I got more into running right after I got married.
I’ve always been very committed to a healthy lifestyle.
I am a vegetarian, and I avoid fast foods, caffeine and empty calories. I workout for about an hour every single day. At the same time my husband and I got married, we also bought a house. We were extremely young, just starting out at our jobs and money was really tight. I could no longer afford a gym membership. I didn’t have the money to buy a bunch of expensive workout equipment. I needed to figure out a way to keep in shape that didn’t cost anything. That’s when I started running. All I needed was a pair of sneakers. I steadily built stamina and increased my distance until I was running anywhere from 6 to 12 miles in the mornings. Unfortunately, I wore a very cheap pair of sneakers that lacked arch support. They weren’t designed for running. Because of the wear and tear on my feet, I developed plantar fasciitis. It felt as if the bottom of my feet, from the heels to the ball, were tearing open with every step. I was forced to quit running and could barely walk. I ended up spending quite a bit of money to purchase customized inserts to go into my shoes. I needed to rest my feet, ice them and take ibuprofen. It took almost a year before I was able to start running again. This time, I made sure to purchase proper footwear. I am now very careful about properly warming up and stretching. I no longer run every single day. I take days off and focus my workout on low impact training. I give my joints and muscles the opportunity to rest and recover.