This week was the first week I started taking steps towards the San Francisco 2nd Half Marathon. I began using my fitness pal app again, and tracking my food more seriously. I am really taking it slow in the running department choosing to focus on losing weight before my scheduled training plan takes effect. I am keeping my runs to 1-2 miles at the moment 3-4 times a week, with cross training.
I know losing weight is going to ease my knees and injuries. I really want to get into some really decent shape to give this 2nd half marathon a real go. I have 6 weeks to drop some weight and gradually get into better condition without pushing my body too fast, before my training plan calls for scheduled mileage increases.
I started with a chiropractor to adjust my knees, feet and hips. He adjusted me today. Who knew ones feet could be adjusted? They did! He felt on the bottom of my feet (where I am complaining of Plantar fasciitis).. my feet popped into some alignment! Then he adjusted my knees and hips. I am returning a few times a week as I am gradually easing back into my running and he will adjust me accordingly. He is also applying Kinesiology Tape to my knees friday to show me some different techniques I can try. I figure this is a better step in the direction of being pro-active than taking Rx strength Aleve, as my M.D. suggested. I am on a mission to try and cure this, not mask it. I absolutely have no problem thinking outside the box.
I also have my beautiful new Runner’s Calendar for 2015. It’s hilarious how excited I am with a calendar, but I have always wanted one. It has races all over the world on different dates listed, with July 26th listing my sweet SF Marathon, which I blew up in the photo. It made their list! Also listing tips to prevent injury, exercises, motivation quotes, and of course beautiful destination pictures of places to run.
I love having a goal. It really is something I now know I need in my life. I need something to look forward to, to keep my eye on the prize, and striving to be better. I need the structure. Its probably why I love running so much, it requires an amount of discipline I haven’t always been good at. I have finished everything I have set out to do so far with my running goals, which hasn’t always been the case. This is teaching me to not give up on other goals I have. After this goal, who knows, maybe it will be back to school for me!
Oh.. and as of today… 3 lbs down… to be continued !