As a new year begins, it’s always good to look back on the year and think of all that you have accomplished and some of your favorite memories. This is what I am going to do with you today!
I completed Boston Marathon 2012 in 90 degree weather. I had a tough time training for this race and it was also tough realizing that I may have to run this marathon for fun and not compete but I did it with the help of some of my running friends who stuck by my side.
Unfortunately, this was the marathon that also broke me. I suffered from a hip overuse injury which put me out of commission for nearly 7 months. I am still in recovery mode but am doing much better and finally am getting back into the swing of running again.
See more of my Boston 2012 stories !
Because of my Boston 2012 injury, it was difficult for me to do anything active that didn’t irritate my hips. I get terribly bored swimming in a pool so that didn’t last for long. Even though I was never a huge fan of yoga, I knew it was the only thing I could really do it and it was the best thing for my hips.
To get myself in a habit, I challenged myself to completing 30 days of yoga . I conquered that challenge and fell in love with yoga. I would like to say that I can now officially call myself a yogi. I learned that I can love something that I never thought I could and became much more open minded (see what else I learned in my 30 in 30 recap ).
Way back when, my coworkers and I had signed up for the Tough Mudder. Little did I know that I would be injured and have to make the decision to whether or not I could participate. I went in saying that I would try it and listen to my body if I needed to stop.
I was surprised that my hips faired well and my cardio was still in pretty good shape. I think this was the point that I realized that I can workout, but just need to take a break from running. The impact on the ground was terrible for my hips and they needed to be worked out in other ways.
In the end, I not only grew closer with my coworkers but also got a lot stronger. I realized running will never be the same for me. I will be including lots of strength and yoga to help prevent injury and make me a more well rounded athlete.
I’ve been hearing all the buzz about CrossFit and I needed to try it out. I wasn’t sure if it was something I would want to do all the time like running, but I really wanted to form my own opinion about it. When Reebok Back Bay CrossFit held an OnRamp 2 week program for a steal, I couldn’t resist.
Dave and I tried CrossFit for the first time and I even did a double workout day with the Healthworks Workplace Challenge. I learned that CrossFit promotes your competitive side to push you farther than you think you would go. For instance, I would never think to put weight on my back while planking, but we did this in class. And I got to use some everyday objects at home to make my plank more interesting…
Another fitness class that I’ve been hearing so much about was barre, which is pretty much a fusion of ballet, Pilates and yoga. It sounded intriguing so I tried my first barre class at Exhale Spa. I also tried out Btone Fitness and their Pilates reformer classes. I quickly realized that I am addicted to the barre and reformer. These classes make your entire body burn but scream for more at the same time.
Because , I don’t know much about my Korean heritage. I still don’t know a lot but I’ve made an effort to try to learn more about Korean food. I made my first Korean dishes which were Chap Chae and Beef Tacos . Dave and I both LOVE the flavors and are looking forward to explore more of the Korean dishes.
As I had mentioned, swimming in a pool back and forth was never really my thing. It was tough for me to train for Pumpkinman Half Ironman indoors. I really preferred swimming outdoors. I had been debating purchasing a wetsuit to make swimming outdoors easier for me, but never really wanted to dish out the money.
Lucky for me, I won a wetsuit thanks to Pumpkinman Triathalon and Xterra Wetsuits! Now I have to sign up for another triathlon! This time I am going to aim for something more feasible for me to train for, a sprint or an olympic distance.
I want to finish up with one of my best moments in 2012 and that is my 9 year anniversary! It is really difficult to picture him not being in my life as he is such a great support system and my best friend. He’s been there for me through every up an down that I can remember. Not surprisingly, he has helped me return to running. He even physically helped push me up a hill because I was afraid of my hips hurting too much and he stuck by my side on my first 5k back .
I look forward to the memories that are to come in the years to come!