First, welcome to everyone who found me by reading the CNN article that previously ran in Health magazine: “How diet bloggers stay thin.” I may not be “thin,” but I’m definitely working on my nutrition and fitness, so it was an honor to be interviewed! So, thanks for reading my little ol’ blog and please stay tuned as I work to get healthier and more fit!
So you know how I wrote about being afraid of running in my last post? Yeah, well, I’ve decided to kick that fear in the arse!
I received a lot of great responses from that post. Some encouraged me to find the workout that I like doing, and just go for it and not worry about running. And I agree with them … to a point. There’s no need for everyone to run, or like running. It’s not for everyone.
But see, as much as I am afraid of re-injuring myself, I’m also afraid of not running again like I used to. I do believe I can manage the plantar fasciitis and not let it affect me too much. But I will have to listen to my body and give my feet proper respect (to learn more about plantar fasciitis, you can read this article that I wrote for HellaWella.com here.).
Thus, my top priority is proper training.
Training for what, you might ask? Well, the very day that I wrote about being afraid to run, and after receiving a comment from the girl all runners should aspire to be, Tanya, about how she was sad that I felt that way (and I don’t want to let Tanya down — or myself!), my good friend Summer asked if I wanted to run the Vulcan 10K with her again.
Six miles? When I’m kinda afraid of running at all?
Why the hell not?! So that’s what I’m doing. I registered for the run Tuesday, printed out Hal Higdon’s 10K training plan for novices, wrote my schedule on my calendar and kicked it all off with 2 miles of interval running/walking on the treadmill Wed. morning at the gym. I ran another 2 miles this morning and only walked probably 10% of the way — which felt awesome!
And, luckily, so far my foot is feeling good! I know that may change when I increase the distance, so I am going to take it easy and take care of my foot (feet). Learning to love running again is really important to me, so I want to give it my all. I’ll continue to take spinning classes and work in strength training (and you know I love me some Zumba!). But starting the second week of September, I will officially begin my 10K training and I am ready to rock it!
Since my post on Tuesday, I’ve heard some awesome stories about people overcoming injuries (I’m looking at you, Kate!). Have you ever gone on from an injury to pursue an athletic goal that made you nervous at first? How did you handle it, mentally?