I would have to lie if I said I was never a big runner – because I was. I used to run track back in high school – 800m. While I was talented, I had this love/hate relationship with running. I think that was owed to the experience of complete exhaustion ¾ through the race. That was partly due to starting out too fast. But once I had pushed through, it was the best feeling ever. Running made me feel alive.
Now, I’m going to get back into it. And I am more excited than ever to shatter the news with you that today I went on a run again! Last night I made it back to Mainz where I studied and today I explored the beautiful historic city. And trust me, I know that it’s not easy to get back into running.
First, let’s talk about gear. It took a bit of experimenting to find out what works for me. I used to wear clothes that never felt quite right – do you know that feeling? That being said, the number one piece of gear I knew I needed was a good pair of running shoes. Little did I know how much I was going to need them. Shortly after I finally got the perfect pair (linked below), I fractured my calcaneus (the heel bone) – exactly two months ago today. They would accompany everywhere – during the past two months, I wore a medical boot on the left, and the Nike Epic React Flyknit on my right foot – since I used my right leg only, it was perfect. The shoe is durable and so breathable, so that I don’t sweat. I didn’t exercise at all. I couldn’t. But then again, taking the stairs with a broken calcaneus is kind of like single leg box jumps. I am so glad that before my injury, I worked out regularly and mostly using my whole body, because otherwise I would’ve physically been done after one set of stairs, and wearing a durable shoe made the whole experience so much easier.
Even when I knew I was not able to walk anymore, I knew I wouldn’t let my injury stop me. So I am now setting myself the goal to spend moving my body every day, spending those 30 minutes running and dancing it out. And I think you should join me. We can all encourage each other to unplug and to get moving. Spend some time outside, and share your pictures and stories on Instagram with the hashtag #AlexasEarthlings and/or #DanceItOut and tag me so I can see them and repost them to share the positive energy. I think it is essential for my mind to stay sane to spend time outdoors. To motivate you, I will start with you and I will update you on my progress – as I always do, in my stories.
The feeling after? Good music? Or comfortable gear? What motivates you to run?
My running gear: