I love running but running doesn’t always love me!! If you’ve read my story, Jackie’s Story on the Eating For Wellness website you know I’ve been dealing with Adrenal Fatigue since early 2010. I didn’t stop running until I broke my ankle last May after running the Honolulu 1/2 marathon and Ragnar Relay in April. (I broke it stepping in a pothole)
Breaking my ankle was devastating. Not only could I not run but I couldn’t walk, drive or shower by myself for the first few weeks. I was determined to get back to training! I was determined not to regain ALL the weight I lost since starting on the Paleo path. I was determined to live a lifestyle that would insure my full recovery and allow me to get back to my active life. 3 days after I broke my ankle, I was in the kitchen rolling around in an office chair cooking! I knew maintaining my Paleo lifestyle was the key and I wasn’t willing to slide back into old destructive eating behavior. Even though I ate a Paleo diet during my recovery, I gained about 8-10 pounds and knew I had lost my “fitness” being sedentary for 3 months. I was hoping my adrenals had done some healing during that time but my ASI testing in August 2012 showed even more damage.
In August, I tried to start running with my running group USA Marathon Training but wasn’t able to bounce back as quickly as I thought and my goal of running the Long Beach Marathon was over. I went back to Brick Crossfit where I met my coach, Emylee Covell. who helped me with mobility, flexibility, core strength and proper form for lifting weight. I was able to walk 4 1/2 marathons between October and December (Long Beach, Girlfriends, LA RNR and Vegas RNR) My heart wasn’t in walking but my body wasn’t ready to run yet. I decided not to run anymore 1/2 marathons in 2013 and start small and build back up.
I continued to work with Emylee with weight loss being MY only goal (without running I didn’t have any fitness goals) . Luckily, she had other goals for me….jumping rope, handstand push ups and box jumps come to mind! We worked on squats and burpies and my favorite thing in the gym, rowing! We did yoga poses and kick boxing and banded runs through my neighborhood! On Monday April 1, 2013 I did my first EVER box jumps!!! She helped me find my inner athlete again.
After being a spectator at the LA Marathon this year, I decided I was going to do what it took to train and run one more marathon. I posted my intention on Facebook (which is the biggest commitment you can make) and let Emylee know my plan! Now the work begins. I’ve cleaned up my diet. As of this post, I am 100% gluten/grain and 32 days sugar and dairy free which I’m know will help my training as well as my over all well being.
In my next post, I will share past and current tests results as well as future plans for additional testing. I will also share my weight loss/body composition goals and the results of my recent DEXA Scan