Last Sunday my friend Kate, of Kate the Almost Great, featured me in her blog’s “Spoonie Spotlight.” If you’re not familiar with the term, “Spoonie” refers to someone living with a chronic illness, and it comes from the popular “Spoon Theory” by Christine Miserandino (you can read it here). Kate uses this section of her blog to quite literally shine a spotlight on and raise awareness for those of us living with chronic illnesses.
When I went back on Methotrexate in April, one of the first things I did was to look at my calendar for upcoming races that I was signed up for. As part of my goals for the new year, I committed to myself that I would run 3 races this year: mud runs, fun runs, obstacle races – basically whatever me and my bionic hips could manage. I kicked off my race season in April with Muckfest MS and last Sunday I rocked The Color Run.
Over the years I have always struggled to find the right balance when it comes to exercising with my RA. I tend to live in extremes: not exercising at all OR pushing my body waaaaay past its limitations. In fact, it’s only been very recently that I have conceded to myself that I am no longer a runner (more on that in a future post). But in October of last year, I hit my rock bottom. I hated the way I looked and felt, and I knew that I had to make some serious changes. Continue reading “Stronger Than RA”