It’s Never Too Late!
In February 2011, I participated in the Breast Cancer Half-Marathon. It was the first sports event I had ever participated in. The months leading up to the walk, I did do some training but during the training, I was getting blistered feet which prevented me from training as much as I wanted too. I finished the walk (13.1 miles) and ended up severely blistered. Not to mention I was a couch potato for a few days after the race with very sore muscles. Still happy I accomplished my goal which was to finish.
Feeling discouraged but determined to make next year better, I went to a specialty running store and addressed why my feet were getting so blistered. Seems I have wide feet for a woman and I made the switch from ladies to men’s shoes since they run wider. I also switched to a very thin wicking sock. I tested my new equipment out and felt confident that I had found the right combination. The friction was causing rubbing which was causing the blistering. Imagine that!!
I made several lifestyle changes this past year. I started down the trek of loosing weight by making better food choices and getting to the gym more often. I signed up for a few smaller races throughout the year (5K, 8K and 10K). I succeeded in completing all the races with no blisters.
In February 2012, the Donna race came up again. My goal, no blisters! The race started at 7:00 am and it was a very cold day. Going over the bridge was so cold but the excitement of the event kept me charged up enough to continue. Walking on the beach for the two miles was a breeze compared to last year (I was already walking on blisters by this point last year – mile 6).
Heading back to the bridge, I remembered how much my feet hurt last year and was hoping the incline wasn’t going to be my undoing. I figured if I was blistered my last three miles it would be nothing in comparison. I was prepared for my feet to start hurting at any time. When I got to the of the bridge, I was shocked at how great I felt.
I finished the race blister free, feeling great. Very little muscle aches. I’m excited to do it again next year. My goal for this coming year is to finish it faster. Even though I’m in midlife and next year I will be 50, I feel confident I can achieve my goals. I like this path I’m taking trying to be healthier in my middle age. I feel better than I did in my 30’s and hopefully my 50’s will be even better. It’s never too late to make positive changes with your diet and fitness life.