Walking towards wellness

Since my last post, I’ve been staying active by continuing my walk towards wellness.  I’ve recently participated in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, in memory of friends and family.

What could possibly go wrong?

One week before the big race, I sprained my ankle. Yes, it was one of those freak accidents. I was at a family barbecue when I stepped in a hole and twisted my ankle. I felt the pain shoot through my ankle. “I have to race next week, what am I’m going to do?” was all that I was thinking. At that point, I needed a drink even though I don’t drink (LOL).

Well, needless to say, the party was over for me and, I thought, so were my plans for next week’s big race.

Then, I told myself, “Don’t panic!”

I followed the standard RICE guidelines for my injury – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation – and added a lot of hope that I’d recover quickly.

Let’s Rock ‘n’ Roll

The big day was upon me, and it was time to put my ankle through a REAL test. My ankle was wrapped in a special kinesiology tape, which aids in healing injuries. I got it wrapped for free at the race. Keep in mind, it’s important not to push yourself, you have to listen to what your body is telling you. I felt that with the right support, my ankle would be okay.

It was such a beautiful morning with perfect weather. I met my coworker at the Independence Blue Cross building at1901 Market, and we proceeded to the Ben Franklin Parkway where we met thousands of other runners and walkers. We then went to our corral (this is where the runners are supposed to start based on their running/walking pace) and began our journey of 13.1 miles. All I could think of was to maintain the momentum. My ankle was a little sore but I kept my confidence high, stayed focused, and worked hard to finish the race. I said to myself, “Go for it and no matter what, you will finish the race, you can do this.”

It was a great race. In the end, slow and steady really does win the race.

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