Good To Be Back
Friday, March 28, 2014
So, for the last couple of years, I haven’t once logged into Spark. I also didn’t log into face book. Funny, of the two, it was Spark that I felt the need to return to.
I really have no good excuse for not logging in to Spark. None. Sure, I was busy – moving, relocating, blah blah blah. I know that taking care of me should be a priority and logging in for a few minutes is an easy way to stay motivated to do just that.
There was an even better reason to continue to log in. Support. When I had the ‘melt down’ after the San Antonio marathon I suffered more than just the ER bills afterwards. I lost my confidence. Participating in endurance sports requires lots of training and the confidence to push through some uncomfortable moments during work outs. Sitting in the ER with monitors and IV tubes crisscrossing my bed scared me. Though I recovered quickly and was released the next day, the fear of repeating the melt down lingered for 18 months. I’m now convinced that the support from Spark friends would have pulled me through that much faster!
As for Facebook, reading about a high school class mate’s rant about crazy teen age drivers (or whatever else they feel compelled to post) – I still do not miss. But, it feels good to be back in Spark with people who are trying to make a positive change in their lives and take control of their health. I enjoy and am encouraged by even the shortest post from SparkPeople about making an effort to be healthier.
As for the long term effects of San Antonio - Sunday, I pinned on a race bib and tried again. It was a much slower effort, but I found the courage to try. Five and a half hours later, I finished the Georgia Marathon! Even better, I had recovered enough to get back in the gym training again on Wednesday!