Tuesday, April 05, 2011
OK! A year ago I thought my sister was crazy!...might still think it...but the fact that she wanted me to play indoor soccer was truly crazy.
I was just recovering from having surgery for endometriosis and was skeptical about my physical abilities. I had dealt with the discomfort and pain of ovarian cysts and the endometriosis for a few years and found I couldn't rely on my body to feel healthy for any amount of time to be able to play a team sport...and be a reliable teammate. While I thought my sister was crazy...I knew I'd be crazy not to try this indoor soccer venture.
So I tried it for a game...and then another...and then another...and loved it. While my skills left much to be desired...I could run and run. It motivated me to join a gym and work on my cardio! I didn't want to be gasping for air after the first 10 minutes. Within a few months I joined that soccer team as a full fledged player. While cardio was the first step...I wasn't strong...so I started working with a trainer and six months later started going to a local "bootcamp". While my teammates have helped me improve my soccer skills, we've all encouraged each other to play hard and get healthy. Some of my teammates run 5k or 10k races and are training for 1/2 and full marathons. What a great group of women and all of them inspire me in different ways.
The exciting part for me about this soccer team...it was one year ago that this team was formed and tonight we won our 8 game session...undefeated! We won every game! We averaged 5 goals per game and only let the other teams score 8 goals on us the entire session. SIMPLY AMAZING!
The progress of my health is amazing as well. I tried something that I felt very uncomfortable with and was rewarded with motivation and good health.
I have completed a 3k, a 5k, and various 3-5 mile runs this last year. I'm signed up for a 10k in May. I went from struggling with 5# weights to now using 10#'s and hoping to move up to 12# by the end of April. I currently play soccer and/or work out for 45-60 minutes 5 days a week...amazing what can come from a crazy notion.
ALWAYS ASK...even on the crazy things...AND ALWAYS REALIZE YOU ARE INSPIRING SOMEONE TO GET HEALTHY!