Thursday, 19 September 2013

If I can do it, you can do it!

Some people who have never previously run, do not exercise and have birthed six babies might think it's a little crazy to embark on a running regime.  Not me though, oh no, I thought it would be a great idea; a way to stay fit, toned and healthy for free.

My strategy was to map out a five mile route and attempt to run it but for me it was really hard.  I was so out of breath and had to keep stopping because I thought I was going to vomit.  I kept at it, I began to enjoy it and then on my sixth run I injured my knee.  I would now have the perfect excuse to give up but I wasn't about to start being pathetic.

While my knee was recovering I did lots of research into knee injuries.  It turns out I had torn a ligament and this was most likely due to heel striking (landing heel first when running).  This research then lead me to a great book which I'm currently half way through called 'Born To Run'.  This book talks about the Tarahumara tribe who are the greatest runners on the planet, the old and young, men and woman can run hundreds of miles nonstop without injury.  Well to cut a long story short:  Basically the Tarahumara do not heel strike, they run barefoot style.

After two weeks my knee was fully recovered so I started running again but this time I retrained myself to land on my forefoot and mid foot which felt surprisingly good, although my calf muscles well and truly knew about it the next day.  I have not been able to treat myself to a pair of barefoot/minimalist trainers yet but when I do hopefully that will make running a bit more comfortable because the trainers I've got now are awful and blistering my feet a lot.

Yesterday I ran with my husband and three daughters (7, 8 & 10) and for the first time I ran the whole five miles without stopping once.  To say I'm proud of myself would be an understatement.  On my eighth attempt I finally did it.  Of course what I'm most proud of are my amazing little girls.  Samantha (8) was born with talipes/clubfoot which she had an operation on to correct when she was a baby, I'm so pleased she's never let it hold her back.  Like I said in my previous post; she's amazing!
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