I had a great start to my training – I was dropping weight and building up my endurance. Things could not have been going any better. Then, two weeks into my training, I fell at my daughter’s park play date. I fractured my left foot. For the next few weeks, I was unable to do any type of cardio exercise while I recovered. My injury, complete with various orthopedic boots, left my progress at a standstill.
It was hard to not get discouraged at this stage of the game. Luckily, my family and friends continued to encourage me and provide the positive reinforcement I needed. I am so thankful to have such a great support system. I still watched what I was eating. I did not gain, but I did maintain my weight during my down time.
With all the encouragement from my friends and family, I was not going to let this get me down. So, I decided to lift weights and do crunches so I could continue my momentum. Today, my fracture is healing nicely, my doctor even says that I am healing ahead of schedule. I am now able to do low impact cardio like stationary bike, elliptical and swimming. My grandparents were kind enough to let me borrow their stationary bike until I can start my walking routine again. Still, I will not be able to start any running until April, but I was able to start my walking routine the last week in February. I am registering for my first 10k! I am really excited. I will only be able to walk it but that’s okay because I’ll get to continue to build my endurance so when I can run I am ready to go.
Nothing is going to keep me from completing the half-marathon in January.
To follow Michelle’s journey, check out her blog at www.triptobetterhealth.blogspot.com/. She’ll also check in with Insight periodically with personal progress updates.
Article By Michelle Hentzell