Cherish your mobility

I remember back in 2009 when I was training for the NYC Marathon, I would feel so self-conscious when I did my slow penguin wobble run around the cross-country track. The young student athletes and other not so young runners would overtake me easily. Then my left knee developed illiotibial band syndrome (ITBS). It was so painful and I couldn’t run. But in order to continue my marathon training, I walked — sometimes for hours. That was when I realised that my slow running was good, no, it was great!

I shouldn’t have felt bad or judged myself critically. My mobility is a gift from God. Every movement involves multiple muscles, joints, synovial fluid, nerves, blood and sweat. So many things can go wrong, and for some people things do go wrong. And for most people, eventually many things will slowly deteriorate. But while things are still ok, I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. I need to cherish my mobility and be happy for every breathless breath.

June 2018 Fitness Tracker
~ 3 June 4:21pm 17:00 *83cal Ave104 Max126 — Started on an upper body workout and nose started running, decided to stop
~ 10 June 6:08pm 41:00 *288cal Ave 124 Max153 FBSweat Day1 lower body strength + HIIT — feel so lazy!
~ 19 June 5:55pm 37:00 *251cal Ave121 Max152 FBS D2 Upper body & cardio — when I miss so many days, every time I come back I feel so out of shape
~ 20 June 6:33pm 36:01 *240cal Ave120 Max151 FBS D3 HIIT + core — out of breath mostly
~ 21 June 9:27pm 41:01 *204cal Ave104 Max132 FBS D4 Upper body strength
~ 24 June 6:21pm 43:00 *343cal Ave132 Max160 FBS D5 HIIT + Strength — iffy right knee, maybe I should go see a physio
~ 26 June 8:57pm 44:00 *326cal Ave127 Max153 FBS D7 Total body strength
~ 29 June 6:37pm 38:00 *314cal Ave135 Max157 FBS D10 Insane HIIT challenge — Breathless