In life we suffer setbacks, but it is how we deal with them that really shows our true character. Running has been challenging for me. It has tested everything and a little bit more that I thought I didn’t have. At this point most would just have given up or resorted to using the elliptical every other day for their daily exercise. Sometimes the idea of the elliptical creeps up and seems like the one I should take, but I realize how amazing I feel after I finish a run. How no matter how hard your lungs are breathing and how much your brain is telling you to stop you can always go farther than what you think is possible.
I promise to make this post short and sweet. Trust me after dealing with so much when it comes to fitness, If I can do it so can you. Let’s begin by saying that I finishes PT (Physical Therapy) a few weeks ago! This alone is a huge accomplishment because my knees aren’t bothering me as much as they use too. All I have to do is keep strengthening them and I won’t have to go back and see my PT. Some exciting news I have joined a new gym that offers free fitness physicals. They even give you your own workout plan how cool is that?!? Okay I’m a bit of a gym nerd, I thought it was really cool!
So you may be asking yourself what is so challenging? So far I have not mentioned what would keep me from working out/running. Three weeks before I finished my PT I discovered that if I became over heated I would break out into tiny bumps and a huge red rash all over my body. I became aware of this when I went for a run outside and when I came back home I was itchy and bumpy and red, pretty much a strawberry! I went to my doctor about all of this and they told me all I could do was monitor it and try taking over the counter allergy medication, and if it got worse to come back and see them.
Two weeks ago I decided to attend my first Zumba class at my new gym and guess what I broke out even worse than what I had ever in the past. My whole body was covered and my hands and feet turned red. They became itchy and uncomfortable. So this sounds enough to put me off from even speed walking right? That night I felt bad and I hated my body for hating me. I was annoyed that after being cleared by my PT this would happen. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD HOW MANY MORE THINGS WILL I HAVE TO HURTLE OVER!!!
That following Monday I went back to the gym. Before leaving my house I took some strong allergy medication and crossed my fingers that this would be enough to help with my allergic reaction. I also went with the mind set that this did not define me and I was going to over come this. Lucky enough all of those things worked! The Allergy medication is just a temporary (maybe permanent?) solution until the doctor figures out what is causing all of this, but until then I get to be able to workout and run.
Oh yeah running. I never meant to get off topic but when you have a allergy to working out, running seems like the last thing you should do. I am proud to say that I have started to slowly get back into running. My allergic reaction is still there but not as bad. So as long as I am careful I can run. I have to make sure to take it easy due to my knees and my allergy, but I am very excited that I have already started planning to run a 5k next year. Fingers crossed I can accomplish this!
Have you ever had any injuries/body issues that have prevented you from running?
What keeps you motivated to run?
Anyone have any races that they are excited to run this upcoming year?
See you all tomorrow!
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