Hi all! My involvement in the running community has been on hiatus for a few years. “Life” got in the way and I’ve had no racing or substantial training to speak of. Running went into back seat while family and faith took the driver’s seat. I’ve barely been keeping this blog alive with just a few posts per year but I am now finally working to change that direction and discover the “new me” in life and running.
After visiting with my new Natropath, Deb Belote a couple of months ago, she recommended I start taking a thyroid support supplement. My thyroid markers in my blood test results were not so low that she prescribed artificial thyroid doses, but based on my symptoms, she felt I could definitely benefit from the supplement. She also did some muscle testing for allergies and sensitivities, cranio-sacral work, chiropractic adjustments, and one appointment of emotional healing work. With all that’s gone on over the past few years, my mind and body have been pretty taxed by stress and my thyroid is probably just a little overworked.
Within weeks after those first couple of visits with Dr. Belote and starting the thyroid support supplement, I started feeling more motivated and energetic. For about six weeks now, I’ve felt more emotionally stable and less moody. I feel like I’m slowly emerging from a the heaviness of life stress and starting to get my footing again. I still get tired and overwhelmed with everything I’m committed to (family/church/social/physical), but I feel more capable of managing and coping well.
I’m finally to the point where I’m ready to set some running goals again! My first goal is to run the Classic 10k in Colorado Springs on July 19th. I hadn’t thought much about a time goal, but then this morning in a casual conversation I observed myself admitting that I would love to run under 38 minutes. Woah, did I just say that? Okay well there it is. I’d love to run under 38 minutes. And if I don’t, thats okay too. Whatever my finish time is will be a lovely starting place and will help me develop a plan for where I hope to go.
Where do I hope to go with my running, you ask? Well, I want to qualify for the olympic trials in the marathon again! Why? Because running in the olympic trials is a lifetime bucket list “to do” for me. For a long time I’ve wanted to be a part of the olympic trials experience and run with the best in our country in that inspiring race. I qualified for the 2012 trials and never got to run it due to my hip injury and pregnancy. As I sat home and watched the 2012 trials from my friend’s TV, I felt happy for the girls who got to run but also felt a little bit left out. In the past year I’ve been feeling a growing resolution to qualify again and actually participate rather than watching it on TV. This time around, I’m going to approach my training and racing more moderately and patiently. There are two ways to qualify, either by running a sub 1:15 half marathon or by running sub 2:43 marathon on a legitimate, flat course. I would love to qualify by running a sub 1:15 half, so I’ll aim for that first. I have just under 19 months to qualify. The trials will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2016
Wish me luck!