could fit it in today in the end as had Mia tonight ❤️ But this is a #noexcuses zone and I’m all over it like a cheap suit 👊🏻 Really enjoyed the Resistance Band Workout - it’s hard but I like that - it’s worth the temporary pain for the bad ass feeling you get after.
Also managed to do a bit more food prep today and got my meals sorted for the rest of the working week now which is awesome!
Really making better use of my time and being so much more efficient. Feeling really good for it, just could do with sleeping a little better at some point, but that will come 😊
So that is Monday well and truly smashed! Bring on Tuesday and 1st Hills session of this Training Plan! 👊🏻 Happy Monday people
Much Love ❤️
PB at yesterday’s Brass Monkey Half Marathon. My husband was injured and couldn’t run so he was support crew instead which he took very seriously! The course was flat but it was hard work due to the strong headwinds! Managed 1:47:20 which is a PB for me. An extremely well organised course with amazing support from the marshalls! #brassmonkeyhalf2019#runcheerleader#manchestermarathon2019#runhappy