Steph, kudos to you for recognizing your limitations. It doesn't sound like it is going to slow you down. An adjustment in goals is not a bad thing. Good luck to you in your endeavors and I hope you find teams that are just as encouraging as this one is. stay strong and be happy no matter what you choose. I expect that you will find that the lessons in running will follow you everywhere.
MB I am not lost, I am exploring. ~Jana Stanfield
PRs Hero HM, 10/19/2014 2:34:27 Hero 10K, 10/13/2013 1:07:51 Space Race 5K, 09/21/2014 30:56 Fall Frolic 4M, 11/02/2014 41:07
Asheville, NC 1st HM, March 16th, 2014.
I am running from dementia.
0 Days until: Chicago Spring HM
Fitness Minutes: (59,589) Posts: 34,045 1/16/14 6:13 P
Steph, I hardly know you as I joined this team fairly recently, but I want to wish you well and compliment you for explaining your decision. Many people just disappear from the radar leaving us wondering.
You don't need to beat anyone else to be a winner.
I know I have not been very active in this team for a while already. I have had too many health issues and other problems and last year I had to make a hard decision. I had to stop long distance running.
9 years ago I was diagnosed with RA. It was hard, but I learned to live with it and for a while was able to continue running, now using the Galloway method. I even ran 2-3 hald marathons per year. But last year I realized something was happening in my body I was overstraining it. Another fall (usually a sign of poor concentration with me), I took a while to get over the injuries and that gave me time to think. I realized the painful days where increasing and my joints where always aching after longer runs. So I made the decision:
I leave long distance running, but will do long walks, I will also continue running on the treadmill in the gym, where I can stop any time. And I will take up golf as a supplement. Even though I will only have time on weekends to play golf, I have been taling lessons for a couple of months and am enjoying myself.
But since I don't run halfmarathons any more I think it is time to leave the team. I continue being active in other teams, so we will still meet.
Thanks for your encouragement & companionship through the years!
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