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My Wild Ride to 25

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AllisonFew words can adequately describe the feeling you get when you cross a finish line. Whether it’s the line you run over when you finish a race, the line you sign when you buy your first house, or the invisible line of accomplishment you cross when your child is finally potty trained, each finish line brings an intense feeling of satisfaction, accomplishment, and strength.
This spring I set out to cross a new finish line. Having run the Grand Rapids Riverbank Run 10k race last year, I decided the 25k would be the logical choice for this year, right? Despite the sore muscles, dreaded early morning runs, many blisters, and worn out tennis shoes, I finally managed to cross the 25k finish line!
Along the way, I learned 4 important lessons. Whether you’re setting out to train for a race or have some other goal in mind, use these tips to help you on your journey to the finish line.

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Injury at 40- My Road to recovery

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Cheryl SchwietersAt age 40 I was working out, ironically performing exercises for a dynamic warmup for runners (because we should all take time to stretch, not just at age 40) when I heard and felt a very loud “POP”. Almost immediately I went down to the floor with some pretty incredible pain in my right foot. Now, I have been through multiple broken bones, two cesarean sections, and a torn and reconstructed anterior cruciate ligament. By far this was the worst pain I had ever felt. Most of you may be thinking, ruptured achilles tendon, right? Nope, torn plantar fascia - eeww. The dreaded words, plantar fascia. If you are a runner or involved in any activity where you have incurred injury to this area, I am sure you will agree, recovery is quite a feat. Fasciitis can last months and tearing it is not much better. There is not an easy way to fix the fascia as it is a thin sheath of connective tissue designed to assist tissue giving it more stability and strength.

RS2702 iStock 000007147480XSmallThere are 4 ways that you can imporve your health daily, they are free and easily attainable! To help you remember these 4 tips, just think PLAW!

RS1966 shutterstock 189234521 Did you know that many foods can decrease or increase inflammation and help to decrease pain?  It is important to try and maintain a healthy diet, especially while healing after an injury or surgery.  Most people think they should cut back on calories since they are less active or are tempted to eat more unhealthy comfort foods while being stuck at home recovering, but this will not help speed up the recovery process.

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