When I started this whole "journey to a healthier me," I don't think I completely knew at the time I would be stepping out of my comfort zone as often as I do. It started with my first 5k, a mud run, that started my crazy love of running. The back of the race shirt said, "The comfort zone is a made up place". I laughed to myself and thought, "obviously they have never been in my shoes, I am queen of the comfort zone." That race tested that idea. I did every obstacle, I faced fears, I let go of misconceptions of what I could do, what my overweight body could do, and when I crossed the finish line I knew my life was going to be different from that day forward. And it has been.
As I have stated in my other blogs, I am still learning, I am still trying to figure things out and I am still running, albeit slowly. With my latest leap out of the perceived comfort zone, my insane idea to sign up for a half marathon, I am pushing my body and my mind to do things the old me would never have thought possible. In the process I am also learning I need to take better care of myself. I need to figure out how to fuel my body, how to rest properly and how to get aches and pains taken care of before they become serious issues.
I live with a disease that is under the umbrella of Inflammatory Bowel Disease called Ulcerative Colitis (the other is Crohns) and so fueling is still a difficult thing I am trying to figure out and hopefully I can get it settled sooner than later. It is an autoimmune disease that makes me tired all the time because my body is constantly fighting itself. While I am still trying to focus on how to fuel and rest properly to have enough energy to run, I figured I should focus on the things I know I can do something about and that is taking care of the aches and pains.
Thanks to some encouragement from fellow sponsored athlete, Addie Green, I have stepped way out of my comfort zone and gone to see a chiropractor. I have always thought that they were for "real athletes" and was honestly scared of the snap, crackle and pops (although I have always been okay with those noises from Rice Krispies.) Anyways, after hearing from her that I would feel a million times better and having her calm my nerves a dozen times or so, I found someone who fit the criteria she gave me. I needed to find someone who did A.R.T. and preferably was a sports chiropractor. After some googling and review searching, I settled on
Active Chiropractic. The doctor is a triathlete and he never once questioned my motives for wanting to do a Half marathon. Instead, after one visit I feel like I can conquer the world and maybe even a triathlon one day. I will probably blog more about my trips to the chiropractor the more I go, but so far, I think I may have found a new way to feel better.
Once again I stepped out of my comfort zone and it hasn't been as scarey as I thought. Maybe that shirt from that very first race was right: The comfort zone is a made up place.
Run, walk or crawl, just keep moving forward,
Please click below to read Addie's awesome blogs including about her running the Boston Marathon!