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Someone recently asked me about my running and how I currently feel about it. True, I'm not running 5 days per week as I have in the past. I'm not even running my usual 3. I think my new norm for awhile (maybe forever) might be 2 days a week.

How do I feel about it? I feel liberated. I feel like stepping outside of the model of runner to something bigger. Because I've said it before, and I will say it again, I am more than just a runner.
As I grow older with my family, I realize that life is constantly changing. I am constantly changing. And learning to embrace the change definitely makes for an easier transition. For probably the first time in my life, I am

It Can Still Be My Year Of Health

I have a lot of nervous energy right now. With Lil Man going to school full time, plus other family dynamics changing, I've been doing a lot and I mean a lot of nervous organizing. Yep, when I get overwhelmed I organize (sometimes clean). But it's mainly been organizing. I guess because I can't control other things I try to control what I can.... which is getting rid of clutter. Clutter drives me crazy. It really does. I take it as long as I can (because it doesn't bother others in my family) and then it just has to be dealt with. So this past week I organized a lot of areas in my home probably to the point of borderline obsessive.

But I am SO glad that I was able to get out and MOVE this week. Yep, I took the boot off last weekend, and on Monday I went for my first run in 4 weeks. I didn't know what to expect. I was actually pretty nervous that I'd feel a lot of pain. My foot felt weird. It was still swollen and definitely off  - but no major pain.


Tuesday I biked.


Wednesday I walked.



Thursday I ran 2 miles. I did feel a sharp pain once, but it subsided.



Friday I rested because my foot was pretty sore. Actually, I've felt pain all week, but I was told that I would. Basically it's supposed to be my new normal? It's not severe (most of the time) but it is annoying. There could still be a fracture, but I'm waiting to see how things progress.

But the more that I've read, weight can play an issue. And from my unprofessional opinion, even muscle weight might be too much. Does that make sense? I was around 105-110 (I'm only 4'10") for the majority of my adult life. Over the last couple of years the weight has definitely crept up to the 130's. Some of it is muscle, and some of it is definitely fat. But I think regardless, I need to take some weight off. So that's where my focus is at the moment - losing the weight and seeing if it does help with the pain.

I'm not really sure how to proceed with lifting. I think it's important. Do I not lift as heavy? Do I use more reps and lighter weights? I'm not sure about all of that at the moment. But I do know what I can focus on and that's eating with a purpose and keeping my food in check.

I said at the beginning of this year that this would be my year of health. WORST. INJURY. YEAR. EVER - but you know... the year isn't over... and it doesn't mean that it still can't be my year of health.

If I lost a pound per week, I could realistically lose 15-20lbs by the end of the year which would put me back down to normal by the charts. And it would put me where my body was used to being pre-weight gain. My blood pressure is really high in addition to the other issues that I currently have going on.

I'm disappointed that I'm not running my Harrisburg and Hershey Half Marathons, but instead of focusing what I can't do at the moment, I'm going to focus on what I can do.

And what I can do is KEEP MOVING like the doctor told me to, and focus on healthy weight loss.

It's too early to tell what my future running holds, but as long as things continue to progress, I plan to run twice a week with cardio the other days. (with of course a rest day or two). I will modify as needed.

The journey to a healthier me continues.... and I admit that I'm excited about the idea of shedding the extra weight.

To health...

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