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Getting on your feet for an active healthy lifestyle, it sometimes seems easier said than done right? Life's busy, nuts even especially if you're juggling other responsibilities like a family and maybe running your own business. Then of course there's whatever else life decides to throws at you along the way! You are unique and so are your juggles and struggles.
I'll share some of mine and what I'm doing now.
I've definitely found the last few years a challenge and 2016 was downright crazy!! We had so much going then had some unexpected challenges thrown at us with my eldest becoming ill with Glandular Fever, then not long after a terrible knee injury for my husband which required complicated surgery and a very long road of recovery and rehabilitation. It seemed near impossible to find balance and I really struggled to maintain an active healthy lifestyle.
2 years ago I was running around forest and bush trails having a ball! The adventure of trail running was new and rewarding. I was lucky to meet and be part of a fun loving supportive running group created by James Kuegler's Coaching. We trained together and and caught up for adventure runs.
After a little coaxing I entered the Auckland Xterra trail series for the first time. There are 6 different challenging locations and to be eligible to track your points or to win, you must participate in a minimum of 5 events in the same distance option. The person and team with the lowest accumulated time over 5 events wins.
I chose the mid course and ran as part of a Cadence Team though ended up missed my first race due to a nasty ankle sprain requiring physio - great start I know!!
These Xterra trail runs are definitely challenging and at times so is the extend of the mud!!!! Riverhead and even Woodhill are famous for being muddy but on my goodness parts of Dome Valley were a total mudslide including base camp. One part of the course required precariously clinging to a rope that you truly hoped wouldn't snap while somehow trying to haul and slide your way up a ridiculously steep muddy embankment. I was also trying not to be wiped out by a guy in front of me wearing road shoes with no grip!!
At times I thought I was crazy dragging myself out of a nice warm bed to go and run around these trails in all sorts of weather but boy what an experience!! My Team which was one of 3 Cadence Teams ended up doing very well and we were the overall team winner of the Auckland Xterra Series and I won my age category. Wow! As a newbie to the series I was stoked!
I then went on to run the inaugural Queenstown 1/2 marathon in November. The weather was awful, I was completely soaked, cold and my shoes were actually squelching as I ran over the start line! It had been a bit touch and go whether I'd be well enough to go after being sick with one of those annoying and nasty winter flu's. I hadn't managed to do any training for 5-6 weeks prior which was a shame though luckily the energy of the day carried me through. I was still pretty happy with my time even with having to slow down my pace for last 4-5 kms when it started to hurt!
It's a beautiful scenic course with a few mild undulations to keep it interesting. You run along bush tracks, some road then pop out along the lovely waterfront and finish in Town. I'd definitely recommend this event and you get a medal!!
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Unfortunately it wasn't long after this I was literally stopped in my running tracks with an agonising heel injury I'd been struggling with and had no idea what I'd done only that it was getting worse and more painful to the point I couldn't run at all.
The Tussock Traverse 26km event in Tongariro National Park I'd registered to run now had to be drop down to a 13km walk. I was so upset and disappointed though thankful I was still there and able to enjoy the weekend away as planned. I hadn't been here before and was unfamiliar with the course or how to pace myself for a potentially fast 13km walk.
This Tussock Traverse location is beautiful with short walk up to the start line behind the Chateau. Bang we were off and I was shocked how fast they were walking!!! Digging in I decided to try and keep up walking as fast as I could maintain over rugged mountain terrain clambering over rocks, up and down rickety steps, some were very hairy and unsafe looking! At times I wondered if I'd taken a wrong turn though eventually the track looped back, down past a gorgeous waterfall through the bush and back to the Chateau.
I came in first winning the 13km walk and a lovely wooden trophy!
Racing off for a quick shower, I grabbed some lunch and settled back in to watch and cheer my friends coming through from running the 26km course. It's inspiring watching everyone come in and a great atmosphere.
The Tussock Traverse is another great event I'd recommend whether you're walking or running there's lots on offer in a beautiful rugged location.
The 26km is back on my list ready for another day!
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My painful running injury ended up being Insertional Tendinopathy. It's the degeneration of the fibers of the Achilles tendon directly at its insertion into the heel bone. It may be associated with inflammation of a (retrocalcaneal) bursa or tendon sheath in the same area which I also had.
While the Achilles tendon may be injured in several different locations, one of the worst running injuries occurs when the Achilles is damaged directly at its attachment on the heel. Referred to as an insertional Achilles tendinitis, this type of Achilles injury is notoriously difficult to treat. Noooooo!!!
Insertional Achilles Tendonitis is a condition which involves gradual degradation of the Achilles tendon at its meeting point of the calcaneus or heel bone present in the foot. Insertional Achilles tendonitis causes inflammation, swelling, and pain in the heel. Aged individuals participating in repetitive high-impact activities such as running and hill climbing often get affected with insertional Achilles tendonitis.
Oh come on this really sucks!!! I was heartbroken!! I loved running and still had so many adventures yet to enjoy. I tried lots of different exercises and treatments including a very painful hammer procedure that supposedly takes time to work and there's no guarantee it will. I tried really hard to rehabilitate but like all things it does take time, focus and patience. I probably wasn't the best injured person either, apart from a few sprained ankles I've never really been injured and found this so frustrating. Who's got time to be injured anyway?!!
Life slowly but surely took over as my time, energy and focus slipped elsewhere juggling a young family, running a small consulting business then launching my own new business.
My fitness dropped away, my weight increased and so did my waistline!!
This year I decided enough! I need to work on balancing my life and sharing my time and energy better across all areas of my life including my own health and well being. With the intent to enjoy and maintain an active healthy lifestyle.
So where do you start?
First up its time for a new pair of shoes and having them fitted correctly which is something I've been doing for years.
I'll show you how next time
Be well keep well
Activate Life with Choose Organic Kimberly Sinclair Kimberly@chooseorganic.co.nz +6421302600
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