I have been running for just about a year. I did come to a point last year, before I did my 5k, that I felt like a runner. Then, I injured myself and lost all forward momentum.... Maybe I should start at the beginning.
Hi, I'm Amanda. I used to be in the Navy, but that ended in 2011 because I couldn't lose the weight that was keeping me out of regulations. When I discharged, I spiraled into a depression that was centered around my weight and self-image. This lasted for about 2 years. During this time, I gained a lot of weight, which helped keep me in the depression.
Finally, I decided I needed to make a change. I NEEDED to be healthy. So, in February 2013, my husband and I decided to change to a primarily plant based diet. That means no meat, no eggs, no dairy. I dove right in and, for the most part, never looked back. In the beginning, I did have the odd order of cheese sticks, or get just bean and cheese nachos.... but I mostly avoid dairy now, as I've developed an intolerance for it. Now, I did not force my husband to change with me. We agreed that we would not have meat/eggs/dairy at home, just for simplicity sake, but he has whatever he wants when we're out.
Shortly after deciding on a plant based diet, I started running. I believe that was in May or June of 2013, but I can't be sure at this point. I decided I was going to run a 5k by the end of the year, and started training with a C25K (Couch 2 5k) app. In November, I started having some bad pains in my hip. I'm pretty sure it's from running on a tiny ( 18 laps - 1 mile) track in one direction. I think this over-stressed the left hip. So, I stopped running until my planned 5k on 14 December. I was DETERMINED to do this run. My goal was to 1. Finish the race, and 2. Don't be last. I was not able to run the whole thing, but I actually finished under 30 minutes and in the top 25%. I am VERY proud of that. But, I shouldn't have done the race. I ended up in pain again for another 2 months. I didn't run - or even walk if I could avoid it - until the end of February 2014. I've started back on the training - back at the very beginning. Between bad weather and not pushing too hard so I can avoid more injury, I just completed W4D2 yesterday.
So, now we're all up to date. I plan on posting every day after my run - so that's 3 posts a week, unless I end up hurt or something. I will be posting pictures, discussing my run progress, and probably posting some yummy recipes.
And now, what inspired the name of the blog: