Setting the Best Example I Can…by Taking It On
~:: Taking It On ::~
After 10 years of severe, mobility-limiting chronic pain, I found some relief and began running again a little over 2 years ago. In typical fashion, I did too much too fast. Things never felt “right,” but I soldiered on. I was loving the movement, and the pain was far less than it had been. Running gives me peace. It is a tool not just for physical fitness but also for mental health, for reconnecting with the outdoors and with my athletic, pre-kids self. It’s hard to not do something that feels so good in so many ways…even if it’s not feeling entirely good in all ways. I’ve always counseled others to stop running and allow their bodies to heal – really heal – when they are hurt. Here’s where I finally follow my own best advice. A postscript: I’ve subsequently received a medical diagnosis and am about to begin treatment for what is causing my pain.
ABOUT XLMIC: XLMIC is the creator of Taking It On, a blog sharing her attempts, past and present, to meet challenges with as much humor and aplomb as she can muster. Once an internationally-competitive athlete who met foreign heads of state, appeared on Wide World of Sports and was pictured in People Magazine, XL now wipes bottoms, makes cookies and knows Target like the back of her hand. She also runs. XL lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and four children. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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